Friday, February 24, 2017

FRANK & LOLA (2016)



Written & Directed By: Matthew Ross 
Cinematography By: Eric Koretz 
Editor: Jennifer Lilly, Rebecca Rodriguez & Matthew C. Hart 


Cast: Imogen Poots, Michael Shannon, Rosanna Arquette, Justin Long, Michael Nyqvist, Emmanuelle Devos, Suteara Vaughn, Alex Lombard, Stella Schnabel 


A psychosexual noir love story, set in Las Vegas and Paris, about love, obsession, sex, betrayal, revenge and, ultimately, the search for redemption.

FOR LOVE OR MONEY (1993)



Directed By: Barry Sonnenfeld 
Written By: Mark Rosenthal & Lawrence Konner 
Cinematography By: Oliver Wood 
Editor: Jim Miller 


Cast: Michael J. Fox, Gabrielle Anwar, Anthony Higgins, Patrick Breen, Michael Tucker, Fyvush Finkel, Udo Kier, Bob Balaban, Dan Hedaya, Issac Mizrahi, Susan Blommaert, Debra Monk, Nicole Beach, Veronica Webb 


Doug is a young man who works all day as a concierge at a luxurious hotel, saving money to make his own business. Unfortunately, when he finds the financial supporter he needs, he discovers that his "saviour" is having an affair with the woman he loves! Now, he must choose between money and love...

THE FREEBIE (2010)



Written & Directed By: Katie Aselton 
Cinematography By: Benjamin Kasulke 
Editor: Nat Sanders 


Cast: Katie Aselton, Dax Shepard, Marguerite Phillips, Joshua Leonard, Bellamy Young, Sean Nelson, Frankie Shaw, Ross Partridge 


In Los Angeles, Annie and Darren are a married couple in a comfortable relationship that's lost its spark. They talk constantly, express affection verbally, start the day with high-end coffee, end the afternoon with gelato, shop at the farmer's market, prepare dinner as a team, do crossword puzzles, and talk in bed. Darren wonders if a one-night stand would help bring more sex to their marriage. Soon, the two of them are laying out the ground rules and talking through the mechanics of each finding a lover for one night. They agree to give each other no details about the experience. The night comes. Will this give their relationship a needed boost

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 (2017)



Directed By: Chad Stahelski 
Written By: Derek Kolstad 
Cinematography By: Dan Laustsen 
Editor: Evan Schiff 


Cast: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Common, Ruby Rose, Franco Nero, Laurence Fishburne, Lance Reddick, Ian McShane, Peter Serafinowicz, John Leguizamo, Peter Stomare, Claudia Gerini, Tobias Segal, Thomas Sadoski 


After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

CAFE SOCIETY (2016)



Written & Directed By: Woody Allen 
Cinematography By: Vittorio Storaro 
Editor: Alisa Lepselter 


Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carrell, Blake Lively, Corey Stoll, Parker Posey, Anna Camp, Richard Portnow, Paul Schneider, Jeannie Berlin, Sheryl Lee, Saul Stein, Tony Sirico, Don Stark, Elissa Piszel 


In 1930's Hollywood, the powerful agent, Phil Stern, is attending a party and receives a phone call from his sister living in New York. She asks for a job to her son and Phil's nephew, Bobby, who decided to move to Hollywood. Three weeks later Phil schedules a meeting with Bobby and decides to help him. He asks his secretary Veronica "Vonnie" to hang around with Bobby, showing him the touristic places. Bobby immediately falls in love with Vonnie, but she tells that she has a boyfriend, a journalist that travels most of the time. However, Vonnie's boyfriend is indeed a married man that is also in love with her and soon she has to make a choice between her two loves.

Friday, February 17, 2017

KICKS (2016)



Directed By: Justin Tipping 
Written By: Justin Tipping & Joshia Beirne-Golden 
Cinematography By: Michael Ragen 
Editor: Dominic LaPerriere & Tomas Vengris 
Music By: Brian Reitzell 


Cast: Jahking Guillory, Christopher Meyer, Christopher Wallace Jr., Kofi Siriobe, Mahershala Ali, Nessa Ismail 


Brandon is a 15 year old whose dream is a pair of fresh Air Jordans. Soon after he gets his hands on them, they're stolen by a local hood, causing Brandon and his two friends to go on a dangerous mission through Oakland to retrieve them.

