Movie Review: “Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story”

Even if it doesn’t entirely succeed, there is something admirable about Ashley Bell’s documentary, “Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story.”  The piece follows Bell who is accompanying elephant rescuers in Thailand as they attempt to move an ill elephant 500 miles to a sanctuary. Bell serves as director, one of the writers, and a producer on… Read More

Movie Review: “Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare”

Imagine, if you will, a bunch of drunken college seniors, down in Mexico for spring break, ready to party one last time before the “real world” descends upon them. There is liquor.  There is debauchery.  There is infighting.  There is more than one secret floating amongst the group.  There is an evil presence released when they… Read More

Not a Movie Review: “Borg vs. McEnroe”

“You cannot be serious! That ball was on the line!  Chalk flew up!” Back in 2004, I used to hear John McEnroe yell that day after day after day and now, 14 years later, I can still hear it in my head on a regular basis.  I know the exact intonation, I know the hand gestures,… Read More

Movie Review: “Blockers”

Is it possible to make a raunchy teenage sex comedy today, one that focuses on a diversity of opinions and backgrounds and sexual orientations, one that has fun with the genre, one that notes the double standards while still centering itself around them?  Yes, indeed it is, and “Blockers” is the proof of concept. Directed… Read More

Movie Review: “Ready Player One”

I will say right up front that I have two very distinct sets of feelings about “Ready Player One.” The first of these notes how much fun it is to sit there and point out each and every visual in the film that borrows a character or an idea from my youth.  Steven Spielberg’s work here,… Read More

Movie Review: “Pacific Rim Uprising”

I am not a huge fan of the first “Pacific Rim” movie.  The Guillermo del Toro movie may feature great actions sequences and a stirring speech or two, but the main storyline is a strictly paint-by-numbers affair, one we have all seen told before and told better.  Some of the kooky science-y bits are fun… Read More

Movie Review: “Isle of Dogs”

Wes Anderson is a filmmaker truly adept at crafting an image.  Every frame feels carefully composed, every camera angle considered. Watching a Wes Anderson film one gets the sense that they are truly witnessing his vision on screen and a story that is being told in the exact manner he wanted to tell it.  Whether the… Read More