Killer Inside Me

I had tickets to Killer Inside Me long before all this crazy media attention it’s gotten over the past few days.  Truth be told, I didn’t even know what it was about when I made the purchase.  I just decided to tag along with my brother-in-law when he announced he was going.  Since the premiere, there’s been all sorts of stuff going around about the violence... Read More

The Man Next Door (El hombre de al lado)

The Man Next Door is working it’s magic in the World Dramatic Competition and Sundance. It comes from Argentina, and demands that it be noticed.  It’s directed by two promising young men, Mariano Cohn, and Gastón Duprat, who co-wrote the script together as well.  And are both credited as the film’s cinematography.  Narcissistic much? The film is overwhelming... Read More

Jack Goes Boating

It was only a matter of time before Philip Seymour Hoffman decided to direct. He’s gained enough cred in the business to warrant giving him a chance.  But it is slightly shocking that he chose to make his debut with a romantic comedy.  Did anyone else see that coming?  His film, Jack Goes Boating is a movie version of a play by the same name.  Hoffman actually played... Read More

Welcome to the Rileys

Kristin Stewart is continuing on her crusade to try and distance herself from the Twilight series, and establish herself as a serious actress.  Last year she did it with Adventureland, and this year, she has a couple films at Sundance.  In one, she plays Joan Jett, and in it has a lesbian love scene with Dakota Fanning.  In the other, Welcome to the Rileys, she plays a 16 year... Read More

A Prophet (Un prophète)

Jacques Audiard, who has long been considered a French master, takes his work in a completely new direction with his latest project A Prophet.  While I was extremely happy with his previous style (The Beat My Heart Skipped, still ranks in my top ten favorite movies of all time), his new focus is infinitely more broad, and brings a new sense of realism to the table that I could... Read More

Night Catches Us

Night Catches Us is a mildly interesting first attempt at directing by Tanya Hamilton, an alum of the Sundance Lab. The story (which Hamilton also wrote) takes place in Philadelphia in 1978. It focuses on two former Black Panthers, Marcus (Anthony Mackie) and Pat (Kerry Washington). Marcus returns to Philadelphia, after several years in exile, to attend the funeral of his brother.... Read More