March 2015


Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

By: Addison Wylie Spike Lee took to Kickstarter to fund his latest joint Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.  It was a bold move that opened up the floodgates for skeptics to start criticizing the filmmaker.  Zach Braff endured the same with his campaign to make Wish I Was Here. Lee brings more of an argumentative crowd compared to Braff’s followers and naysayers.  Some see Spike Lee as a self-serving loudmouth, but loyal fans believe he has…


Serial (Bad) Weddings

By: Addison Wylie Serial (Bad) Weddings is a funny flick before it gets cold feet. Christian Clavier is the deadpan Claude Verneuil, a father who is constantly faced with cultural differences.  Three daughters all marry over the course of three years, and all fall in love with men of different cultural backgrounds.  The Verneuil’s welcome Chinese, Muslim, and Jewish ethnicities.  The men are all standoffish with each other, the women are defensive, and the parents…


Kingsman: The Secret Service

By: Addison Wylie Some will say I’m stubborn, but I can’t bring myself to watch any Bond movies starring Daniel Craig.  I’m open to change and I like to be pleasantly surprised, but these new Bond movies simply don’t pique my interest.  Craig is a fine actor, and the films bring extraordinary talent behind the camera.  But, to me, Bond films should be flashy and grand.  They should be implausible and crazy.  I appreciate the…


The Lazarus Effect

By: Mark Barber David Gelb’s The Lazarus Effect offers an intriguing concept, but gets bogged down by convention. Despite its compelling concept, the premise is familiar: a group of researchers led by Frank (Mark Duplass) and his fiancée Zoe (Olivia Wilde) create the “Lazarus” serum, a formula that brings the recently deceased back to life.  This God-like power to cheat death causes things to go awry very quickly.  Zoe is killed in a laboratory accident…