Salty Winters

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Salty Winters once said, "Everything I learned I learned from the movies." He was quoting Audrey Hepburn.

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Big Men

Big Men, the new documentary produced and directed by Rachel Boynton (Our Brand Is Crisis) gives us an unprecedented backstage pass to the first commercial oil find in the West African country of Ghana. Follow along as Dallas based oil-exploration firm Kosmos Energy (backed by The Blackstone Group) discovers more than 2 billion barrels of […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Borgman

Borgman, a psychological thriller written and directed by Alex van Warmerdam, was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and was selected as the Dutch Entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards. (It did not receive the nomination.) Drafthouse Films picked it up and it’s now in […]Read More

Weekend Movie Rundown!

Reviews for Cold in July and A Million Ways to Die in the West. 2014 has been a stellar year for independent/small budget films and you can add Cold in July to the list. I wasn’t familiar with director Jim Mickle, but his latest effort prompted me to check out some of his earlier work. […]Read More

Weekend Rundown: 4 Film Reviews

Reviews for Only Lovers Left Alive, Chef, Fading Gigolo, and Locke. 2014 has been a stellar year for movies and it continues with this week’s new releases and selections for Weekend Rundown. Let’s kick things off with Only Lovers Left Alive, the movie that I enjoyed most this week. Not only is it one of my […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Blue Ruin

Critics have been raving about Blue Ruin and for good reason; director Jeremy Saulnier (Murder Party) takes a simple tale of revenge and elevates it to Shakespearean heights with his masterful storytelling.  Macon Blair has a career-making performance as Dwight, an outcast living on the fringe of society who’s drawn back to his hometown at […]Read More

Weekend Rundown: 5 Film Reviews

Quick reviews for Jodorowsky’s Dune, Brick Mansions, The Face of Love, Last Passenger, and Under the Skin. Jodorowsky’s Dune is the best thing I watched all week.  It’s an entertaining documentary that tells the captivating story behind the greatest movie never made.  Alejandro Jodorowsky is an interesting fella and a visionary filmmaker (El Topo, The […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Cuban Fury

The ever-loveable Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) steps out of Simon Pegg’s shadow and into dance shoes and a sequined shirt for the leading role in the new romantic comedy, Cuban Fury.  He plays Bruce Garrett, the overweight, under-confident former salsa prodigy who lost his mojo as a teenager and must get […]Read More

Drafthouse Films Review: The Final Member

*Warning- This review is penis-heavy and often refers to the male genitalia in unscientific terms.  What do you collect?  I collect Blu-rays and limited-edition screenprinted movie posters.  I have friends that collect sneakers, rare books, and hangovers, among other things.  Sigurður Hjartarson of Reykjavik, Iceland is a collector.  A serious collector for 40 years, Hjartarson […]Read More

Drafthouse Films Review: Cheap Thrills

Cheap Thrills is a kick in the teeth, and I mean that in a good way.  It’s a dark and cynical, drunk and drugged-out game of dares, with a wicked sense of humor. Winner of the Midnighters Audience Award at SXSW in 2013, E.L. Katz’s directorial debut is the kind of movie that gets a […]Read More

Movie Review: Grand Piano

I’ve always loved piano movies.  Like many people, I played piano as a child, only to give it up and regret it years later.  The title alone was enough to make me want to see Grand Piano, and when it was recommended as a thriller in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock (one of my all-time […]Read More

Movie Review: 3 Days To Kill

In the early Nineties, Kevin Costner was the man.  His star-making turn came in 1987, as Prohibition agent Eliot Ness in Brian De Palma’s superb crime drama, The Untouchables.  He followed it up with starring roles in No Way Out, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, and Dances With Wolves.  Since then he’s had a few […]Read More

Movie Theater Review: Alamo Drafthouse Kalamazoo

Movies transport us.  They allow us to escape reality and travel through time and space to far off destinations.  They let us see things from different perspectives and experience the impossible.  Movie theaters are the vehicles in which we take these journeys and Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas are like state-of-the-art space crafts equipped with all the […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: The Monuments Men

Three-fourths of the way through The Monuments Men, I leaned towards my wife and whispered, “I fucking hate this movie.” Those are strong words, but that’s how much it irritated me. On paper it sounds amazing. The true story that it’s based on is fascinating and is better told in the superior documentary The Rape of Europa (now […]Read More

A Salty Winters Film Review: American Hustle

When I saw the trailer for American Hustle, David O. Russell’s slick, new period piece about con artists in the late 1970s, my initial thought was that it looked like a Scorsese movie.  I found it interesting because Russell, director of The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, is an accomplished director with a unique style […]Read More

Nebraska: In Glorious Black-and-White

In this day and age, it’s a rare occasion to see a new black-and-white film on the big screen.  Most studios consider them a risk; remnants of an era long gone; box office poison.  With the exception of The Artist, winner of 5 Oscars, there have not been many commercially successful black-and-white films in the […]Read More