Martin McDonagh takes a break from Broadway to bring us his first film since ‘In Bruges’

Martin McDonagh, the man who finds humor in the very darkest places has brought us two movies up until this point. The first a short film, named Six Shooter, which won him an Oscar in 2005. The second, the brutally hilarious and touching In Bruges, starring Ralph Fiennes, Colin Farrell and Brandan Gleeson, which I am a huge fan.  In Bruges was Sundance’s opening film in 2008 and McDonagh received another Oscar nom for Best Original Screenplay.... Read More

Guest Review: The Messenger

Last year at Sundance, I caught a screening of Oren Moverman’s The Messenger (you can read my review here).  In the chaos of the festival, I never really had the time to sit down and write out a decent review.   Thankfully, my new found friend, and fellow cinephile, Justin, has written a much more thorough and thoughtful piece on the film.  We differ in our opinions, but his review is convincing enough, I’m going to give The Messenger... Read More

2012

Imagine that!  Roland Emmerich did another epic end-of-the-world flick, starring semi-respectable actors, and boasting a huge budget!  Doesn’t this schtick get old Mr. Emmerich? 2012 features a paper thin plot about crazy solar flares in the few years leading up to the year 2012 that somehow turn the neutrinos in the Earth’s core into microwaves that slowly, but steadily start heating up the planet.  This results in earthquakes, tsunamis,... Read More

Zombieland

I’m not  one for that weird horror/comedy genre. I really did not enjoy Sam Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell.  And there are very few exceptions to this rule for me (see: Dead Snow). But director Ruben Fleischer could really change my mind, in a big way.  His feature-length directorial debut, Zombieland, is hilarious, and breathes new life into the zombie genre just when it needed the most (the vampires have been leading the game for years... Read More

The Messenger

There’s something slightly odd about a former Israeli army officer making a movie about broken American veterans of the war in Iraq. But that’s just what The Messenger is.  The film is Oren Moverman’s directorial debut and is currently in competition at Sundance. The story follows Will (Ben Foster), a decorated war hero that came home with a purple heart for saving some friends during an attack in some nameless Iraqi city. Although... Read More

Transsiberian

Transsiberian is one hell of a fantastic ride! Do what you can to see this little-seen gem.  Before this film, I hadn’t seen anything by director Brad Anderson (unless I happened upon an episode of The Shield that he directed, and I didn’t know it) besides The Machinist, but from now on, I’ll be on the look out for this guy’s next projects. The film follows an American couple: Roy (Woody Harrelson), and Jessie (Emily Mortimer). ... Read More