Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 by David Chen
Clint Eastwood’s Sully has one of the most tense, nail-biting plane-landing sequences ever put to film. Based on the real-life story of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s “Miracle on the Hudson,” Sully features Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckart as pilots flying US Airways Flight 1549 on the morning both of its engines failed shortly after takeoff. As the plane begins its descent into the Hudson River, we see diverse groups of New York civil servants galvanized into action, all of them attempting to save innocent passengers’ lives. It’s riveting and inspiring, even as we already know how this particular story will end.
Unfortunately, the rest of the film is not as compelling, featuring a few interesting ideas about the events of that day that are never fully explored. See my full video review of Sully below.
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Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 by David Chen
Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine blew me away when it debuted at Sundance in 2011, with its evocative style and its powerful performances. Thus, I was excited to learn Cianfrance would be applying his skills to a period drama starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander in The Light Between Oceans.
Oceans is grander on every level — in its setting, its scope, its ambition, and the emotional heights of its performances. And while its latter half does give way to some overwrought moments and dialogue, I never lost sight of the central, compelling connection that the two protagonists had with each other. Hit the jump to see my full video review of the film.
Posted on Sunday, August 28th, 2016 by David Chen
In this special bonus episode, David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the first season of HBO’s compelling procedural drama, The Night Of. Thanks to all the listeners who called in to our live broadcast to present your opinions and questions.
Posted on Friday, August 26th, 2016 by David Chen
I can’t remember the last time I watched a movie like Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe.
Don’t Breathe is a film in which I was so tense, I felt sore afterwards from how on edge I was. Don’t Breathe is a movie where the audience was so engrossed for the duration that I barely heard them make a peep or shift in their seats. Don’t Breathe is one of those movies whose jump scares actually make you physically jump and make embarrassing exclamations out loud in a theater full of strangers (the only other movie experience that even comes close this year is Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room).
Check out my video review of Don’t Breathe below and feel free to share your thoughts on the film below.
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Posted on Sunday, August 7th, 2016 by David Chen
David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by Vince Mancini from FilmDrunk to discuss the newest Warner Brothers/DC Comics film written and directed by David Ayer. Be sure to read Vince’s review, Mike Ryan’s review, Angie’s Review, and Walter Chaw’s review, as well as Owen’s reflections on Frozen.