John Goodman

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE Review: The Mystery Box Strikes Again

Geek overlord J.J. Abrams (shepherd of both the recent Star Trek and Star Wars revivals) gave a famous Ted Talk a few years ago which laid bare his storytelling ethos. Abrams asserts that a movie theatre is a “mystery box” where the infinite promise and hope of storytelling live, and the best way to experience that magic is to go in cold knowing as little as possible. (more…)

The Gambler Review

The Gambler (2014)

Dir: Rupert Wyatt

It was an uphill climb but Mark Wahlberg’s new film may place him into the most improbable on-screen profession of his career. That’s right, The Gambler has overtaken high school science teacher (The Happening) and inventor (Transformers 4: We’ll Keep Making These As Long As You Keep Paying) in terms of incredulity as it asks you to believe that Mark Wahlberg’s character Jim Bennett is a tenured English professor. (more…)