Straight Outta Compton (****) is almost brutally honest

Straight Outta Compton - 2015 Director F. Gary Gray Screenplay by Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff Starring O'Shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Paul Giamatti, Neil Brown, Jr., Aldis Hodge, R. Marcus Taylor, Keith Stanfield Straight Outta Compton is a story I needed to see. I knew nothing about most rap in the 90's, even though my music collection was vast. The … Continue reading Straight Outta Compton (****) is almost brutally honest

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Love and Mercy (****) is the song we’ve been waiting for Wilson to sing

Wilson's life has been a blessed one, it's plain to those who have noticed. While not without trials, and a constant challenge of maintaining sanity and sobriety, Wilson has felt the warmth of the sun for some time. That the makers of the biopic should choose Love and Mercy as the title to their enterprise is not by accident. Many consider this a minor song in his catalogue, but it is not. The tenderness and simplicity of the song are on full display here, and they manage to make one realize that if it's not just the genius that so many people appreciate about him. It's his kindness and his simple message that love should rule the day. Questions of historical accuracy aside, they nail this basic truth.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (***): If you can work it in

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: 2014 Director Marc Webb Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field Screenplay Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner The opening segment of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 seems like it could really be fun. The actor most suited for the role, Andrew Garfield, … Continue reading The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (***): If you can work it in

Mary Poppins and Saving Mr. Banks

                Mary Poppins - 1964 Director James Stevenson Starring Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns Screenplay Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi based on the book by P.L. Travers Saving Mr. Banks - 2013 Director John Lee Hancock Starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Colin Farrell, B. J. Novak, Ruth Wilson Screenplay Kelly … Continue reading Mary Poppins and Saving Mr. Banks

12 Years a Slave: Real Real Gone

12 Years A Slave - 2013 Director Steve McQueen Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard Writer John Ridley based on the book by Solomon Northup I have owned a copy of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ for 10 years, and have yet to watch the film.  In my heart, it is easy … Continue reading 12 Years a Slave: Real Real Gone

Turbo is kind of slow on the uptake

Turbo - 2013 Director David Soren Starring (Voice) Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph, Michelle Rodriguez, Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Hader, Snoop Dogg, Luis Guzmán, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michael Bell Screenplay David Soren, Robert Siegel, Darren Lemke Taking elements from one of the least artistically successful Pixar films (Cars) and one of the Pixar films most people forgot (Ratatouille) we have a … Continue reading Turbo is kind of slow on the uptake

John Dies At The End: What in the Name of Elvis is going on?

John Dies At The End - 2013 Writer and Director Don Coscarelli Starring Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Doug Jones, Glynn Turman, Daniel Roebuck, Angus Scrimm, Jimmy Wong One reaches a point where everything is a metaphor, and nothing is real.  Coscarelli reaches this point in the opening moments of John Dies at the … Continue reading John Dies At The End: What in the Name of Elvis is going on?

Rock Of Ages: Hair Spray on a Wig

Rock of Ages - 2012 Directed by Adam Shankman Starring Julianne Hough, Diego Bonita, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bryan Cranston, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige Screenplay by Justin Thoroux,  Chris D'Arienzo, Allan Loeb "What's it like to be THE Stacie Jaxx?" And do we care? Time for nonsense of a different sort.  Rock … Continue reading Rock Of Ages: Hair Spray on a Wig