Jennifer Jason Leigh

Movie Review: Annihilation (2018)

Alex Garland’s Annihilation is a complex puzzle, mixing the extraterrestrial with the most microbial elements of humanity. Its characterization is strong throughout — as its themes are mirrored in its leading lady — but its most promising components come in the form of visual metaphors. They’re scattered strategically throughout the 115-minute science fiction thinker. Where…

Movie Review: Morgan (2016)

What I want to say about Morgan is that it was a good idea that suffered from a poor execution. Unfortunately, I can’t say that, because, aside from a partial (which is wording it generously) explanation by way of a deus ex machina (which, contrary to what is ostensibly the belief of screenwriters at large,…

Movie Review: Anomalisa (2015)

Filmed in stop-motion animation, Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman’s (“Synecdoche, New York”) Anomalisa is a look at loneliness and its psychological effects. Filled with existential despair, it is also funny, surreal, and thought-provoking, a film that can touch you in ways you never thought possible. Nominated for Best Animated film at the 2016 Oscars and…

Movie Trailer: The Hateful Eight (2015)

“Someone’s not who he says he is.” I’d fathom a guess that no one is who they say they are in Quentin Tarantino’s latest foray into the West, The Hateful Eight. Motivated by a reward for a murderer (and possibly other factors), the eight hunkered down in a pass stop along the way to Red…

Movie Review: Welcome to Me (2014)

She enters in a swan boat to a meager audience barely populating the struggling studio wherein her talk show is being recorded and aired for the first time. Her is she. She is me. Me is Alice Klieg. Alice is a Californian divorcee in her early 40’s who has been fighting against mental illness for…

Movie Review: Jake Squared (2013)

The opening sequence of Howard Goldberg’s Jake Squared bears a striking resemblance to Paolo Sorrentino’s modern Italian classic, “The Great Beauty,” however the two films are worlds apart in style and cohesiveness. Director Jake Klein has everything a man could want. He lives in a beautiful Los Angeles home and decides to let the cameras…

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