Dark Net

RV: I’ve always found it very disturbing how the internet changes us. Just the act of separating ourselves from our identity when we post anonymously can create this free for all where any shred of societal dignity goes right out the fucking window, transforming us into the biggest assholes that we can possible be. If you want to…

10 Cloverfield Lane

RV: I’ve never peed my pants out of fright, but during this movie, I was damn close. In full disclosure, I did stubbornly order the “Big B” at the movie theater, so I could have free refills on my pop and popcorn even though I always feel like shit by the end of the movie…

Love

RV: Being recently divorced and set adrift in my early 30s, I wanted to really attach myself to these characters. Right from the opening minutes, I knew this show was going to depict the reality of relationships and not the bullshit that Hollywood likes to feed us on a nightly basis. The truth that we…

About Time

RV: Have you ever gone to a fancy restaurant that your friends just rave about only to have a seemly ordinary dining experience. Welcome to About Time. A movie that on the surface does everything it is supposed to do in a very clean cut production but leaves a viewer looking for an original experience…

Comet

T: As a fan of indie-romances, especially those with a supernatural flair, I was immediately taken by this almost unnoticeable, take notice film. What immediately catches your attention is the BREATHTAKING cinematography. This movie, like its namesake, will take you on a visually-stunning adventure. Even though the plot is somewhat lacking, and though some scenes grow…

Party Down (Seasons 1-2)

RV: For a time in college, I worked in the food service industry. I hated every minute of it, except for the irrelevant conversations I had with my friends/coworkers. Party Down is an over the top workplace comedy (See The Office, Parks and Rec, etc.), but Party Down also feels very real. Each character successfully toes the…

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

T: As a high school English teacher, I always get excited (and slightly terrified) when I hear about an upcoming literary adaption, but I could tell as early as the trailer that this film would not strive to mirror its original source material. With that said, this film can and should appreciated beyond having an…

The Babadook

RV: After I watched this movie, I thought it was the most brilliant horror film I had seen all year, but when I went to school the next day and pitched its brilliance to my classes, most of them vehemently disagreed. I was shocked. I had sat through so many garbage horror films on Netflix…

Making a Murderer

RV: I’m not a huge fan of investigative murder porn, but this documentary is different. It takes a tried and true genre and turns it on its head. No longer are the viewers just shown glimpses into a gruesome murder and the people involved in it, but instead, we are taken from the sidelines and turned…

Wild

T: I read Wild at the exact perfect moment. I, like Cheryl, was also suffering what could only be called a quarter-life crisis when I stumbled across this memoir. Although not nearly as much of (what I can only summarize as) a fuck-up as Cheryl (me=divorce; Cheryl=divorce, infidelity, drug abuse, abortions, etc), her story allowed…

The Overnight

RV: There is no denying that this movie has balls (also a lot of prosthetic dicks…more on that later), but all the risk-taking and eccentricity just falls flat from the simple fact that The Overnight has no idea what it wants to be. Is it a farce? It features Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman dancing around…

Hateful Eight

RV: This is a movie that I’m only  ever going to watch once (believe or not, seeing a man’s nuts shot off one time is plenty enough for me), but that single viewing will leave you with plenty of vivid, disturbing images that will definitely haunt your mind for weeks to come. From the intense rhythm of…