Jennifer Jason Leigh

REVIEW: Patrick Melrose (2018 – Mini-Series)

Release Poster – Showtime

The following is a review of Patrick Melrose — A British-American Mini-Series.

Benedict Cumberbatch has made himself into a star. He is the kind of actor who has gotten himself a devoted fanbase that stretches to the ends of the earth, which, I think, is even a surprise to him. BBC’s Sherlock was, obviously, his breakthrough series, and it will probably stay as the piece of content for which he receives the most love from fans, even though he now has played a mythical dragon in The Hobbit-films and a fan-favorite hero in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. But his performance as the title character in Patrick Melrose might be his most complete and layered performance yet. (more…)

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REVIEW: ANNIHILATION (2018)

Release Poster – Netflix

The following is a review of ANNIHILATION — Directed by Alex Garland.

There is this really sad quote about daring cinema that I once found as I was searching the Web for some interesting thoughts on the film industry. Actor and filmmaker Sean Penn reportedly once said that “if you put three thoughts into a movie, you’ve broken the law and no one will come [see it].” It is a quote that I’ve used before to describe cerebral cinema that was rejected by audiences. But I think the quote’s best companion piece is Alex Garland’s ANNIHILATION, a smart science-fiction film that was literally cast aside by a major studio because the film ‘broke that law.’
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REVIEW: Good Time (2017)

Release Poster – A24

The following is a short review of Good Time – Directed by The Safdie Brothers.

Have you ever been awake for more than twenty-four hours and then felt like a whole week has passed? Well, what if one night was so anxiety-inducing that it felt like it lasted a lifetime? That is Good Time, a misguided young man’s journey through a hellish night in New York to save his developmentally challenged brother from a hellish existence behind bars. (more…)