Sundance 2014: THEY CAME TOGETHER Review

     January 27, 2014

When director David Wain does his own thing, it may not be for everyone, but he’s also at his best.  His more mainstream films, Role Models and Wanderlust, are entertaining, but his work on The State, Stella, and the classic …

Sundance 2014: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL Review

     January 23, 2014

Sports are entertainment featuring athletic achievement, but too often they’re treated as a precious gemstone requiring constant polishing from sanctimonious sportswriters, an unremarkable commodity for owners, or both.  The notion that the sport should be fun isn’t unimportant, but it …

Sundance 2014: KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER Review

     February 10, 2015

If the words “true story” precedes a movie, it’s always misleading.  To tell an audience that something is based on a true story is to provide it with greater authenticity; it’s a short cut to making the fictional feel more …

Sundance 2014: THE VOICES Review

     February 10, 2015

The Voices is an insane movie about insanity.  That’s not me being hyperbolic; this movie is joyously, unabashedly out of its mind.  Director Marjane Satrapi, who previously helmed the coming-of-age animated pic Persepolis, takes audiences inside the mind of a …

Sundance 2014: THE RAID 2 Review

     February 10, 2015

When Gareth Evans’ The Raid premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, audiences were floored.  It was as if someone had smacked us in the face about 800 times, and showed us that the action being churned out by …