Posted On 30 Sep 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2011, 3.5 Stars (Exceptional), Action, By Genre, Crime, Drama, Foreign, Horror, Reviews, Suspense/Thriller.
Our reviewer across the pond, Jarv, sent in this review and it sounds like a doozy. It's apparently a psychological horror film in the vein of The Wicker Man, and sounds like a mix of modern indie filmmaking and 70's existential thrillers. I'm personally intrigued by this, and anxious to see it. There's been ... Read More
Posted On 30 Sep 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2011, 3 Stars (Fantastic), Action, By Genre, Comedy, Drama, Reviews.
Mobster’s Rating: ‘It’s cancer.’ Those words are a devastating diagnosis, whether delivered in the real world or up on a movie screen. For films, it’s usually a death sentence of saccharine melodrama and repetitious, somber goodbyes tearfully delivered by self-serious actors. Has there ever been a truly funny movie about ... Read More
Posted On 27 Sep 2011 By Bartleby. Under 1989, 3 Stars (Fantastic), Comedy, Reviews, Suspense/Thriller, Throwback Tuesday.
It's been years since I've seen Joe Dante’s The 'Burbs. As a kid I adored it—watching it so many times that the entire thing feels branded onto my cerebral cortex. Just the other day my wife and I were discussing the issue of lunatic neighbors, and the film came up. It ... Read More
Giant monsters. Has-been acting and singing sensations coming back for one more pop culture groping. Plots so hole-ridden they might as well be a donut factory. 'Science' that would make a grade-schooler blush. And scads of ropey CGI that looks like it was banged out on an 1983 Texas Instruments ... Read More
Posted On 23 Sep 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2011, 3 Stars (Fantastic), By Star Rating, Drama, Reviews, Sport.
Mobster's Rating: Moneyball is a baseball movie aimed at people who many not necessarily even be a fan of the game. It chronicles the 2002 season of the Oakland Athletics, a Major League ball team that managed to set the league’s record for a winning streak after a wobbly start ... Read More
Posted On 18 Sep 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2011, 3 Stars (Fantastic), Action, Action-Adventure, By Genre, By Star Rating, Drama, Foreign, Reviews.
MOBSTERS RATING: I walked into King of Devil's Island expecting either supernatural warriors or maybe a giant monkey or dinosaur. But Marius Holst’s new Norwegian drama is something more mundane and altogether different. What's more, it's better for it. Based on a real revolt at a youth correctional facility on the ... Read More
Remake and sequel hysteria has hit an all-time high these past few years and it isn't showing any signs of stopping. With Raja Gosnell's The Smurfs laying waste to our cherished memories this past summer (to say nothing of Transformers), we have more Chipmunks to look forward to and the ... Read More
Mobsters Rating: Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive plots an unconventional course through action thriller territory. Take that big chase for example. Ryan Gosling driving a getaway car for a pair of thieves while most of the Los Angeles police department pursue him by car and helicopter. All of it captured in such ... Read More
Posted On 12 Sep 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2011, 3 Stars (Fantastic), By Genre, Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Science Fiction.
Mike Cahill's Another Earth proposes what would happen if we were confronted with another world, another life, another version of ourselves. A smart science fiction drama with equally smart characters.
I often try and say something insightful or relevant in these introductions and probably just come across as glib so I will break with tradition skip any introduction. Before you move on I do have two more recommendations from the genre that nobody chose to write about: La ... Read More
Posted On 09 Sep 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2.5 Stars (Noteworthy), 2011, Action-Adventure, By Genre, By Star Rating, Drama, Reviews, Suspense/Thriller.
Mobsters Rating: The most foreboding image in Steven Soderbergh’s new outbreak thriller Contagion is an uncovered bowl of bar peanuts. I mean that as a compliment. At the heart of this star infested, globally minded, medical thriller, there’s a maniacal—even healthy if you will—sense of paranoia and anxiety surrounding our habits ... Read More