Bombshell (****) lands solidly

"Which brings me back to Roach. He's biased, one can see he's basically a fair story teller. The desire to give a balanced and honest assessment is essential to understanding the old ways we are leaving to the new world yet to come. Carlson and Kelly want the same things for their daughters as I want for mine. "

Creep (*): Can you believe we made a profit on this one?

So Duplass and Brice made enough here to put a little more money into the next project. That project maybe makes enough to pay for the next project. Maybe someday they strike gold. Maybe someday they make something more scary. Maybe someday they make something more memorable. Not this day.

The Lazarus Effect (*) is deadening

The Lazarus Effect - 2015 Director David Gelb Starring Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Donald Glover, Evan Peters, Sarah Bolger Screenplay Luke Dawson, Jeremy Slater The Lazarus Effect is an amazing accomplishment. It's a miracle that a film that is this bad could get even a relatively small budget of 3.3 million, and then somehow translate that investment into over 10 times that … Continue reading The Lazarus Effect (*) is deadening

Zero Dark Thirty or Forty, Whatever it Takes.

Zero Dark Thirty - 2012 Director Katheryn Bigelow Starring Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Ehle, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Harold Perrineau, Chris Pratt, Édgar Ramírez, Mark Duplass, James Gandolfini Screenplay Mark Boal I spent much of the Bush administration reading books about the wars in the middle east after 9/11.  Most of it was read in disgust … Continue reading Zero Dark Thirty or Forty, Whatever it Takes.

Your Sister’s Sister is sophisticated and boring

Your Sister's Sister - 2012 Written and Directed by Lynn Shelton Starring Emily Blunt, Rosemary DeWitt, Mark Duplass Indy Rule #2 - Opening dialogue for 5 minutes is meant to replace a lack of money in the budget for any special effects. Indy Rule #431 - The tough guy in an independent film is the guy who … Continue reading Your Sister’s Sister is sophisticated and boring

Darling Companion: Woof.

Darling Companion - 2012 Directed by Lawrence Kasdan Starring Kevin Kline, Diane Keaton, Elisabeth Moss, Sam Shepard, Richard Jenkins, Dianne Wiest, Mark Duplass Written by Lawrence & Meg Kasdan What the hell is this?  Lawrence Kasdan at one time, was one of the best talents in Hollywood.  The Empire Strikes Back, the better half of Return of the … Continue reading Darling Companion: Woof.