The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 14, “Grove”

“Are You Mad at Me?!” Season 2 grinded to a halt at Hershel’s farm and its too idyllic collection of live bodies and sexual innuendo. The Walking Dead has started to stall in the latter half of Season 4 until Grove. This with Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) and her sis, Mika, collected with adults Carol and Tyreese and baby Judith. Until about 30 minutes in we are given the same character development episode that is starting to bog down this season. No more spoilers as more than one plot point ends here in tragedy. Lizzie and Mika have had an important … Continue reading The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 14, “Grove”

The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 10, “Inmates”

***WARNING. SPOILERS AHEAD*** Terminus. Hinted at in the beginning of Season 4 as the “Sanctuary,” Episode 10 brings back the other members of the group not featured in 9, “After.” Daryl and the now Daddy less Beth; Tyreese, Mika, Lizzie and yes, an alive and well baby Judith Grimes (who didn’t think she would make it back after the bloody carseat tease in 4/8?). Judith appears well cared for with mysterious bottles of formula appearing out of nowhere except for the fact that Lizzie seems hell bent on suffocating her to death to avoid the attention of walkers. How long … Continue reading The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 10, “Inmates”

Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch, 2005)

Here is one lazy review about an older man looking for a child he may have sired.  This is Lost in Translation “lite.”  That’s all I gotta say.  Give me an advance Entertainment Weekly, I dare you.  Bill Murray is basically the same LIT character transformed into a Jim Jarmusch road movie.  Other than Murray’s character being unmarried, he coulda been named Bob Harris, his character in LIT.  Primarily enjoyable due to Murray’s extraordinary minimalist acting.  Good supporting cast including Jessica Lang, Julie Delpy, and Sharon Stone (on par with Casino).  Never have been a big Jarmusch fan (except Ghost Dog: … Continue reading Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch, 2005)

The Basketball Diaries (Scott Kalvert, 1995)

Leonardo DeCaprio continues his “audtion” for big budget, big paycheck films leading up to Titanic (1997).  Harrowing true account of a talented basketball teams’ decline due to certain team members’ descent into the bowels of heroin addiction.  Difficult to watch at times and certainly derivative of films before and after but it proves DeCaprio as an apprentice for Scorcese to mine. *** 1/2 / ***** Continue reading The Basketball Diaries (Scott Kalvert, 1995)

5 Quick Pics

The Girlfriend Experience (Soderberg, 2009) LOVE the way this film looks and I found the script very funny.  At the end the amateurish acting doesn’t distract. *** 1/2 / ***** Drag Me to Hell (Raimi, 2009) The scariest film I’ve seen in years.  Alison Lohman charms as usual and the kitsch works throughout. **** / ***** In the Heat of the Night (Jewison, 1967) Satisfying in the way Rod Steiger’s sheriff slowly develops a vague appreciation of Poiter’s Mr. Tibbs without being overly preachy in the slightest way.  Instilled with a wry sense of humor and stands up well to … Continue reading 5 Quick Pics

The Visitor (Thomas McCarthy, 2008)

A very sweet story that Richard Jenkins (economics Prof. Walter Vale) was just meant to play.  The feeling I am left with is altruism in it’s purest form, beyond even the backdrop of 9/11 deportation which is somewhat of a political misstep in the film anyway.  Vale, despondent from his mundane existence is reinvigorated by discovering an illegal couple living in a NY property of his but not one he frequents.  There should be more excitement in economics than this.  Vale bonds immediately with the male lead in a mutual love for music.  The film is not without its faults:  … Continue reading The Visitor (Thomas McCarthy, 2008)

Ichi the Killer (Takashi Miike, 2001)

Gather the kids and sit around the 52′ 1080p for a little family viewing (I watched it on my MacBook because I was a chicken)!  Thank you filmspotters for your advice on the film.  It surely is not as bad as the above image would make it out to be.  The humor starts early and stays throughout, perhaps a device to shroud Takashi Miike’s obvious fetishtistic love for the material.  This makes Audition look like child’s play.  Miike holds the Davids (Lynch and Cronenberg) in high esteem and you can see this in the material.  The primary antagonist, Kakihara, played by Tadanobu … Continue reading Ichi the Killer (Takashi Miike, 2001)