The Peanut Butter Falcon is a film that could have easily been written by the likes of Mark Twain if the author lived during this era. Saying that Mark Twain could have written this film isn’t an understatement. Not when the large majority of the film sees Zak (Zack Gottsagen) and Tyler (Shia LaBeouf) on an adventure together. Whether it’s by foot or water, the two of them certainly bond with each other. Never more…"The Peanut Butter Falcon: Don’t Miss This One"
Slamdance favorite The Vast of Night was among the Midnight Madness program when the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) unveiled selections. The Vast of Night was hands-down my favorite film to play Slamdance this year. The low-budget indie film, directed by Andrew Patterson, stars Jake Horowitz and Sierra McCormick. I have yet to hear anything about distribution but I hope that a distributor is wise to pick this film up. Some of my favorite…"TIFF 2019: Midnight Madness, Cinematheque"
The Kitchen is about a trio of wives who take over protecting the neighborhood while their husbands are serving time in jail. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Andrea Berloff adapts Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle’s comic book series for the big screen. I really wish that I could say that The Kitchen is a good film but it fails along the way. The whole women-take-revenge plot was done so much better in Steve McQueen’s criminally underrated Widows. Where…"The Kitchen Isn’t The Feminist Thriller We Need"
Brian Banks tells the incredible true story of a football player who fought for his innocence while reminding us that the system is broken. After the opening scene, the film flashes back to two years prior when Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge) starts down the road to freedom. It isn’t an easy road but it would be hard fought thanks to Justin Brooks (Greg Kinnear) and the California Innocence Project. Banks’ life was wrongly charged with…"Brian Banks Reminds Us That The System Is Broken"
Dick, the political satire starring Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams, manages to hold up twenty years after its theatrical release in 1999. The political comedy re-imagines the Watergate scandal through the lens of a pair of high school students. Not surprisingly, the film opens on the night of the break-in. On this night, Betsy Jobs (Kirsten Dunst) and Arlene Lorenzo (Michelle Williams) are writing a letter. The duo hope to win a date with singer…"Dick: Political Satire Holds Up 20 Years Later"
Joanna Hogg’s Oscar hopeful, The Souvenir, starring Honor Swinton Byrne is now available for viewers to watch at home on Blu-ray and DVD. The film, released by A24, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January where it took home the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic. As I wrote in my review upon the film’s theatrical release, Byrne delivers a breakout performance. It is a known fact that female filmmakers don’t get enough recognition…"The Souvenir: Oscar hopeful arrives on Blu-ray, DVD"
Ode to Joy makes sure that its two leads have chemistry between them but as far as the laughs go, they feel like they’re few and far between. Brooklyn librarian Charlie (Martin Freeman) suffers from cataplexy. What this means for the New York Mets fan–based on clothing choices–is that he is paralyzed by the feeling of joy. Consequently, this means that something as small as the act of finding love results in paralysis. Because of…"Ode to Joy: Rom-com lacking in laughs"
The Art of Racing in the Rain is going to be an emotional film for anybody who has ever had a dog as a member of their pack. I know it’s the biggest question on your mind and I’ll get to it in due time. Before I do, I’ll add that there is a nice pile of laughs in here, too. Some of these laughs come with what Enzo (Kevin Costner) says in the film. …"The Art of Racing in the Rain is Heartbreaking"
In Funny Man: Mel Brooks, author Patrick McGilligan takes an in-depth look at the life of the legendary comedian Mel Brooks. The legendary comedian has gifted us both films, television series, records, and Broadway musicals. He is one of a number of entertainers to win the coveted EGOT. But the Mel Brooks that we see in public is a wholly different person from the Mel Brooks on set or in his private life. If there’s…"Funny Man: Mel Brooks by Patrick McGilligan"
Descendants 3 offers a satisfying conclusion as we reach the end of the line of the musical Descendants trilogy on the Disney Channel. The first film would become a re-imagining of a different nature. It was very different from ABC’s hit fairy tale series, Once Upon A Time (2011-2018). At the same time, one can see exactly why Disney continues to draw upon their hits in their film canon. It’s because audiences will continue to…"Descendants 3 Offers A Satisfying Conclusion"