My Thoughts on Inside Llewyn Davis

From directors Joel and Ethan Coen comes this musical drama about a folk singer named Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), who struggles to find success in Greenwich Village scene of 1961.  Practically homeless, Llewyn resorts to crashing on his friend’s couches, while he watches the greater musical success of his friends Jim (Justin Timberlake) and Jean […]

My Thoughts on The Wolf of Wall Street

The latest film by Martin Scorsese is loosely based on the true story of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), a Wall Street stockholder who became a self-made millionaire, using less-than-legal tactics.  Using the knowledge he learned from his mentor Mark Hanna (Matthew McConaughey), Belfort is able to quickly make a lot of money by selling penny […]

My Thoughts on Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Nine years later, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his news team return in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.  After getting fired from his anchoring position and splitting up with his wife Veronica (Christina Applegate), a down on his luck Ron Burgundy is recruited by Freddie Shapp (Dylan Baker) to report the news on the new […]

My Thoughts on Her

Spike Jonze returns as the writer and director of this very unconventional love story.  Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) is a socially awkward man, whose job involves writing love letters for other people.  Theodore is currently in the middle of a divorce with his wife Catherine (Rooney Mara) and finds himself quite lonely, with his only real […]

My Thoughts on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Peter Jackson’s epic three part extended adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit continues with The Desolation of Smaug. Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) continues his journey with the band of thirteen dwarves, lead by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage),  to reclaim the Kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch).  Along the way, they […]

My Thoughts on Frozen

Loosely based on the story The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, the latest Disney animated film Frozen tells the story of the royal sisters Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) in the kingdom of Arendelle.  Elsa has the magical ability to create snow and ice, but she is forced to hide these powers […]

BITS 2013: Pre-Feature Short Film Thoughts

The second edition of the Blood in the Snow Film Festival may have wrapped up last night, but I still have some reviews to get to.  Specifically, I would like to talk about the eight short films that preceded the feature film screenings, many of which were world premieres.  Lets get started with the rundown. […]

BITS 2013: My Thoughts on Discopath

It is 1976 and Duane Lewis (Jérémie Earp-Lavergne) has a problem.  A traumatic childhood experience causes Duane to turn into a psychotic maniac whenever he hears disco music, brutally killing whoever is in his vicinity.  After the body of one of Duane’s victims is discovered in a nightclub, Duane makes a run for Montreal, in […]

My Thoughts on 12 Years a Slave

From director Steve McQueen (Shame) comes the historical drama 12 Years a Slave.  Based on true events, the film tells the story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man living Saratoga Springs, New York in the 1840s.  A skilled violin player, Northup is lured away by two men offering a touring gig in […]

BITS 2013: My Thoughts on Clean Break

Cam Dawson (Samy Osman) is a lazy womanizer of a man, who lives in a house with his two roommates Scott (Sean Kaufmann) and Dan (Serge Plourde).  While at an office party, the shy and directionless Scott meets Tracy (Tianna Nori), a seemingly nice woman, who helps Scott to pull his life together.  However, Tracy […]