Film Review: THE END OF THE TOUR Aug31

Film Review: THE END OF THE TOUR

THE END OF THE TOUR Directed by James Ponsoldt Written by David Lipsky and Donald Margulies Starring: Jason Segel and Jesse Eisinger I am not familiar with David Foster Wallace’s work (save a few essays from CONSIDER THE LOBSTER) but I am familiar with him as a celebrity. And in many ways that is what this movie is about. It is close to a two-hander and most reminiscent of MY DINNER WITH ANDRE although it takes places over a few days. Jesse Eisenberg plays David Lipsky, a ROLLING STONE reporter writing a story about the famous writer despite the misgivings of his editor. Foster Wallace (Segal) and Lipsky spend the next two hours (days...

Film Review: THE GIFT Aug23

Film Review: THE GIFT

THE GIFT Written and Directed by Joel Edgerton Starring: Jason Bateman, Joel Edgerton, Rebecca Hall Leaving some tragedies behind them, a young couple (Bateman and Hall) move back to Simon’s hometown and take possession of a new house and a new job. Almost at once, the couple runs into Gordon, Simon’s high school friend. Thus begins a series of surprise visits, gifts and interventions that leave the couple uneasy. Simon recalls he was called “Gordo, the Weirdo” in high school and the name seems to fit. Whether Gordon is truly weird or it is Simon who wants to peg his as that unfolds in the next two hours. And at the...

Watch Lovecraft’s THE CURSE OF YIG Aug16

Watch Lovecraft’s THE CURSE OF YIG

Killing Joke Films impressed Crimespree years ago, when I heard they were making public their very cool THE CURSE OF YIG I wanted to spread the word. In 1925, a young academic visits the Guthrie Asylum in Oklahoma to explore the native tribal belief in the snake god, Yig. There she is confronted by a bizarre creature, the sole living survivor of the nightmarish Halloween of 1889. As she learns the tragic tale of Walker and Audrey Davis- early residents of the Oklahoma Territory- she too begins to fall under the spell of an unrelenting fear that time cannot diminish. In 1928, Zealia Bishop enlisted Lovecraft’s help in writing an original...

THE TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESITVAL, 2015 Aug14

THE TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESITVAL, 2015

THE TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESITVAL, 2015 This was the 11th year of the film festival and as usual, they had more films and more people than in previous years. They seem able to handle it through the hundreds of volunteers they are able to attract. This year paid special tribute to Robert Altman (a documentary, a panel, NASHVILLE and MASH), Roger Corman (he was there along with several films), Orson Wells (F IS FOR FAKE, and A TOUCH OF EVIL), and films representing the LBGT community. Hundreds of films are shown at many venues in Traverse City. There are also free films, kid’s films, experimental films, shorts, film-making classes, panels...

ANT-MAN Jul18

ANT-MAN

If you are a fan of comics then Ant-Man will entertain you and make you happy. If you know nothing about Ant-Man you will find a lot to entertain you and make you happy. I’ve been aware f Ant-Man for a long time and while occasionally in the comics he’s involved in an interesting story line the idea of giving him a solo movie baffled me. Then I saw a trailer and read a little background and I was curious. I saw a second trailer and was intrigued. So I went opening weekend. I’m glad I did as I think the movie was really well done. I will endeavor to do a spoiler free bit on my thoughts of the movie. Scott Lange is a ex-con, the film shows...

Film Review: INFINITELY POLAR Jul17

Film Review: INFINITELY POLAR

INFINITELY POLAR Written and Directed by Maya Forbes Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide For the first time, looking at the cast above, I see why Hollywood used to make movie stars change their names. INFINITELY POLAR is based on Forbes’ childhood, much of it spent with a bi-polar father in charge of the household. Ruffalo plays the bi-polar father who has spent time in institutions. When his allowance (wealthy grandmother) isn’t enough to support his family, his wife decides to return to school and puts him in charge of his two daughters, many miles away from the school she attends. She...