Standing Up, Falling Down: A Familiar Story

A stand-up comedian moves home after four years of struggling to find success in Los Angeles in the recently released Standing Up, Falling Down. The story told in this film is one that is all too familiar.  While stand-up opportunities are all over New York City, the biggest opportunities are almost always in Los Angeles.  Take it from this improviser who weirdly became a film critic (I haven’t given up on comedy for what it’s…

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D. Wade: Life Unexpected profiles NBA star

D. Wade: Life Unexpected presents an unfiltered look at NBA star Dwyane Wade as the future Hall of Fame enters his final year in the NBA. Filmmaker Bob Metelus and Wade are long time friends.  It’s because of this that we’re getting a look into the ballplayer’s life that is so raw and unfiltered.  Could another filmmaker be able to do this?  Maybe but what Metelus is able to do is present a side of…

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Miracle Revisits the Miracle On Ice

Miracle revisits the Miracle on Ice, when the United States defeated the Soviet Union to get a step closer to the Gold Medal during the 1980 Winter Olympics. “Do you believe in miracles? YES!” Then-ABC sports broadcaster Al Michaels captured the moment rather well with the now-iconic line.  Forty years to the day, the game remains one of the best moments in sports history.  One that most Americans thought aired live on television but ABC…

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Onward: An Emotional And Magical Journey

Onward takes viewers on an emotional journey by way of the Lightfoot brothers in a world where magic has been long forgotten. Pixar has a way of making magic.  Sometimes, this magic comes by way of a world that’s long forgotten how to use it.  In this case, Ian and Barley Lightfoot (Tom Holland and Chris Pratt)–a pair of elves–attempt to bring their father, Wilden Lightfoot (Kyle Bornheimer), back if only for a day.  Unfortunately,…

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Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations

Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations is a necessary film and ought to be a conversation starter on a subject that is plaguing our world. In Viral, filmmaker Andrew Goldberg takes a look at four particular instances of anti-Semitism over the years.  The first is the Tree of Life shooting and the subject of the far right.  The second chapter takes a look at Blaming the Jews.  Specifically, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s vendetta against George…

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Emma Falls Short Of Standards Held By Clueless

Emma is the fourth different feature film adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel to come to the big screen since Clueless was released in 1995. Anya Taylor-Joy delivers a strong turn as the title character with as much screen time as the film allows her.  Much like Regina in Mean Girls, Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy) is the “queen bee.”  She has no rivals.  Well, this seems like the case until she brings Miss Harriet Smith…

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Wag The Dog: This Film Feels Very Realistic

Perhaps what’s so surprising about 1997’s Wag the Dog is how the political satire feels so realistic over twenty years following its theatrical release. It’s two weeks before Election Day and the president is caught making an advance on a Firefly Girl.  Enter Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro) and presidential aide Winifred Ames (Anne Heche).  Their sole duty over the next two weeks is to keep the public distracted by any means necessary.  If it…

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The Call of the Wild: Buck Will Steal Your Heart

Buck will steal your heart as Jack London’s 1903 short novel, The Call of the Wild, comes to the big screen this weekend. Where prior adaptations have been from the human POV, this is very much Buck’s film.  The St. Bernard/Farm Collie mix, digitally created for the film by way of a St. Bernard/Shepherd mix named Buckley, steals the show regardless of the fact that he’s CGI.  This film takes us on his journey and…

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WALL-E: A Spiritual Cousin of Idiocracy

WALL-E, a spiritual cousin of Idiocracy, was one of the best films of 2008 and feels more current some twelve years after its theatrical release. At a time when Disney Animation was still getting back in order, Pixar was churning out some of the best animated films ever.  This film is certainly no exception.  While WALL-E managed to take home an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, it could certainly have crossed over into Best Picture…

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Slamdance 2020: Animation Outlaws

Animation Outlaws is a documentary that manages to revisit the touring film festival that is Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation. If you aren’t familiar with Spike Decker or Mike Gribble, you’re in for a treat.  Many now-famous animators got their start thanks to Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation.  The original touring festival–started in 1977–would soon gave way to the Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation later on. The promotion techniques they used would get…

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