Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pawn Sacrifice: Movie Review


Interesting line between arrogant genius and sympathy for mental illness.
Pawn Sacrifice is the biographical story of Bobby Fischer. And interestingly, perhaps taking a cue from its subject, it doesn’t have a direct structure. It just takes a few of the significant events of Bobby’s life, occasionally told out of order, and lets the importance of these moments build up who he is. An extra piece of the puzzle of who Bobby Fischer is gets added with each scene. 2014

Directed by: Edward Zwick

Screenplay by: Steven Knight

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Michael Stuhlbarg

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The D Train: Movie Review

Juggling two great characters with comedy and disparate tones.

I love Jack Black and James Marsden more than the next person and the two of them starring in a character-based dark comedy is even better, but “The D Train” is a tough sell for even their biggest fans. First it takes two characters, both of whom are interesting and both of whom are based on very real and relatable character traits, and then it gives them a twist, and then it cartoonizes them. Or, they were cartoonized first, it can be a little hard to separate how this was all thought up in the first place. 2015

Directed by: Andrew Mogel, Jarrad Paul

Screenplay by: Jarrad Paul, Andrew Mogel

Starring: Jack Black and James Marsden

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The End of the Tour: Movie Review

A battle of writers and a friendship with depth.

The End of the Tour is a conversation, a friendship, and a battle of intelligence and neuroses. David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) has just emerged onto the literary scene with the publication of Infinite Jest, hailed as the best writer of his generation. David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) is a new hire at Rolling Stone magazine and convinces his boss to let him cover the end of Wallace’s book tour, interview him and write an article.   2015

Directed by: James Ponsoldt

Screenplay by: Donald Margulies
Based on the book by David Lipsky

Starring: Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg

Friday, September 4, 2015

Before We Go: Movie Review

A simple conversation becomes fun, funny and romantic with two great characters.

Before We Go is simple, romantic, talkative, conventional and it's great. It's exactly what you want in a character-based, dialogue-driven romantic drama where nothing happens other than two characters meet and get to know each other over one night in New York City. The characters are engagingly real, compassionate and yet cynical, and they beautifully evolve after knowing each other for just a few hours. The dialogue is witty and insightful and elevated to dynamic levels by the talented leads. 2014

Directed by: Chris Evans

Screenplay by: Ron Bass, Jen Smolka, Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair

Starring: Chris Evans and Alice Eve