Documentary Review: 'The Jesus Music'
The Jesus Music is an entirely unnecessary documentary on the history of Christian Music. It features a series of well known artists delivering talking head monologues about their career with very dry anecdotes of little interest outside of the niche of people who follow Contemporary Christian Music and likely already know these stories. Directed by John and Andy Erwin, The Jesus Music does little to justify its own existence.
Movie Review: 'Old Henry' Starring Tim Blake Nelson
Old Henry is an old school western, gritty and violent filled with dirty, stinking wretches out for blood and money. Henry himself, played by Tim Blake Nelson, is dirty and stinky but he is, at the very least, trying to be peaceful. Henry moved to the middle of nowhere years ago to escape a past of grave violence and death. You will learn a little about Henry’s past as Old Henry unfolds but the story is almost entirely in Henry’s present where a stray horse leads Henry to a wounded man and a satchel full of ill-gotten gains.
Documentary Review: 'Heval' A Hollywood Actor Makes Friends in Syria
Heval, in Kurdish, means friend or comrade. Actor turned Freedom Fighter, Michael Enright received many questions and concerns after he claimed to be a Heval of the Syrian refugee movement. The former deep bench supporting player in the original Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Enright joined the U.S backed Kurdish Militia to fight ISIS in 2015. The new Curiosity Stream original documentary, Heval, examines the mystery surrounding the actor turned unlikely soldier, the doubts surrounding his account and the evidence that may show he’s sincere.
Movie Review: 'The Survivalist' Starring John Malkovich
The Survivalist is a new pandemic thriller starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the owner of a large piece of land in Pennsylvania living peacefully away from the regular world where COVID-19 has mutated and caused mass death. Meyers’ Ben is a former FBI Agent with a stockpile of weapons and food who smartly began to prepare for this situation just as things started to get very, very bad.
Movie Review: 'Coming Home in the Dark'
Coming Home in the Dark is a grim and fearsome revenge movie. The story of a family that takes a day trip to a New Zealand mountain range only to be assaulted and kidnapped by thieves with a secret agenda, Coming Home in the Dark quickly becomes shocking and never really lets up from there. Directed by newcomer James Ashcroft, Coming Home in the Dark is about the past, the present and the complicity of inaction.
Classic Movie Review: 'Napoleon Dynamite'
Starting at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival we began hearing raves about a little $400,000 dollar indie called Napoleon Dynamite. The film about a nerdy Idaho kid and his weird family and friends became a hit at arthouses and online where fan-sites spouted dialogue and debated the film’s deeper meanings even before the film became a mainstream smash. Once Napoleon Dynamite did hit the mainstream in wide release the hype proved to be very real, Napoleon Dynamite was a phenomenon.
Movie Review: 'Dear Evan Hansen' Starring Ben Platt
Try-hard is a term used to describe people who desperately want to be accepted by a group of people but their effort renders them pathetic and roundly rejected. Try-hard is an apt description of the new Broadway film adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen. The film starring Ben Platt as the title character, Evan, tries very hard to make you like Evan and identify with him, and feel sorry for his outsider plight. However, the sweaty, pathetic obviousness of the attempt renders it completely unwelcome.
Documentary Review: 'The Village Detective: A Song Cycle'
Filmmaker Bill Morrison and I share a fascination with old movies, specifically those that have been mostly lost to time. His remarkable found footage documentary Dawson City Frozen Time explored the decaying beauty of silent films found buried in a former gold mining outpost. Some of the films were far too gone to be restored while others were remarkably well kept in that frozen tomb. Morrison shared both the decayed and well preserved, edited together to tell the story of Dawson City, a place with a very unique history all its own.