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…

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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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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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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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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…

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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…

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy marks 15

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is still a comedy classic some fifteen years following its theatrical release in July 2004. The KVWN Channel 4 newsroom certainly may be one of the most sexist in cinematic history.  Things are changing in 1973 and leading news anchorman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is not ready.  Nor is the rest of the Channel 4 news team: Champ Kind (David Koechner), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), and Brick Tamland (Steve…

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Summer Night: Coming of Age in California

Summer Night is a coming-of-age story about finding love in a small Northern California town towards the last days of the summer. While the evening’s headliner is a concert at The Alamo, just about everyone is dealing with something going into the night.  On the one hand, we have Jameson (Ellar Coltrane) torn between Harmony (Victoria Justice) and Corin (Elena Kampouris).  Yeah, there’s certainly something going on here when Jameson isn’t completely over Corin.  I’m…

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