Divergent Series: Allegiant (***) gets worse than it gives

If they'd finished, the series, it likely would not have been improved much. The same can be said for every film set that tried the same gimmick outside of the last Harry Potter film. In that case, the first one was the let down. Still, there are worse ways to pass a rainy Sunday. The Hunger Games series, for instance. Too bad the bottom didn't fall out on that series first.

Birdman (***1/2): Who is this guy?

Birdman - 2014 Director Alejandro González Iñárritu Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Lindsay Duncan Screenplay Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo It's during the second balcony scene with Mike and Sam (Norton and Stone) that one begins to realize how riveting Birdman has become. It's not that the script is all that wonderful, … Continue reading Birdman (***1/2): Who is this guy?

Movie 43: Do you like this collection of skits?

Movie 43 - 2013 Directors Steven Brill, Peter Farrelly, Will Graham, Steve Carr, Griffin Dunne, James Duffy, Jonathan van Tulleken, Elizabeth Banks, Patrik Forsberg, Brett Ratner, Rusty Cundieff, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk Starring Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Adam Cagely, Common, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Devin Eash, Anna Faris, Richard … Continue reading Movie 43: Do you like this collection of skits?

The Impossible: Harrowing, simple and beautiful

The Impossible - 2012 Director J.A. Bayona Starring Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pedergast, Sönke Möhring, Geraline Chaplin Screenplay Sergio G. Sánchez The Impossible is a simple story covering the most incredibly horrific event one could ever imagine happening to a person, a family or community.  In this story, we see the Bennett family, on … Continue reading The Impossible: Harrowing, simple and beautiful

I Don’t Have A Vote: Cool Papa E thinks the 85th Oscars Suck

I have to admit it.  Once I found out it wasn't happening, I wasn't interested,  The list of nominees arrived on January 10 and Samuel L. Jackson's name was not among them.  There is no good reason for it, either.  Within the list of nominees, even the guy from his own movie, Christoph Waltz, didn't … Continue reading I Don’t Have A Vote: Cool Papa E thinks the 85th Oscars Suck

Dream House is almost as good as the story surrounding the movie

Dream House - 2011 Directed by Jim Sheridan Starring Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Martin Csokas, Elias Koteas, Taylor and Clair Geare Written by David Loucka The director and stars of Dream House balked at promoting the film, essentially due to the way the movie was cut after its test screenings.  What's more, Rachel Weisz and Daniel … Continue reading Dream House is almost as good as the story surrounding the movie

Just relax, enjoy the ride, ’cause you’re Fair Game

Fair Game - 2010 Directed by Doug Liman Starring Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Michael Kelley, Noah Emmerich, Ty Burrell, Sam Shepard, David Andrews, Adam LeFevre, Khaled Nabawy Written by Jez and John Butterworth "They lied.  That's the truth." Five words, six if you count the apostrophe, that most succinctly describe the Cheney/Bush Administration.  Many egregious … Continue reading Just relax, enjoy the ride, ’cause you’re Fair Game