Is The Big Sick this generation’s Casablanca, as 97% of critics seem to believe it is, or is it merely another run-of-the-mill rom com dressed in Apatow prestige? Shawn Glinis and Stephen Kohlmann get to the bottom of this summer’s indie darling in the latest version of Civil Discourse.Read More
You ain't seen nothin' like the one movie Gene Simmons doesn't want you to see: Never too Young to Die. That's right, the man who played DJ Nuke in Trick or Treat (1986) is somehow more embarrassed by John Stamos' film debut than a movie where he plays a devil worshiping Wolfman Jack. Join Steve and Jake as they discuss this once lost classic and bask in the glory of ace gymnast, LANCE STARGROVE--the young 80s James Bond you never knew you needed in your life.Read More
Well folks, we’re already one week past the midpoint of 2017, and as per usual I like to take a look back at the year in progress, and highlight some of the best films we’ve seen released. 2017 has already kicked off to an immensely promising start, with these first six months brimming with strong contenders for many year-end best lists. To be sure, there have been a few groaners (Fuck you, The Bye Bye Man!), moaners (Fifty Shades Darker…ugh) and disappointments (c’mon people, Logan is not all that great), but all in all, the good outweigh the bad, and without any further ado, here are my Top Ten Films of 2017 (so far).Read More
Summer is here and what better way to celebrate than with a thorough examination of disintegrating marriages and the crushing ennui of everyday life. This week, Adam, Shawn and Jack do their best to find a perfect pairing for Mike Nichol's brilliant adaptation of the 1962 play by Edward Albee, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Read More
A Ghost Story was a big critical hit at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and represents director David Lowery's return to independent filmmaking. It's beautiful and mysterious but, has it got any substance?Read More
Last weekend I saw It Comes at Night, the sophomore effort from writer-director Trey Edward Shults. His debut film, Krisha, was one of my favorites of last year, with an energetic style and a merciless yet empathetic approach to storytelling. Alas, It Comes at Night was disappointing, a half-cocked gambit to avoid the sophomore slump that feels more like the idea of a horror movie than the real thing. Despite some impressive, practically lit cinematography and an engrossing atmosphere, the film sadly feels like a rough draft.Read More
Optimism Vaccine wraps up David Lynch month by talkin' about the Twin Peaks legacy and how Twin Peaks: The Return stacks up to the original series. Hot takes abound and Jake passionately defends Fire Walk With me. What more could you ask for?