|"Take Me Home" is from husband and wife team Sam and Amber Jaeger and is an adult romantic comedy about hitting the road. Thom (Sam Jaeger) lives a destitute life of lies unable to get a job or pay rent and illegally drives a taxi to make some quick cash. Claire (Amber Jaeger) is a successful business woman newly separated from her husband and feeling the pain of her childhood separation from her father.||2011 |
Directed by: Sam Jaeger
Screenplay by: Samg Jaeger
Starring: Sam Jaeger, and Amber Jaeger
Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Walks into the bar with intrigue but then forgets the purpose.
|“Girl Walks Into a Bar” is, at once, both better and worse than it was marketed as: A witty comedy with a cast of strangers in inter-locking stories. It’s the inter-locking stories part that gets disconcerting. That generally means we get too many loosely-related stories with too many characters that we barely get to know with meaningless plot lines that don’t go anywhere. This movie isn't that, it's mostly better.||2011 |
Directed by: Sebastian Gutierrez
Screenplay by: Sebastian Gutierrez
Starring: Carla Gugino, Zachary Quinto and Aaron Tveit
Friday, August 24, 2012
The trip may not be new or intense but it is entertaining.
|Trade in a car for a bicycle, and you’ve got “Premium Rush” an action film with such the simplest, transparent twist on the classic formula that it should leave viewers bored within five minutes. It should, but it doesn’t. It’s the rhythm that the film has and carries with it for the entire 90-minute run time that makes it quite satisfactory.||2012|
Directed by: David Koepp
Screenplay by: David Koepp, John Kamps
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon
Sunday, August 19, 2012
A romantic comedy born from fiction where everything has already been written.
|Calvin (Paul Dano) is trying to write a book, a follow-up to his “next great American novel” success story from 10 years ago. He’s been trying to write this new book for 10 years, but nothing comes out. His therapist gives him a writing assignment: take your dog Scotty out for a walk and then write about the type of girl you might meet. Ruby Sparks is born.||2012 |
Directed by: Jonathan Dayton, and Valerie Faris
Screenplay by: Zoe Kazan
Starring: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Undertones of mental illness, religion and politics take Virginia to interesting places.
|Virginia (Jennifer Connelly) is one seriously disturbed woman. One possible look at it is that she was screwed over by having an affair with an aspiring Senator, Dick Tipton (Ed Harris), who left her pregnant and alone to raise her son as a single mother. “Virginia” has a number of storylines, some in present time, some in flashbacks, but all resulting from the affair between Virginia and Sheriff Tipton.||2010 |
Directed by: Dustin Lance Black
Screenplay by: Dustin Lance Black
Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris
Friday, August 17, 2012
A life adventure for three common-sense-lacking, dysfunctional brothers.
|“A Beginner’s Guide to Endings” begins with Duke White (Harvey Keitel) rattling off odds of chance, of life, of games, and of death. He’s determined to kill himself one way or another and see if his death can give his sons better odds at living a semi-functional life. He has five sons, from three different women, and we first meet them at his funeral.||2010 (with 2012 release) |
Directed by: Jonathan Sobol
Screenplay by: Jonathan Sobol
Starring: Jason Jones, Scott Caan, Paulo Costanzo and JK Simmons
Monday, August 13, 2012
Empty characters engaging in adulterous affairs to reveal nothing of significance.
|“Bel Ami” follows Georges Duroy (Robert Pattinson) and his sexual travails with rich women. And that appears to be the entire story. The setting is the Belle Epoque, 19th century era of Paris. The women wear appalling makeup and monstrous hair-styles, the men are bland and indescribable, and the setting is supposed to mirror the lavishness of the rich and the squalor of the poor.||2012 |
Directed by: Declan Donnellan, and Nick Ormerod
Screenplay by: Rachel Bennette
Starring: Robert Pattinson
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Navigating three relationships with dialogue and a twist that ends a beat too early.
|“Your Sister’s Sister” is an indie romantic dramedy. One that tries to say so much with so little; “little” in terms of story and setting. It’s a dialogue driven film about relationships. Jack (Mark Duplass) is depressed, mourning the loss of his brother. His friend Iris (Emily Blunt) sends him up to her father’s cottage for some alone time and beautiful scenery.||2011 |
Directed by: Lynn Shelton
Screenplay by: Lynn Shelton
Starring: Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Walking the typical drama-comedy line but with great camaraderie.
|“Ingenious” (formerly known as “Lightbulb”) is a typical drama-comedy about putting yourself out there and following your dreams no matter how broke or desperate you become. But don’t worry, it’s not as cliché as it sounds. It plays out with comedy and their ideas are anything but commonplace. Matt (Dallas Roberts) and Sam (Jeremy Renner) are life-long friends trying to make it rich with the next genius idea.||2009 (with 2012 DVD release) |
Directed by: Jeff Balsmeyer
Screenplay by: Mike Cram
Starring: Dallas Roberts, Jeremy Renner
Friday, August 10, 2012
An off-beat thriller delving into the crime world of reality and fantasy
almost impossible to understand.
|“The Woman in the Fifth” throws us into the middle of the story. Seemingly a perfect way to start, a back-story is implied begging to be told, and future events destined to unfold to eventually come together in an interesting climax and dénouement. But the back-story never was revealed and the plot elements are indiscernible to the average eye.||2011 |
Directed by: Pawel Pawlikowski
Screenplay by: Pawel Pawlikowski
Starring: Ethan Hawke
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
With witty lines and well written characters we’re entertained through to the original ending.
|“Safety Not Guaranteed” is based on an actual classified ad placed in a magazine, looking for someone to go back in time with. The real ad was just a joke for last-minute content. The movie, though, wonders what if it wasn't a joke. One young writer and two young interns are assigned to the story to figure out who is behind the ad, and how crazy he is.||2012 |
Directed by: Colin Trevorrow
Screenplay by: Derek Connolly
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake M. Johnson, Karan Soni
Monday, August 6, 2012
A beautifully shot story of art in Carmel, California that gets a little lost on its way.
|“The Forger” stars Josh Hutcherson as Joshua, a teenager who was basically born on the wrong side of the tracks but wanders into an upscale community. He’s artistically gifted and this community – Carmel, California – is full of people determined to live the high life even if their honest talents don’t quite get them what they wanted. It has the basic struggles of the haves versus the have-nots and good versus evil.||2012 |
Directed by: Lawrence Roeck
Screenplay by: Carlos De Los Rios
Starring: Josh Hutcherson, and Hayden Panettiere
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Arguing out of moral quandaries and into a place among classic satirical comedies.
|Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) talks. He could argue why America is the best government in the world (igorning errors in syntax) even if they sound like arguments for why it isn't. What he does is spin smoking cigarettes into a good thing. He's the spokesperson for Big Tobacco and he doesn't have to convince you that smoking is good for you, he just has to convince you that it's not not good for you.||2005 |
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Screenplay by: Jason Reitman
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Cameron Bright and J.K. Simmons