“Annihilation” Destroys my Mind

This week’s podcast features a discussion of “Annihilation,” a movie to which I gave five stars upon its initial release earlier this year.  Rather than rehashing the review, this episode is much more about my experience rewatching and inability to get all the answers I want from the movie. Does this inability lessen my love… Read More

One from the Shelf: “The Shining”

I can’t say exactly how it is that I’ve lived 40 years without ever having watched “The Shining,” but when the Stanley Kubrick classic’s number came up for “One from the Shelf” I was delighted.  Trepidatious, but delighted. Would it live up to the hype?  Could it possibly be that good? The film holds such… Read More

“Saving Private Ryan”: Beautiful and Horrible all at Once

Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” is out today in a 20th anniversary edition and that makes it the perfect time to talk about the movie once more. It is, in this reviewer’s eyes, a work of genius.  It is gripping and wrenching and heartwarming.  It asks incredible questions, shows the long term weight of war,… Read More

The Minds Behind “Most Likely to Murder”

For our second podcast episode of the week, we have Dan Gregor and Doug Mand, whose new film, “Most Likely to Murder” is currently available on demand.  The two men wrote the film together, with Gregor directing and Mand appearing on screen alongside Adam Pally, Vincent Kartheiser, Rachel Bloom, and more. The film is heavily… Read More

Ashley Bell on the Emotional Journey of “Love & Bananas”

Last week, I posted my review of “Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story.” This week, I’m fortunate enough to have the film’s director, Ashley Bell, on to discuss the documentary. As related by her, Bell’s story is an incredibly powerful, meaningful, one. It comes across in every answer she gives, each of which feel considered… Read More

One from the Shelf: “Scooby-Doo”

It has been quite some time since I last did a “One from the Shelf” entry, but I was thrilled when I opened the random number generator this week, plugged in the necessary choices, and the 2002 live-action, Raja Gosnell-directed, “Scooby-Doo” movie came up.  I saw the film in theaters and may have checked it… Read More