Review: Chi-Raq

Director: Spike Lee Stars: Teyonah Parris, Nick Cannon, Samuel L Jackson It seems like too long since a Spike Lee 'joint' was the cause for particular interest or comment. His last breakthrough commercial hit was Inside Man a decade ago, and even then it was something of a dud. As the years have gone by, little … Continue reading Review: Chi-Raq

Review: Love & Mercy

There are three Brian Wilsons in Bill Pohland's sunlit biopic Love & Mercy. The young, ambitious and scattalogically creative Brian Wilson of the 60's as portrayed by Paul Dano; the weary, troubled, illegitimately medicated Brian Wilson of the 1980's as portrayed by John Cusack; and the man himself, paper-clipped in concert to the end credits, performing the … Continue reading Review: Love & Mercy

Review: Maps To The Stars

Maps To The Stars seems to cement David Cronenberg moving into a new third phase in his career. Having made a name for himself in the 70's and 80's with provocative and perverse body horror pictures, his output since has been almost entirely literary, adapting disparate or 'unfilmable' source materials (his last self-written film was 1999's eXistenZ). … Continue reading Review: Maps To The Stars

Review: The Paperboy

Worst video-game-to-movie adaptation ever. This movie had nothing whatsoever to do with the 1984 Atari game. There was only one scene of someone delivering papers, then it was about something else completely! Score: 0/10 ... Okay, yeah, I'm sorry about that. Couldn't really resist. Call it my inner troll. The Paperboy is of course not based on … Continue reading Review: The Paperboy

Review: Hot Tub Time Machine

***originally written 5 May 2010*** When their jerk buddy Lou (Rob Corddry) is involved in an accident suspected of being a suicide attempt, Adam (John Cusack) and Nick (Craig Robinson) decide to lift his spirits by taking him back to the place where they had one of the best times together; a ski resort that … Continue reading Review: Hot Tub Time Machine