FMP Ep. 028 – ‘The Skin I Live…

Alex and Phil rise early to record at 6:30am on Friday. We both share our admiration for Pedro Almodovar as we review his latest film The Skin I Live In and we talk about the…

REVIEW: ‘The Way’ (2011)

Grade: B- After his sprawling ensemble film Bobby, actor/director Emilio Estevez has chosen to get far more intimate in his follow up film The Way. With a cast that primarily consists of four individuals, Estevez…

TCFF REVIEW: ’50/50′ (2011)

50/50 is playing as part of the Twin Cities Film Festival, which runs from September 20-25, 2011. Grade: A- Before settling on the title 50/50 the new Jonathan Levine serio-comedy went through several name changes…

REVIEW: ‘Moneyball’ (2011)

Grade: A- ”How can you not be romantic about baseball?”suggests Brad Pitt’s character Billy Beane in the new film Moneyball from director Bennett Miller. It’s a question directed more at the audience than the characters…

Quick Takes – 09.11.11

United 93 (2006) Grade: A | 3rd Viewing Many have said that there is not yet a definitive movie about September 11th, but I would argue that Paul Greengrass’ gripping drama is it. The film…

REVIEW: ‘Warrior’ (2011)

Grade: B You may recognize the story presented in Gavin O’Connor’s Mixed Martial Arts film Warrior, but you probably won’t recognize the way it is told. Everything is heightened in the film to fight against…

Quick Takes – 08.28.11

Sunday in the Park With George (1986) Grade: A | 2nd Viewing I’m not really sure that I can call this a movie because it is essentially only a recording of the stage production and…

FMP Ep. 019 – ‘One Day’ / ‘The…

Phil Kollar is in Germany for one more week so Davin Lacksonen joins us once again to have a romantic discussion of cinema. We begin with the less than successful romantic drama One Day and…

REVIEW: ‘The Help’ (2011)

Grade: C+ It is an old Hollywood tradition, and an increasingly risky one, to portray the black experience through a white protagonist. The latest film to brazenly venture down this path is Tate Taylor’s The…

FMP Ep. 017 – ‘Rise of the Planet…

This week we discuss Rise of the Planet of the Apes and in our conversation we talk about what a movie has to do to earn "mindlessness" and the Oscar chances of Andy Serkis. We…

REVIEW: ‘Another Earth’ (2011)

Grade: B+ In the new film Another Earth from newcomer Mike Cahill there is a newly discovered planet that appears to replicate Earth exactly and is gradually moving closer. That plot would be enough to…

REVIEW: ‘The Beaver’ (2011)

Grade: B It’s nearly impossible to talk about Jodie Foster’s new film The Beaver without mentioning the enormous elephant in the room, namely Mel Gibson’s troubled personal life. I will save some time and say…

REVIEW: ‘Meek’s Cutoff’ (2011)

Grade: B- The open plains of the unsettled west have never felt as claustrophobic as they do in Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff. Filmed with a 1.33 to 1 aspect ratio that looks entirely uncomfortable on…

FMP Ep. 006 – ‘Everything Must Go’ /…

It's a midnight double feature picture show as this week's Film Misery Podcast tackles two new releases in one episode. The theme is mainstream actors in independent dramedies with reviews of Will Ferrell in Everything…