REVIEW: Calvary [2014]

“I’ve always found forgiveness to be underrated” I’m not a religious man—hell, I’m barely agnostic. I’m also not sure if that truth helps my finding John Michael McDonagh‘s Calvary as powerful as I believe it to be or simply evidence of it’s universality for both churchgoers and not. A reflection on faith, God, and ourselves […]

FILM MARATHON: Schrembs’ Spotlight Series #2: Fletch [1985]

The Schrembs’ Spotlight Series Premise: In recent years, I have made a conscious effort to try and improve upon the quality of movies I watch on a week-to-week basis. My intentions were certainly good, however, when push came to shove I pretty much failed on all levels. Big name blockbuster films won’t make their way […]

REVIEW: Blood Simple. [1984]

“I ain’t done nothin’ funny” It took Fargo, thirteen years later, for the Coen Brothers to finally get recognition at the Oscars with three nominations culminating in a win for Best Screenplay, and then another eleven for a Best Picture win. Looking at that victory, No Country for Old Men, and the most recently acclaimed […]

FILM MARATHON: Julia Roberts #4 – My Best Friend’s Wedding [1997]

“This is my whole life’s happiness; I need to be ruthless” Okay, for some reason the opening credit sequence to My Best Friend’s Wedding is sort of brilliant. Showing four women dressed for a wedding, they lip-synch the words to “Wishin’ and Hopin’” (with a version surprisingly sung by Ani Difranco) while performing choreography on […]

REVIEW: Youth in Revolt [2010]

“You sweet angel of the lavatory” Wow, never underestimate the drawing power of Michael Cera. This kid is the most awkward looking and acting actor on the planet, destined to be relegated to one-trick pony status unless he stops letting himself be typecast, but my God does he have comedic appeal. The screening I attended […]

REVIEW: The Jerk [1979]

“I was born a poor black child” It was sheer dumb luck that while reading Steve Martin’s autobiography earlier this year I saw his film The Jerk was being shown on tv. A few months later and the threat of my DVR being erased, I finally took the time to view it. Martin definitely did […]