“The End of the Tour”: Writing. It ain’t for The Faint o’ Heart, mate.

https://youtu.be/DBk1Mrb4RyM I am a writer. Not trying to come off as boastful. Grab a pen and a piece of paper. Jot something down. Voila. You're now a writer, too. The fact that I write-and sometimes even get published beyond these flick...

“Manchester by the Sea”: Filmmaking of the Very Highest Order

From the moment I became aware of "Manchester by the Sea" I wasn't sure that I wanted to see it.  Now, albeit belatedly, I have.  As it turns out, I did. I don't know what I may add to the...

“two days, one night” of one Helluva Weekend for Marion Cotillard

Before seeing the French domestic drama "two days, one night" I was only cursorily familiar with Marion Cotillard's work. I am now richly informed. Likewise, little did I know that a movie about a blue-collar wife and mother battling to...

Denzel Washington delivers yet again in “Unstoppable”.

Denzel Washington time and time again elevates the calibre of any film he touches. To employ the vernacular, "The guy really classes up the joint". His portrayal of Frank, a no-bulls**t veteran Train Engineer in 2010's "Unstoppable", only serves...

Don’t wait as long as I did to see this Thing!

I can't believe it has taken me this long to finally see John Carpenter's 1982 cult Sci-Fi Horror classic "The Thing". Actually, I can, as this is not the type of genre to which I'm typically drawn. This said,...

What they found in “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” should have NEVER been extracted.

Not for the squeamish. Wanna make sure this is resolutely understood now. I said, not, not, not, not! for the squeamish! Oh, boy howdy, can I tell ya? This father and son coroner tandem pull everything out of this...

“Game Change”: Timely Take on the Future of America.

Fully aware that I am writing for what is largely a UK audience, I nonetheless don't believe it comes as a startling revelation that here in America we stand on the precipice of a brutally contested and enormously critical...

“The Warriors” didn’t do it!!!

Hard to fathom that a flick about a ration of reprobates running for their lives from an onslaught of equally as reprehensible New York City gangs circa the late 1970's would have you pulling for the former. Yet somehow...

Guy Pearce impresses…again…as “The Rover”.

I am becoming ever more partial to Australian cinema.  And the futuristic thriller "The Rover" has only served to amplify my growing admiration. Set a decade into the future after a catastrophic financial collapse, this severely stark story can't help...

“Green Room”: Code Red in The American Pacific Northwest.

Didn't think I really needed to see the skinhead suspenser (yep, I damn well may have just now invented this oddball genre description) "Green Room".  And perhaps I didn't.  But now that I have, there are worse ways to...

“Bob and the Trees”: He can’t quit them.

Bob Tarasuk is a natural force in his first feature film leading role as a middle-aged, woe begotten woodsman in "Bob and the Trees".  Tarasuk's raw and realistic portrayal of a man busting his butt to keep from being eaten alive by financial disaster and...