Loosely based on William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, She’s the Man recently marked its 15th anniversary by appearing on Blu-ray. Viola Hastings (Amanda Bynes) had been playing for Cornwall’s girl’s soccer team until the team got cut. Upon learning her brother, Sebastian (James Kirk), would be going to London for a few weeks, Viola pretends to be him at his new boarding school, Illyria Prep. All she wants to do is play soccer and she pretends…"She’s The Man Marks 15 Years with Blu-ray"
Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer star as a pair of mismatched superheroes in Thunder Force, the newest Netflix original. A comic book panel style montage sets the scene for what’s happening in the film. In March 1983, a massive explosion of interstellar cosmic-rays hit Earth. This led to select humans undergoing a genetic transformation. Unfortunately, the powers were only unlocked in those people predisposed to be a sociopath. Because mutants and meta-humans were already taken…"Thunder Force: Good Takes On Evil in Chicago"
Godzilla vs. Kong is just fine and that’s perfectly okay as viewers watch the newest installment of Legendary’s Monsterverse. This film more than makes up for 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. There’s still an ample plot regarding the human characters but there’s more than enough battles between Godzilla and Kong to make up for it. In 2019, we saw the eco-terrorists wanting to wake up the titans in order to help the planet’s rebirth.…"Godzilla vs. Kong Is Fine And That’s Okay"
The Day Sports Stood Still flashes back to a Wednesday night last March when every sports season effectively ended or was delayed. There are numerous people interviewed throughout this film. Chris Paul might be the main focus but everyone here has their own story to tell. Chris Paul was on the floor when the Oklahoma City Thunder took on the Utah Jazz. This was the first NBA game to come to a premature end during…"The Day Sports Stood Still And The Covid-19 Impact"
The violent action-thriller, Nobody, stars Better Call Saul‘s Bob Odenkirk in what could very well be his most violent role to date. Until Breaking Bad and follow-up series Better Call Saul came to be, most of us knew Bob Odenkirk for his comedy. But without the former, it’s possible we don’t get Odenkirk cast in Steven Spielberg’s The Post. Of course, I don’t know this for sure. Come to think of it, I don’t think…"Nobody: A Violent Action-Thriller"
The Mighty Ducks might be underdogs in the original 1990s trilogy but they became fan favorites as a result of their original run. In reading through the oral history in TIME, it’s fascinating to see what these films could have become. Imagine a darker first film along the same lines as Little Miss Sunshine. More than this, imagine Peter Berg portraying Gordon Bombay. I don’t know about you but Emilio Estevez will always be Coach…"The Mighty Ducks Are The Underdogs"
The Courier, formerly titled Ironbark, is a Cold War era spy thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachel Brosnahan. I love a good spy thriller and The Courier is no exception. My only regret is that I didn’t have the opportunity to watch the film during Sundance in 2020. Screening conflicts mean having to choose between films and I also wasn’t feeling well for most of the festival. I can certainly say that watching films at…"The Courier: A Cold War Spy Thriller"
Clerk is an inspiring documentary that manages to take us back to where everything all begin for filmmaker Kevin Smith and then some. It’s more than just a film about the QuickStop Groceries, of course. Yes, the store played a huge role in his life as he was working there when he first got the idea for Clerks. Smith drives us around his New Jersey hometown while pointing out the important places in his life.…"SXSW 2021: Clerk"
WeWork: or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn launches first at SXSW before later going into homes by way of Hulu. By the end of the year, this film will have one of the longest titles. I’m sorry but this film isn’t really SEO friendly. Now all of this aside, the film’s main subject only appears in archival footage. That’s right–neither Adam Neumann or Rebekah Neumann decided to participate in the film.…"SXSW 2021: WeWork"
A number of short films are screening during the 2021 SXSW Film Festival and they deserve as much attention as the feature films. The Other Morgan This film quickly rose up to the top of my list of SXSW short films after viewing. It’s a hysterically absurd comedy. A young exterminator (Alison Rich) learns that there’s another version of her (Mary Holland) out in the world. As you can imagine, she begins to question all…"SXSW 2021: Short Films Recap"