THE LAND (2016)



Written & Directed By: Steven Caple Jr. 
Cinematography By: Steven Holleran 
Editor: Saira Haider 


Cast: Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Moises Arias, Michael Kenneth Williams, Machine Gun Kelly, Robert Hunter, Rafi Garvon, Natalie Martinez, Kim Coates, Erykah Badu 

THE LAND tells the story of four teenage boys who devote their summer to escaping the streets of Cleveland, Ohio to pursue a dream life of professional skateboarding. But when they get caught in the web of the local Queen-pin, their motley brotherhood is tested, threatening to make this summer their last.

BROTHERHOOD (2016)



Written & Directed By: Noel Clarke 
Cinematography By: Aaron Reid 
Editor: Tommy Boulding 


Cast: Noel Clarke, Ashley Thomas, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Olivia Chenery, David Ajala, Red Madrell, Cornell John, Shanika Warren-Markland Alexander Oceng 


First, there was Kidulthood, then Adulthood, and now comes Noel Clarke's last instalment: Brotherhood. With Sam facing up to the new world, he realizes it also comes with new problems and new challenges that he must face that he knows, will require old friends to help him survive new dangers.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU (2016)



Written & Directed By: Richard Tanne 
Cinematography By: Pat Scola 
Editor: Evan Schiff  

Cast: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Taylar Fondren 


The film chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady, Michelle Obama, on a first date across Chicago's South Side.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

ROMANCE (1999)



Written & Directed By: Catherine Breilliat 
Cinematography: Giorgos Arvanitis 
Editor: Agnes Guillemot 


Cast: Caroline Ducey, Sagamore Stevenin, Francois Berleand, Rocco Siffredi, Ashley Wanninger 

Although deeply in love with her boyfriend - and indeed sleeping in the same bed with him. A schoolteacher cannot handle the almost complete lack of intimacy he will allow. Increasingly frustrated, she gradually finds her sexual appetites leading her into ever more risky situations, including a developing one with the headmaster.

NUIT #1 (2011)



Written & Directed By: Anne Emond 
Cinematography: Mathieu Laverdiere 
Editor: Mathieu Bouchard-Malo 

Cast: Catherine De Lean, Dimitri Storoge 


It starts as a one night stand that evolves in a long discussion with infinite subjects between a québécoise and an immigrant.

LOLO (2015)



Directed By: Julie Delpy 
Written By: Julie Delpy & Eugenie Grandval 
Cinematography: Thierry Arbogast 
Editor: Virginie Bruant 


Cast: Julie Delpy, Dany Boon, Vincent Lacoste, Karin Viard

Violette, a 40-year old workaholic with a career in the fashion industry falls for a provincial computer geek, Jean-Rene, while on a spa retreat with her best friend.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

FENCES (2016)



Directed By: Denzel Washington 
Written By: August Wilson (Based on his play) 
Cinematography By: Charlotte Bruus Christensen 
Editor: Hughes Winbourne 

Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson


*Please note that some trivia and facts have been republished from imdb among other sources In this review

Saturday, February 4, 2017

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (2015)



Directed By: F. Gary Gray 
Written By: Jonathan Herman & Andrea Berloff 
Story By: Andrea Berloff, Alan Wenkus & S. Leigh Savidge 
 Cinematography By: Matthew Libatique 
Editor: Billy Fox & Michael Tronick 

Cast: Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Jason Mitchell, Paul Giamatti, Lakeith Stanfield, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge, Alexandra Shipp, Elena Goode, Orlando Brown, Dean Cameron

DROP ZONE (1994)




Directed By: John Badham 
Written By: Peter Barsocchini & John Bishop 
Story By: Tony Griffin, Guy Manos & Peter Barsocchini 
Cinematography By: Roy H. Wagner 
Editor: Frank Morriss 


Cast: Wesley Snipes, Yancy Butler, Gary Busey, Michael Jeter, Grace Zabriskie, Corin Nemec, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Kyle Secor, Mickey Jones, Clark Johnson, Melanie Mayron

ARE WE DONE YET? (2007)



Directed By: Steve Carr 
Written By: Hank Nelken 
Based On Characters Created By: Steven Gary Banks & Claudia Grazioso 
Based on the Screenplay: “MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE” By: Norman Panama & Melvin Frank 
Cinematography By: Jack Green 
Editor: Craig Herring 


Cast: Ice Cube, John C McGinely, Nia Long, Jacob Vargas, Tahj Mowry, Aleisha Allen, Phillip Bolden,Jonathan Katz, Hayes Macarthur

Friday, February 3, 2017

LOVING (2016)



Written & Directed By: Jeff Nichols 
Cinematography By: Adam Stone 
Editor: Julie Monroe 


Cast: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Nick Kroll, Will Dalton, Sharon Blackwood, Michael Shannon, Marton Csokas, Bill Camp