Long Gone Wild: Blackfish Was Just The Beginning

Long Gone Wild will prove to be just as damaging for SeaWorld and other marine aquariums as Blackfish was six years ago. Here is where things stand upon the documentary’s release: there are 60 orcas living in captivity.  The orcas are spread across 15 parks in 8 different countries.  All in all, 160 orcas have died while living in captivity.  This only proves to show just how psychologically damaging it is to have these large…

"Long Gone Wild: Blackfish Was Just The Beginning"

Veronica Mars: Season Four is Binge-Worthy

The fourth season of Veronica Mars is binge-worthy as Kristen Bell comes back to the titular role of the rebooted television drama. Bringing back Veronica Mars without the whole gang is seemingly impossible.  No matter how long it is between seasons or films, everyone is quickly able to get back into the groove.  It’s been a little over five years since Veronica (Kristen Bell) returned to Neptune to defend Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) in the…

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The Farewell: An Intimate Story for Lulu Wang

The Farewell is a very intimate look at one family as they go about saying goodbye to a loved one while never letting them know the truth. Billi (Awkwafina) joins the rest of her family in Changchun to say goodbye to her grandmother (Shuzhen Zhao).  As a cover, the family is planning the wedding for her Japanese-raised cousin.  It’s one of the best cover ops ever when you think about it.  What other way can…

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Scarlett Johansson would still play transgender role

Actress Scarlett Johansson is back in the news after her comments about politically correct casting in As If magazine made the rounds on the internet. Suffice it to say, her words were certainly problematic.  It’s especially problematic given the actress’s history.  Like how she whitewashed a role and decided to portray a transgender man in Rub & Tug.  These choices have led to the actress–more or less–becoming a meme over the years. ‘You know, as…

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Saving Zoë Should Have Stayed A Book

Saving Zoë is unable to adequately translate the source material to the big screen despite some fine performances from the Marano sisters. After sister Zoë (Vanessa Marano) gets murdered, Echo’s (Laura Marano) life pretty much comes to a standstill.  Neither parents seem to be doing okay with it.  If anything at all, they’re just grieving in their own ways.  Her mom turns to peels while dad works all the time.  While this isn’t healthy at…

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The Lion King Is My Favorite Film This Year

The Lion King brings one of Disney’s most beloved animated films to life in visually stunning photo-realistic CGI adaptation. I’ve kept a close eye since Disney decided to update their library in a contemporary manner.  I remember how impressed I was with The Jungle Book‘s Oscar-winning visual effects in 2016.  Where these two Jon Favreau-directed films differ are that there is no motion-capture performances in The Lion King.  It would have surely made a difference…

"The Lion King Is My Favorite Film This Year"

Stuber: A Throwback 80s Action Comedy

Stuber is a well-made action comedy starring Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista as the film throws it back to the great action comedies of the 1980s. In a summer full of remakes and sequels, Stuber is a fresh offering.  At the same time, the film is such a throwback to the great action comedies that we love so much.  It is going to offer us a nostalgic feeling.  A different type than what we typically…

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The Art of Self-Defense: A Dark Comedy

The Art of Self-Defense takes a dark comedic look at toxic masculinity but does so while grounding it in the world of karate. Accountant Casey Davies (Jesse Eisenberg) is forced to sign up for karate classes after a he gets jumped by a motorcycle gang.  It’s only because there’s no more dog food.  Man’s best friend comes first, right?!?  Casey does the first logical thing he can think of when he leaves the hospital: buy…

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Sword of Trust: Wait, WHO won the war?

Sword of Trust, brilliantly written by Lynn Shelton and Mike O’Brien, finds a way to mix both the political with the funny in this ensemble comedy. Pawnshop owner Mel (Marc Maron) has one of the most inept employees in Nathaniel (Jon Bass).  When it comes to his shop’s customers, Mel is the type who deceives them.  Mel hits the jackpot one day when married lesbian couple Cynthia (Jillian Bell) and Mary (Michaela Watkins) enter the…

"Sword of Trust: Wait, WHO won the war?"

The Lion King: A Beloved Disney Animated Classic

With a photo-realistic adaptation on the way, beloved Disney animated classic The Lion King celebrated 25 years last month. Once upon a time, filmmakers John Musker and Ron Clements passed on doing The Lion King.  Their loss is Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff’s gain.  While the duo went on to give us Aladdin, they felt that nobody wanted to see a movie about lions in the jungle.  How did this work out?  Not only would…

"The Lion King: A Beloved Disney Animated Classic"