David Archive

Movie Review: ‘Difret’

Greetings again from the darkness. Maybe the best part of “based on a true story” movies is that they allow for a quick spotlight on both unheralded heroes and under-the-radar injustices around the globe. The first feature from writer/director Zeresenay Mehari brings warranted attention ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Asthma’

Greetings again from the darkness. So this greasy, heroin-addicted slacker picks up a smartass tattoo artist while driving the Rolls Royce he has just stolen. What sounds like the beginning of a stand-up comedian’s best joke, is actually one of the earliest scenes from ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Beasts Of No Nation’

Greetings again from the darkness. Cary Joji Fukunaga has quickly established himself as an expert storyteller with his previous writing and directing of SIN NOMBRE (2009), JANE EYRE (2011) and the fascinating and conversation-sparking first season of “True Detective” (he did not direct the ...Read More

Documentary Review: ‘A Ballerina’s Tale’

Greetings again from the darkness. You may have seen her “60 Minutes” segment earlier this year, or you may have heard the announcement over the summer when she became the first African-American Principal dancer (prima ballerina) at American Ballet Theatre. Or perhaps you recognize ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘The Key’

Greetings again from the darkness. Novelist Jurichiro Tanizaki was nominated for Nobel in Literature, and is one of the more revered modern era writers from Japan. His 1955 novel “Kagi” is the source for this direct-to-video effort from director Jefery Levy, as well as ...Read More

Blu-ray Review: ‘Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot’

Greetings again from the darkness. Dallas loves Dirk. The reasons why become obvious during this biopic that takes us from Dirk’s youth basketball league in Germany through his NBA Finals, while including significantly more information on his family and personal life than we have ...Read More