On Chesil Beach feels Theatrical, not Cinematic

On Chesil Beach doesn’t quite rise up to to the level of previous adaptations of Ian McEwan’s works. Set in 1962, this is a film that can be very confusing to follow.  We eventually learn that Florence Ponting (Saoirse Ronan) and Edward Mayhew (Billy Howle) just got married a few hours earlier.  They are planning to consummate their marriage at a hotel along Chesil Beach in southern England on the Dorset coast.  However, Florence realizes that she…

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Girl: Cisgender Male wins award for Transgender Role at Cannes

Girl, since acquired by Netflix, has taken home not one but two awards at Cannes.  It’s frustrating to see this film take home any award.  The practice of Transface–casting cisgender people in transgender roles–is a practice that seriously needs to come to an end.  It’s no different than the casting of white people and making them up to appear as people of color.  If you wouldn’t cast someone in Blackface, don’t bother casting in Transface! …

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First Reformed: A Mesmerizing Drama

First Reformed is a mesmerizing drama about a pastor who counsels a husband and wife. Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke), a former Army chaplain, is a pastor at the First Reformed Church in the fictional town of Snowbridge, N.Y.  The Dutch Reform church has grown some fame by having been a station on along the Underground Railround.  However, as the church approaches 250 years, it doesn’t contain the magic that used to be there.  While…

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Book Club: The Avengers of Their Generation

Book Club isn’t just a romantic comedy but a film that manages to team up four of the greatest female actors of their time in the same movie. This group of friends have been a part of the same book club since 1974 when they first got together.  There’s Diane (Diane Keaton), a mother of two daughters but recently widowed when her husband died after 40 years of being together.  Next up is Vivian (Jane…

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Trailer: Dark Money

PBS Distribution has released the first trailer for Dark Money.  The film, directed by transgender director Kimberly Reed, first premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. During the 2018 Montclair Film Festival, the thrilling political documentary took home the David Carr Award for Truth in Non-Fiction Filmmaking. Synopsis: DARK MONEY, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film…

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Jonathan Kasdan: Lando Calrissian is Pansexual

Solo co-writer Jonathan Kasdan confirmed in an interview with The Huffington Post that Lando Calrissian is pansexual.  As far as major characters in the Star Wars universe are concerned, this makes Lando one of the first known person to be attracted to more than one gender.  He’s far from the only LGBTQ character as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo’s sexual orientation is made clear in the novel, Leia: Princess of Alderaan. So, given the opportunity to speak with…

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Stays True To Trilogy

Solo: A Star Wars Story is a film that gives us Han Solo’s cinematic origin story while staying true to the original Star Wars trilogy.   WHILE I TRIED MY BEST TO AVOID THEM, THERE ARE POTENTIAL SPOILERS…SO READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.   What is known about where the film sits within the Star Wars canon is that the events take place between that of Thrawn and Tarkin.  It’s also set before the events of…

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Time’s Up: My Major Problem with Deadpool 2

Here we go again.  Another Time’s Up / #MeToo column for another film in which filmmakers left T.J. Miller in the cast. The major problem that I had with Deadpool 2 goes down to one thing: this film served as the perfect opportunity to recast T.J. Miller’s role of Weasel with the Deadpool brand of humor following allegations of assault and abuse.  Given the news stories that broke in December about allegations of sexual assault…

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Deadpool 2: A Wildly Entertaining Ride

Led by Ryan Reynolds as the Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool 2 is a wildly entertaining ride that ups the stakes after 2016’s hit predecessor. David Leitch takes over the director’s chair for Tim Miller but it is as if nothing has changed.  The screenplay is full of pop culture opportunities to joke about.  Honestly, it may be even more meta than the earlier film.  The jokes are all over the place. Jokes references include Deadpool‘s…

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Black Panther arrives on Home Media

With Black Panther available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD, fans have the opportunity to make the return trip to Wakanda anytime! Whether it’s the women of Wakanda or bringing the story to the screen, the bonus features have a lot to offer viewers. When the film was released in February, it came with a shockwave that was not unlike last summer’s release of Wonder Woman.  As of May 13, 2018, the…

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