Trailer For The Rum Diary, And It’s Awesome

Johnny Depp loves all things Hunter S. Thompson, and I love all things when the two of them are mixed. In The Rum Diary, Depp plays a New Yorker who moves to Puerto Rico to work as a journalist. As per Hunter standards, he quickly discovers there’s a comically darker side to paradise. Behind Depp, there’s a killer cast that promise to make Diary unmissable, including Richard Jenkins, Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, and Giovanni Ribisi. The... Read More

Battles Los Angeles

I’m as surprised about this as anyone, but watching Jonathan Liebesman evolve as a director has been extremely interesting. I was first introduced to him by his film Darkness Falls, about a terrifying (or what Liebesman hoped was terrifying) Tooth Fairy gone rogue, in 2003. I still think my movie genius of a brother-in-law hasn’t forgiven me for dragging him to that movie in the name of my birthday back in 2003. It’s an awful,... Read More

Rabbit Hole

In John Cameron Mitchell’s latest film, a short amount of time in the life of a married couple who lost a child eight months earlier is examined. It’s a quiet portrait that, for the most part, doesn’t seek to explain, or resolve anything. It directly compares and contrasts several of the film’s characters, examining the ways they’ve found to mourn.  Becca and Howie (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) have arrived at... Read More

Towelhead

Be prepared to be shocked when watching Alan Ball’s feature-length directorial debut. The unflinchingly dark creator of HBO’s Six Feet Under, True Blood, and writer of the Oscar-winning film American Beauty, Ball went straight for the jugular with Towelhead, hoping to mix things up a little bit.  And that, he certainly does. Towelhead is based on the novel of the same name by Alicia Erian (an interesting name for the author of such a... Read More

The Dark Knight

There’s not really much left to say about ‘The Dark Knight.’  It was a fantastic film.  But everybody knows that.  One visit to TDK Rottentomatoes page will reveal critic after critic falling all over themselves to praise this film almost to no end, calling it a classic, comparing it to Scorsese’s ‘The Departed, and De Palma’s ‘The Untouchables,’ and giving it Oscar buzz like the year was already... Read More