In this week’s episode, we review the newly released Netflix/Joe Swanberg Jake Johnson movie, Win it All and then we get into another extended potpourri section. In potpourri, we discuss Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, MST3K: The Return, Flashpoint, Atlas Shrugged, Defiance Comedy’s Spaceship to Nowhere, and much more. Continue reading →
In this week’s episode, Tiny and I review and discuss the Netflix original documentary series Making a Murderer. We begin with a brief general review before we dive into a more spoiler-heavy discussion 16:10 into the episode. For Potpourri, I talk about The Jinx, Errol Morris’ The Thin Blue Line, Absinthe, and Pontypool while Tiny talks about the documentary Best of Enemies. Continue reading →
This week Tiny and I share our thoughts on a couple of random picks from our Netflix lists. Tiny’s pick was The Source Family, a documentary about a hippy cult in the ‘60s. My pick was The Crow, the notorious supernatural revenge movie.
For potpourri, Tiny talks up The Walking Dead premiere while I talk about some new Fall TV shows I sampled. Before all of that however, I gush about my experience at the Artcraft Theatre’s Sci-Fright Frenzy marathon in Franklin, Indiana. Continue reading →
Well, here we are. We’ve reached the end of season 2 of House of Cards and the end of my episode-by-episode reviews. I hope you enjoyed going through this season of the show with me. It’s been fun (and a bit tedious at times, to be honest) to bring you reviews of every episode. But I did it for you and for the sake of the “country” of Netflix users. One nation, Underwood.
We’re coming up on the end of the season now and some of the bigger pieces are starting to fall into place. Doug is getting closer to relapsing while Frank lies to a prosecutor and further manipulates a fatigued President Walker. Continue reading →
Chapter 22 (directed by Jodie Foster) takes the war between Frank and Tusk to personal levels. The Underwoods deal with scandal from an enemy unwilling to back down. Even when the couple deals with an aggressive offensive from Tusk, the billionaire still has more tricks up his sleeve. Continue reading →
Chapter 21 proves that House of Cards knows how to handle a bridge episode. Despite nothing truly substantial happening in this installment, the show still managed to create an engaging episode that promises to yield dividends in the coming episodes. Continue reading →
In this episode of House of Cards, Frank discovers who’s providing money to the Republicans for a scathing midterm election smear campaign. Meanwhile, Doug takes a trip to China and the Underwoods switch communications directors. Continue reading →
Things are heating up as I get closer to the halfway point of my unnervingly slow trek through a show that’s by all accounts designed to be binge viewed. But I’m committed to analyzing each episode I watch before moving on to the next stellar marriage of writing, acting and directing. Continue reading →
“One heartbeat away from the Presidency and not a single vote cast in my name. Democracy is so overrated.”
I’m back with my second review of House of Cards season 2. In the second episode of the Netflix series’ sophomore season, Frank dips his feet in the presidential arena of power plays and deceit as he’s officially sworn in as VP. Meanwhile, Claire deals with something from her past resurfacing and Lucas (Sebastian Arcelus) looks into the truth on his own. Continue reading →
Last year, in celebration of Netflix’s high-profile jump into original programming, I wrote a review of the first season of House of Cards. I loved it. It quickly became one of my favorite shows on television; a statement I find humorous considering it isn’t on conventional television.
As such, I have been very eagerly awaiting the February 14th premiere of season 2 of this groundbreaking political thriller. As a result of my eagerness, I’ve decided to review each episode of season 2 individually, as I view them. Continue reading →
Pretty slow, which isn't a surprise as the story kind of demands a slow burn to show us the inner pain and turmoil of the characters. It's gorgeously shot and haunting, at times, in its slow tension building. But there wasn't enough there to justify all the long stretches of rehashing ideas and sentiments through voice over. It makes for a rea […]
I sincerely wonder if Olivia Wilde watched Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and decided Elizabeth Banks' comedic take on 90s journalists was accurate enough and did the same.Really though, Olivia Wilde is in an entirely different movie and it feels so forced and incongruous to the rest of the movie. Richard Jewell is a serviceable enough award […]
This was a frustrating watch because it's so aimless by design. Is it a drama about this stoner's laid back attitude toward life? Or is it a comedy about a bumbling, carefree guy coasting through life? I think it's neither. Instead it's just Korine having fun with depicting a lifestyle and nothing more. There are bits of conflict and plot […]
First of all, this documentary had some really stunning cinematography. And I respect the fly on the wall (or bee in the hive?) vérité approach to the film. It's a style of documentary I'm not terribly familiar with and I was impressed with how unobtrusive the filmmakers were.The problem I have is that I just did jot connect with the story being to […]
I really enjoyed Jessie Buckley's performance. The movie was overall just okay. I'm not a fan of country music but the music in Wild Rose is much more solid and enjoyable than I expected.I wasn't invested in the story all that much. The character arc and overall theme of chasing your dreams but also coming to terms with your adult responsibili […]
Just as good, maybe better, the second time around. Out of this world acting from Johansson and Driver. Great supporting acting from Dern, Liotta, Alda. Azhy Robertson does a great job as well.But the way Baumbach handles this story so lovingly and painfully is what makes this such a beautiful movie. Everything fits together so well and the chemistry between […]