The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)

The 1960s were a time of enormous change; societal conventions were overturned amidst a push for greater equality, driven by an energetic youth movement and progressive activists and political leaders. But as the 60’s gave way to the 70s, the idealism petered out; the War in Vietnam raged on, Watergate destroyed the public’s faith in their public institutions, and the oil shock ended the long running post WWII economic boom. Continue reading The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)

Hanna (2011)

Hanna has been raised in a Siberian forest, in a remote cabin without electricity or running water. Her father, her only companion, has trained he to be a survivor; she has combat skills, survival skills, and can speak 17 (at least) languages. This unusual set up and preparation is in aid of one thing: Hanna’s father wants revenge on the ruthless CIA agent that years beforehand killed Hanna’s mother. And he is not leary about using his daughter to get the job done. Continue reading Hanna (2011)

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

Caden Cotard is an unhappy NYC playwright, whose wife leaves him right before he wins the Macarthur Fellowship; the famed ‘genius grant’ that provides creative types with financial security to pursue ambitious projects. Channeling his angst over his divorce, and all of his many additional problems, Cotard devises the largest theatrical experience in history; recreating his world in miniature, casting actors to play everyone he has ever met, reliving every experience of his life. Continue reading Synecdoche, New York (2008)

The Old Guard (2020)

A group of people become immortal for no reason. They can sense each other, and some of them connect, become friends. As the centuries pass, they outlive their loved ones, and watch everything they care about fade into history. They also develop their combat skills. In the modern era they live as elite mercenaries for hire, righting wrongs and inadvertablty becoming the target of big pharma. Continue reading The Old Guard (2020)

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

It’s the last day of summer camp and a lot is happening. The flaky councillors are trying to sort out their messy love lives, while the flaky kids are mostly doing the same. There’s a talent show, an ill fated rafting trip, a frustrated scientist trying to get tenure, a weird kid who behaves like a robot, and falling ‘Skylab’ debris: I mean, a LOT is happening. Continue reading Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

Blackhat (2015)

A shadowy cyber criminal pulls off a series of daring infractions; he scrambles the systems of a nuclear plant and causes a meltdown, then artificially inflates the price of soy futures and panics the stock market. What will his next target be? Chasing a ghost, and out of their depth, American and Chinese agents take a gamble; springing an imprisoned hacker to help them tackle their virtual enemy. Continue reading Blackhat (2015)