Emmy Awards Have A Documentary Problem

When the 71st Emmy Award nominations were announced, a number of Oscar-nominated documentaries received several nominations. While I am excited for some of the Emmy nominations this year, I remain disappointed in the continued documentary overlap between the Oscars and Emmys.  This is also one of those areas in which I find myself in high agreement with Steven Spielberg.  The director has certainly let his feelings be widely known when it comes to Netflix. This is…

"Emmy Awards Have A Documentary Problem"

500 Days of Summer celebrates 10 Years

When 500 Days of Summer was released in theaters ten years ago, the film injected a spark into the romantic comedy genre. In the event that you forgot, 500 Days of Summer is an anti-romantic comedy.  The film tells the story of Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel).  The film does not tell their story in a linear narrative This honestly does not matter because it’s not a film that requires you…

"500 Days of Summer celebrates 10 Years"

Shazam arrives on Blu-ray, DVD

Shazam! arrives onto Blu-ray and DVD today a few months after the Zachary Levi-starring DC installment was released into theaters. The critically acclaimed film did over three times its budget at the box office.  After a few failures for DC, they were in need of its.  I think what makes this particular film work so well is the studio went outside the box.  This character certainly isn’t the first that people usually think of when…

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Fast Color arrives on Blu-ray

Fast Color finally arrives home on Blu-ray and DVD over a year after its premiere during the 2018 SXSW Film Festival and a limited theatrical release. There’s a lot to be said about Fast Color‘s super-limited theatrical release.  Suffice it to say, the theatrical release was very disappointing.  For a film that I highly recommended, it’s certainly sad when it’s screening in under 30 theaters.  I talked up this film a lot upon the theatrical…

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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…

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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…

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