by Old King Clancy
With The Thick Of It and it’s cinematic partner, In The Loop, covering UK politics, and Veep covering the US, it can be argued that nobody has a better, or funnier, grasp on the ineptitude of politicians than Armando Iannucci. Now with his latest film, The Death Of Stalin, Iannucci tackles historical Russian politics to show that no matter where or when, politicians were and are idiots!
Loosely based on the true story of the Russian governments reaction to the death of Joseph Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin), the film finds the Russian cabinet – Deputy General Secretary Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), First Secretary Nikita Kruschev (Steve Buschemi), head of secret police Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale) and Deputy Premier Vyacheslav Molotov (Michael Palin) – coming together to help guide the country through a period of mourning. Nikita sees the opportunity to ease up on Stalin’s torturous rule and induct a more liberal approach to the Russian Government, however, Beria starts mobilizing his Police Force to manipulate Malenkov into giving him more power, and seizing the chair for himself.
A FRONT ROW SEAT TO THE END OF THE WORLD!
Random Media and Abstract Forces Productions announce the DVD, Digital and VOD debut of the award-winning independent film festival favorite, I AM ALONE. When an unknown virus begins to spread through the population infecting people almost instantly, the CDC discovers a lone TV survivalist host’s resistance. The CDC tries to piece together why the Zombie-inducing virus has taken longer to transform the journalist than others, reviewing the events of the previous days through
footage to learn more, in hopes of a cure.
by Kevin Muller
Ah, okay, it is incredibly refreshing to be able to talk about a film without beating around the bush. Unlike ‘Mother!,” this film is just a standard action film with an A to B plot-line. Back in 2014, the original Kingsman: The Secret Service, hit theaters and knocked everyone out with its satire, kick ass action, and one hell of a leading man, Colin Firth. Once again, we are thrown back into the world of espionage, gadgets, and satire. Does it work again?
Logan checks into the Overlook Hotel to review Stanley Kubrick’s magnum opus, ‘The Shining.’ #31DaysofHorror
by Kevin Muller
Lake Bell’s second feature film I Do… Until I Don’t contains all the errors that she avoided with her first film, “In a World.” The actress, writer, and director definitely has talent in those three areas, but this time she comes up short with something that lacks energy and focus.
Bell plays Alice, a meek young woman who is definitely not comfortable with her sexuality. Ed Helms plays her husband Noah. The awkward, but decent couple have been married for seven years and tried many times to have a children with no success. Her biological clock is ticking and this has put stress on their relationship. Meanwhile, Alice’s sister, Fanny, and her partner, Zander, live a stress free life and allow different partners into their bed. They are free loving hippies who live off Zander’s trust fund. Finally, Cybil and Harvey, an older married couple, have completely lost the spark in their thirty years together. These three couples are the subjects of a documentary being put together by a women named Vivian. It is Vivian’s belief that matrimony is a false way of life. She knows she has to spice it up and feeds off the constant confrontations these characters experience with one another, and even gets involved to play puppet master at points.
Logan Myerz reviews the Kong: Skull Island Blu-Ray provided by our friends over at Warner Bros. !
by Old King Clancy
I wasn’t initially going to review Detroit for many reasons that I’ll get into in a moment, but I’ve been thinking about it all day, and I found myself getting angrier while wondering why no-one else has picked up on the stupidity in this film. Maybe it is just me, maybe I am focusing too much on such a minor part of the film, but it’s a minor part that sets off the entire second act. And the fact that the film refuses to even acknowledge it is why it pisses me off.