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Review: Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Review: Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

About: Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a 2014 American black comedy film co-written, produced, and directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. The film stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. Plot: Riggan Thomson (Keaton) is a washed-up Hollywood actor who once played...

Review – St. Vincent

Review – St. Vincent

ABOUT: St. Vincent is an American comedy-drama film written and directed by Theodore Melfi, making his feature film debut. The film stars Bill Murray as the title character with Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, and Naomi Watts. Plot: Vincent, a drunken, gambling war veteran retiree, gets recruited by his new single-mom neighbor Maggie to watch over her small...

Gone Girl: A Commentary

Gone Girl: A Commentary

(The following commentary of Gone Girl (2014) contains a necessary plot spoiler. If you’re planning to see the film and have no knowledge of the plot, perhaps read this afterwards. – RS) About: Gone Girl is an American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher. It was adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Ben...

TV Review: True Blood Season 7 – Series Finale

TV Review: True Blood Season 7 – Series Finale

[spoilers – you have been warned]   About: True Blood is an American television drama series created and produced by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional, small town in northwestern Louisiana. The series centers on the...

Review: Chef

Review: Chef

ABOUT: Chef is a 2014 American comedy film directed, co-produced, written by, and starring Jon Favreau. The film co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt and John Leguizamo. It premiered at SXSW on March 7, 2014 and was released theatrically in the United States on May 9, 2014. This film has been out for...

Review: Under the Skin

Review: Under the Skin

About: Under the Skin is a 2013 British-American science fiction film directed by Jonathan Glazer. Produced by James Wilson and Nick Wechsler, it was written by Glazer and Walter Campbell as an adaptation of Michel Faber’s 2000 novel of the same name. The film stars Scarlett Johansson who preys on men in Scotland. Plot: In Scotland, an attractive young woman...

TV Review – American Idol: Season 13

TV Review – American Idol: Season 13

  ABOUT: American Idol, subtitled The Search for a Superstar for the first season, is a reality television singing competition created by Simon Fuller and produced by 19 Entertainment, and distributed by FremantleMedia North America. It began airing on Fox on June 11, 2002, as an addition to the Idol franchise based on the UK show Pop Idol, and has since become...

Only Lovers Left Alive – Review

Only Lovers Left Alive – Review

  About: Only Lovers Left Alive is a 2013 British-German romantic drama vampire film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, starring Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, and Jeffrey Wright. It was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Hmmm. I have seen pretty much every vampire-themed film and television show, My...

Review – Divergent

Review – Divergent

About: Divergent is a 2014 American science fiction action film directed by Neil Burger, based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. The film is the first installment in the Divergent film series and was produced by Lucy Fisher, Pouya Shabazian, and Douglas Wick, with a screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor. It stars Shailene Woodley, Theo...

Review: Enemy

Review:  Enemy

    [Spoilers, potentially] ABOUT: Enemy is a 2013 erotic thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve adapted by Javier Gullón based on José Saramago’s 2002 novel The Double. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal in a dual role, Mélanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini, Sarah Gadon, Stephen R. Hart, and Jane Moffat. This film appears to be homage to certain...