SIDEWAYS (2004)

Sideways is directed by Alexander Payne and it tells the story of two old friends embarking on a week long journey to Santa Barbara County in California. Miles (Paul Giamatti) is a divorced English teacher who is struggling to get his book published and he is a borderline alcoholic and socially awkward. He takes his soon to be…

THE KNICK: SEASON ONE (2014)

The Knick is a medical show/ period piece set in 1900 and it is a brutal look into the beginning of modern medicine. Clive Owen plays Doctor John Thackery who has just been assigned as chief of surgery of a small New York hospital after the sudden death of his colleague Doctor Christensen. Thackery is stubborn, cocky and…

CHILDREN OF MEN (2006)

Alfonso Cuaron’s 2006 classic opens with people standing in a cafe watching a live broadcast about the recent death of Diego Ricardo who was the youngest person on earth. That’s right, the year is 2027 and there have not been any babies conceived in the past 18 years and the cause for infertility is unclear and…

CRIMSON PEAK (2015)

Director Guillermo Del Toro’s latest film opens with a shot of our main character Edith played by Mia Wasikowska all bloody and shook after what is seemingly a horrific and violent conclusion to the film then it tracks back to her childhood and goes through the events that lead up to the finale. Guillermo is without a…

BEASTS OF NO NATION (2015)

Beasts of No Nation is Netflix’s first feature film directed by Cary Fukanaga who also directed the outstanding first season of True Detective. The story follows the life of a boy named Agu who lives in a small village in an unnamed west African country. The village he lives in is deemed “the buffer zone”…

THE GIFT (2015)

This is the directorial debut from Australian actor Joel Edgerton who is mostly known for his role in the 2011 film Warrior. The film stars Rebecca Hall and Jason Bateman as a married couple (Simon & Robyn) who move from Chicago to Simon’s hometown. While shopping for supplies for their new house, they are approached by…

TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (2014)

Two Days, One Night is the latest film by the Dardenne brothers starring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard as Sandra, a worker at a solar panel factory in a small town in Belgium, who is currently on sick leave after dealing with depression. At the beginning of the film, Sandra gets a call on a Friday…

FARGO: SEASON 1 (2014)

I have been meaning to check out this miniseries since it first aired on TV and I have no clue how I waited this long to watch it. I have watched the 1996 movie that inspired this show and I was really impressed with the Coen brothers’ classic when I first saw it a few years ago….

KNOCK KNOCK (2015)

It is 2 AM right now and I have just finished watching Eli Roth’s Knock Knock starring Keanu Reeves and I am not quite sure what I saw. Eli Roth has gotten a reputation for directing “torture porn” horror genre movies, he was given that title by a critic who reviewed his 2006 directorial debut Hostel….

SICARIO (2015)

“Sicario means hitman in Mexico” is the first thing we see from the opening scene in the new Dennis Villeneuve film. This was easily in my top 3 most anticipated movies of 2015 simply because of the director’s past work. I loved the baffling Enemy starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the harrowing Prisoners which also stars Jake…

THE VISIT (2015)

M. Night Shyamalan has been one of the most infuriating directors for the past decade for making disappointing films that don’t compare to his earlier films. While The Sixth Sense is considered his greatest work; I admire Unbreakable and Signs just as much. Everyone lost it when he made The Last Airbender but I lost my patience…