THE MENU Review

The Menu opens with a hurried, self-consciously quippy conversation that frankly had me a little worried. It is the sort of dialogue that has become commonplace in American film and television for decades and can perhaps be traced back to the work of David Mamet or Quentin Tarantino. While they excelled at making these conversations... Continue Reading →

The overstuffed and awkwardly unfunny Amsterdam proves the old Hollywood adage, “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.”

By Scott Cole Director: David O. RussellStarring: Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Robert De Niro, Rami Malek Amsterdam is a frenzied and manic movie. It feels like watching a filmmaker have a panic attack in real-time. As the story staggers along like an inebriated man attempting to walk, writer/director David O. Russell thinks... Continue Reading →

Don’t Worry Darling showcases strong performances in service of a lackluster and oddly paced thriller that can’t get its wheels out of the mud

By Scott Cole Director: Olivia WildeStarring: Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgmnKsED-jU Olivia Wilde’s sophomore directorial effort Don’t Worry Darling is certainly a throwback to an earlier time but perhaps not quite in the way she may have intended. Despite the fact that the film takes place in a 1950s... Continue Reading →

The 5 Best Films of Kevin Smith

By Scott Cole As a burgeoning young film fanatic in the ‘90s, the discovery of independent film was somewhat life-changing for me. Up until that point, I had basically just accepted whatever the big movie studios had force-fed me at the local multiplex. But as I started thinking more critically about film and religiously watching... Continue Reading →

Bodies Bodies Bodies is a funny, fast-paced social commentary trapped in a ho-hum murder mystery

By Scott Cole * * * (3 stars out of 5) Director: Halina ReijnStarring: Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Pete Davidson, Lee Pace, Myha’la Herrold https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTzGKsZjBOY If there was ever a true divide separating cinema as an art form from the invasion of social media into every aspect of daily life, Halina Reijn’s new comedic thriller... Continue Reading →

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