Entries by Jay Ruud

The Current War

The Current War (Director’s Cut) Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (2019) The Current War is a not-so-current movie whose strange and troubled history makes it surprising that you can even get to see it today on the interwebs, but if you’re looking for a movie to stream while you’re locked up and can’t get to a movie theater, you […]

The Secret Agent

The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale Joseph Conrad (1907) Back when I was in school, if you were reading Joseph Conrad it meant you were reading The Heart of Darkness, that haunting portrait of human depravity and horror beneath the veneer of civilization. If you were going to delve deeper into Conrad, you might take […]

Banana Split

Banana Split Benjamin Kasulke (2018) In our current state of affairs, in which closed movie theaters force us into streaming whatever new fare we can find on Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime, one flick that might be a little under your radar but that seems to be a current darling among critics, is the […]

Parable of the Talents

Parable of the Talents Octavia E. Butler (1998) “Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by a thief is […]

The Way Back

The Way Back Gavin O’Connor (2020) What with the movie theaters closed for business and all y’all sheltering in place, it’s a little more difficult to post movie reviews. But a number of films, cut short in their wide theater releases, are being streamed early, and one of these is Gavin O’Connor’s new film with […]