Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life (2011)

Into the Abyss (2011) – Well, now seems as good a time as any to get into my feelings on the death penalty. Not that I think movies reviews are necessarily the place for such things (though that hasn’t stopped me before) but I think whenever there’s a particularly divisive issue it helps to know … Continue reading

Project Nim (2011)

Project Nim (2011) – This a powerful movie but don’t watch it unless you are ready to have your heart ripped out and thrown against the wall. Holy shit… Imagine all the saddest parts of Rise of the Planet of the Apes (and don’t lie, you know that movie made your eyes tear up) but … Continue reading

Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

Encounters at the End of the World (2007) – I must make full confession, I was dead tired but I didn’t want to go to sleep (as it was the middle of the afternoon) so I decided to watch a movie instead. As such, I didn’t stay 100% conscious the whole time so I feel … Continue reading

Tabloid (2010)

Tabloid (2010) – Keep writing all the “crazy” and “quirky” screenplays you want, Hollywood. Real life still has you beat when it comes to fucked-up weirdness. Famed and rightfully acclaimed documentarian Errol Morris’s latest film is about Joyce McKinney, a woman who kind of has to be seen to be believed. When she was a young … Continue reading

Buck (2011)

Buck (2011) – I’m not sure how much I have to say about this movie other than that is a beautiful film and you should see it. Buck is a documentary about Buck Brannaman, a horse trainer. He has been called the real-life “horse whisperer” (and even worked on the film of that name; Robert … Continue reading

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (2011)

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (2011) – So if you really look at it, Conan O’Brien is a millionaire who quit after his less-than-satisfactory ratings caused NBC to try to move his show (and got several million more for doing so). Still, there’s really the overwhelming feeling like he got screwed. Leno’s ratings were worse than … Continue reading

The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)

The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) – Is The Kid Stays in the Picture based on Robert Evans’ autobiography of the same name? You betcha. Does Evans narrate this documentary himself? Oh yeah, he does. Is my asking and answering rhetorical questions in a cheap imitation of Evans’ style starting to get annoying? You … Continue reading

American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)

American: The Bill Hicks Story (2010) – You know sometimes there are comics who transcend the role of comedian and enter on to a level where I would call them prophets. George Carlin was one. At time, I think Bill Hicks was one. Bill Hicks is not as well-known as other comics (including Dennis Leary … Continue reading

Tales from the Script (2009)

Tales from the Script (2009) – Damn, this movie is disheartening. The movie is about writing movies. It features interviews with many prominent screenwriters such as John August (Big Fish, Go), Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape from New York), Guinevere Turner (American Psycho, Bloodrayne), Allison Anders (Gas Food … Continue reading

Superheroes (2011)

Superheroes (2011) – Last year there was a movie (based on a comic book) called Kick-Ass, about an ordinary teenager without any special powers who decides to become a superhero. The movie started fairly “realistically” (he gets beat up, suffers some nerve damage, manages to beat some criminals up, becomes a YouTube celebrity) before venturing … Continue reading