La La Land (***1/2) The portrait of the artist(s) looks familiar

If you like the elements of a musical, the artist staying true to their dream and romance, you will like and possibly love this film. I am firmly in the former category.

Promised Land plays scientist, judge, jury, etc…

Promised Land - 2012 Director Gus Van Sant Starring Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, Scoot McNairy, Titus Welliver, Terry Kinney, Hal Holbrook Written by Damon, Krasinski, Chris Moore Promised Land is perhaps the laziest script I have seen make it to the big screen.  It takes a debatable subject, bends one side, to make it … Continue reading Promised Land plays scientist, judge, jury, etc…

The Watch shoots mostly blanks

The Watch - 2012 Directed by Akiva Schaffer Starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Rosemarie DeWitt, Richard Ayoade, R. Lee Ermey, Will Forte, Billy Crudup Screenplay by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jared Stern A few weeks after the marketing campaign began for The Neighborhood Watch, a tragedy occurred in Florida that created a huge national stir.  That … Continue reading The Watch shoots mostly blanks

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