Ken Carrell

Independent Film Critic

Ken_Carroll.jpg

Ken Carrell was born in a small rural cabin in Kentuckyokay that was Abraham Lincoln. Ken was born nowhere near Kentucky. A SoCal native, Ken has always been an avid movie fan and is moving into writing, directing, producing films. He got his BA and MA in Communication Studies from California State University, Los Angeles. You can find him at http://www.twitter.com/kencarrell where he sometimes posts funny things but mostly it’s just really bad jokes. He apologizes in advance.

Independent Film Reviews

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service is one of those rarities in film that manages to break new ground in an old genre. With a cast of veteran all-stars and a couple prodigally-talented newbies, (mostly) spectacular writing and Matthew Vaughn proving once again that he’s no joke as a director, this film is a must-see.

Wild

Reese Witherspoon is nominated for a Golden Globe for this film, one orphaned of any redeeming qualities outside of Witherspoon’s phenomenal acting. With no plot to speak of, there isn’t enough in this film to make it worth the watch.

The Homesman

The deadened western genre may not be as dead as we thought. The Homesman is Tommy Lee Jones contribution to the genre with a period piece that suffers only from a somewhat weak storyline but is strengthened by a wonderful cast and a great direction.

Whiplash

At Shaffer Conservatory, teacher and student come together in perfect harmony and treacherous storm to create the conflict of a rocky relationship and the motivation of someone wanting something so bad he becomes delusional. Only watch this if you like watching really, really good movies.

The Theory of Everything

The relationship between Stephen and Jane Hawking is portrayed from its inception to its ultimate demise in this biopic that contains incredible performances from Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

Rosewater

Maziar Bahari’s memoirs about his 4-month stint of being captured and interrogated by the Iranian government are brought to life in Jon Stewart’s filmmaking debut.

Laggies

Lynn Shelton and Keira Knightley pair up to create a wonderfully sweet romantic comedy that’s clever, emotional, and a lot of fun to watch.

Dear White People

The lives of four black students intertwine in this comedy/drama that attempts to address racism in a curt, humorous way but ends up with a confusing mix of storylines that’s tough to follow and loses its message somewhere along the way.

The Judge

Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall play father and son in a compelling drama which touches on every kind of family dynamic and pulls you through every emotion you can possibly feel.

St. Vincent

Bill Murray and newcomer Jaeden Lieberher banter in a comedy largely bereft of funny but sitting on a great story that’s just a few hairs off of “solid.”

Kill The Messenger

Jeremy Renner steals the show with a stunningly honest and vivid performance portraying an investigative journalist driven to suicide after a major media smear campaign.

Jimi: All Is By My Side

If you’re bored on a weeknight and you’ve seen everything else, then yeah, okay, maybe go see this.

The Double

The Double is a sub-par attempt at reviving a mid-19th century work from Fyodor Dostoyevsky.