Recap: “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars,” The Rat You Guys Out Edition

It’s hard to write a blog about this week’s “Marriage Boot Camp” on WEtv when the teasers for next week show Reid throwing a leg – literally – at Aviva during a boot camp drill. I’m still laughing so hard I’m crying. But now that I’ve shared that little ending nugget, we’ll go back to

Match Review

Stripped down and heartfelt essay on what it takes to love and be loved. No hold is barred in Stephen Belber’s short and sweet essay on love and commitment. Mike and Lisa show up on Tobi’s doorstep with an odd request. They have travelled from Seattle to New York to interview Tobi for Lisa’s dissertation.

Two Days, One Night Review

A lean, no nonsense film crafted in the most brutally honest style of the Dardennes with a stellar performance by Marion Cotillard.  In the Dardenne brothers David vs Goliath drama, Sandra (Marion Cotillard) is a young wife and mother working for a small manufacturing business in Seraing, Belgium. She takes medical leave for a nervous

The Duke of Burgundy Review

A deliciously deviant romp into sexual adventure grounded in the real life struggle for enduring intimacy. Peter Strickland’s film shows nothing if not a lot of courage. The screenplay reflects on the seemingly Victorian experiences of two sexually liberated and experimentally inclined women against a backdrop of heavily disciplined and constrained academic isolation. Evelyn (“Berberian”

The Boy Next Door Review

A thrown together collection of hackneyed and screwball soft porn, toilet humor and predictable violence. Although director Rob Cohen’s film is classified as a thriller, it is anything but. The first sixty minutes of the ninety-one minute movie is a straight up TV soap opera with nothing but the most hackneyed, overused plot tricks. The

Mortdecai Review

Johnny Depp as an updated Baron Munchausen. Even in the middle of watching this hugely entertaining Johnny Depp slapstick-a-thon the viewer finds him/herself wondering if the great actor’s best days are behind him. The edginess is mostly gone and in its place are double the cleverness and four times the action, production and special effects.

Recap: FX’s Justified: All aboard the Choo-Choo Train

Justified: Episode 602 “Cash Game” Directed by Dean Parisot Written by Dave Andron and VJ Boyd Directed by Dean Parisot Written by Dave Andron and VJ Boyd In last week’s premiere episode of Justified, we were left with the chilling image of Boyd (Walton Goggins) watching over a sleeping Ava (Joelle Carter). How much does


Xibalba “Tierra Y Libertad” Review

Oh no, not a metal album! If you don’t enjoy the heaviest and most visceral of music, please stop reading, go listen to Hootie and the Blowfish. If the most guttural and sonically devastating metal beckons your ears, relinquish your senses to So.-Cal. fusion-metalheads Xibalba. Even their name, the Mayan Underworld, translating to “Place of

Sex, Secrecy and Spying – Matthew Rhys on The Americans Season Three

The Americans, FX’ intelligent, complex, character driven drama about two KGB officers planted in the US begins its third season with a bang. The spies, passing themselves off as ordinary middle class married couple with two children, are at a pivotal time in their personal and professional lives. It’s the 80’s Cold War, one of

This is Where I Leave You Blu-ray Review

With a stellar cast, This is Where I Leave You brings a dramedy that is funny, loveable, and heartfelt at the same time. Jane Fonda is the matriarch of the Altman family and leads the march in this off-beat movie about a dysfunctional family that must stay together for seven days because of their dead