MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA

When it comes to high drama, there probably isn’t any time in a person’s life that is as tumultuous and dramatic as high school. Well, combat maybe, but not everyone has to face the front lines. They do have to face first period, and when you’re in the shit, it can seem just as bad. Many movies have mined high school histrionics for great effect (the 2000 Japanese dystopian film, Battle Royal, possibly being the greatest) and though the dynamics of class, race, gender and sexual orientation within the hallowed halls of secondary education are certainly well-plowed, fresh aesthetics can … Continue reading MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

Jenny (Anna Kendrick) is down on her luck and has decided to move in with her brother, Jeff (Joe Swanberg), his wife, Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) and their toddler (Jude-the director’s son). It seems like a good idea for all three of them: Jenny gets free rent, Jeff gets his sister to pal around with and Kelly gets some free childcare, but it doesn’t quite works out the way they hoped. Jenny is a little too self-absorbed, destructive and drunk to consistently help out. There are moments where she makes for a good babysitter and even manages to help Kelly rekindle … Continue reading HAPPY CHRISTMAS

Movie Beat – 7.25.14

And So It Goes – Oren Little (Michael Douglas) is not a nice guy and he prefers it that way. He makes his living as a realtor, and he gets his kicks by making others completely miserable. Then his estranged son shows up and drops off Susan (Sterling Jerins), the granddaughter he never knew he had, and Oren has to reevaluate some perspectives. Diane Keaton, John Scott Shepherd and Frances Sternhagen pitch in and lend him a hand. Script from Mark Andrus and direction by Rob Reiner. In limited release from Clarius Entertainment.   The Fluffy Movie – Gabriel Iglesias … Continue reading Movie Beat – 7.25.14

Movie Beat – 10.19.12

Another week, another string of new releases. Here is a quick round-up of ten movies vying for your eyeballs. It’s an off week in the theaters, so feel free to skip all ten and catch up with some very good films that are already in theaters, Looper, Seven Psychopaths, The Master, etc. Alex Cross – Director Rob Cohen is known for Hollywood action films, and some of them are successes, The Fast and Furious (2001), and some are flops, Stealth (2005).  Looks like Cross falls closer to Stealth than Fast and Furious, too bad for Tyler Perry. Looks like Perry is … Continue reading Movie Beat – 10.19.12