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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people. Click here to […]

Frank (2014)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Jon Burroughs is a novice songwriter/musician floundering in a dead-end office job. However, after witnessing a suicide attempt, Jon serendipitously finds himself the new keyboardist of the Soronprfbs, an eccentric rock band led by Frank, an enigmatic frontman who dons a giant, papier-mache head. But as Jon quickly discovers, not all is […]

Happy December Everyone

As December comes upon us, Oscar season has arrived. Over these next few weeks I hope to get caught up on my reviews that have backlogged including Nightcrawler, Fury, The One I Love, Cold in July, and Venus in Fur. As for our End of Year Top 10 List, while I’ve seen 81 films from […]

Wish I Was Here (2014)

Review by: Jarrett Leahy Aiden Bloom, a husband and father of two, continues to doggedly pursue his dream of a career in Hollywood thanks to a very supportive wife and a father who is paying for the private education of his grandchildren. But as unexpected news of his father’s illness hits, this struggling actor suddenly […]

Whiplash (2014)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Andrew is a gifted young jazz drummer with aspirations of being one of the greats. After acceptance to Shaffer Conservatory, the finest music school in the country, Andrew is discovered by the school’s most renowned and formidable conductor, Mr. Terrence Fletcher. But as Andrew quickly finds out, Mr. Fletcher’s unorthodox methods for […]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1 (2014)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy After sabotaging the Capitol’s illustrious Quarter Quell, Katniss is rescued by the rebellion and whisked away to safe confines of the underground fortress of District 13. But as she tries to recover from the latest infliction of physical and emotional scars, Katniss soon learns that the leaders of the rebellion have bigger […]