TWELVE DAYS OF CINE-MAS
A traditional festive countdown, reflecting upon my 2016 movie-watching moments...
EIGHT WONDROUS ONE-SHEETS
Much was made in 2016 that the elegance and artistry of the great movie posters of yesteryear is dead and gone. Like the movies they spruik, key-art imagery is focus group tested and voted on in LA boardrooms with scant regard for aesthetics. Of course, there are the exceptions…(and, yes, the Star Trek Beyond quad art is not a one-sheet, but it is beautiful, so consider it a bonus.)
Dir: Robert Schwartzman
Stars: Johnny Simmons, Amy Landecker, Jason Schwartzman and Beverly D’Angelo.
Plot: Part-time pianist Monty Fagan begins a May-December romance that upends his home life.
THE FAMILY FANG
Dir: Jason Bateman
Stars: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken and Kathryn Hahn.
Plot: A brother and sister return to their family home in search of the world famous parents, who have disappeared.
LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD
Dir: Werner Herzog
Plot: A journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works.
Dir: Jordan Galland
Stars: Louise Krause, Carol Kane and Dan Fogler.
Plot: Ava Dobkins is recovering from demonic possession. With no memory of the past month, she is forced to attend a Spirit Possession Anonymous support group, in the hope she can reconnect with her friends, get her job back, and figure out where the huge bloodstain in her apartment came from. But, plagued by nightmarish visions, she fears the demon is trying to come back.
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
Dir: Gareth Edwards
Stars: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn.
Plot: Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier and criminal, is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks.
TONIGHT SHE COMES
Dir: Matt Stuertz
Stars: Jenna McDonald, Frankie Ray, Adam Hartley and Larissa White.
Plot: After a girl goes missing, two of her friends and a mysterious set of strangers find themselves drawn to the cabin in the woods where she disappeared. They will laugh, they will drink, they will kiss, they will make love, and they must all die.
Dir: Pablo Larrain
Stars: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig and Billy Crudup.
Plot: Following the assassination of her husband, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regarin her faith, console her children and define her husband’s historic legacy.
Dir: Byrd McDonald
Featuring: William Gibson, Coy Doctorow and Bruce Sterling.
Plot: An examination of Steampunk's origins, explosive growth, and cultural significance. Is the Steampunk movement a homogenized, privileged subculture or a reclamation of technology from the hands of Silicon Valley?