Poop Talk: The Funniest Movie About Shit

Breaking a taboo, Poop Talk is easily the funniest documentary to ever be about shit and the film would never have been able to happen without executive producers Randy and Jason Sklar, better known as The Sklar Brothers. Poop Talk is the brain child of director Aaron Feldman but without the Sklar Brothers, none of the comedians interviewed would have come on board to discuss their experience with taking a shit–whether they were comfortable or not. …

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The 15:17 To Paris: A Heroic True Story

The 15:17 to Paris tells the heroic true story of three young Americans traveling across Europe and found themselves on the train to Paris on fateful day in 2015. Directed by Clint Eastwood from a screenplay, Dorothy Blyskal, the film features the real-life heroes playing themselves:  Anthony Sadler, former Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and former U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone.  They are joined in the cast by Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, Ray Corasani,…

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Basmati Blues: This Musical is Certainly Something

Basmati Blues is a musical and as far as musicals go, it’s certainly something alright. Directed by Danny Baron from a screenplay co-written with Jeffrey Dorchen, the film stars Brie Larson, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Scott Bakula, Saahil Sehgal, with Tyne Daly and Donald Sutherland. For an Oscar winner such as Larson, one may question her decision to take on this role after the success of Room but it’s a role that she shot before she won the…

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Permission: Dan Stevens Can’t Save This Troubled Rom-Com

Dan Stevens may be one of the hardest working people in show business but the talented actor isn’t enough to save predictable romantic comedy Permission. Written and directed by Brian Crano, the cast includes Rebecca Hall, Dan Stevens, Gina Gershon, Francois Arnaud, David Joseph Craig, Morgan Spector, and Jason Sudeikis. How far is a couple willing to go to sow that they are committed to each other?  Would it make sense to risk their monogamous relationship by opening…

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Cold War kicks off 2018 Midwest Independent Film Festival

Cold War is the sickest rom-com in years as the indie comedy kicks off the 2018 Midwest Independent Film Festival with a wave, or sickness mind you, of laughter. Written by J. Wilder Konschak, who co-directs with Stirling McLaughlin, Cold War stars an impressive array of talent–many of who have a background in improvisation–including Michael Blaiklock, Madeline Walter, Antoine McKay, Gail Rastorfer, Kenneth Yoder, Rammel Chan, Antoine Pierre Whitfield, Sara Sevigny, and Scarlett Harper. Maggie (Walter) and Jonathan (Blaiklock) had just moved in together and…

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The Cloverfield Paradox Is Not The Event Film We Wanted

Despite taking the world by surprise when Netflix announced to the world that the film would be released immediately after the Super Bowl, The Cloverfield Paradox is not the event film that streaming provider thought they were getting.  Instead, it was worse–way worse.  It’s a bad sign for a film when it struggles to not only keep one awake but make them want to gouge their eyes out while watching. Directed by Julius Onah from…

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Just Charlie: Transgender Film Hits Close To Home

With the way it approaches the emotional struggle for transgender youth and their families, Just Charlie hits really close to home. Rebekah Began directs the coming-of-age film from a script written by Peter Machen.  The film stars Harry Gilby, Scot Williams, and Patricia Potter. Charlie Lyndsay (Harry Gilby) seems to have it all as the teenage soccer player is destined for a future in professional soccer with clubs at the door for the chance to sign…

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Peter Rabbit: Domhnall Gleeson is a riot but film falls short

After so many author biopics in 2017, Peter Rabbit may seem like a breath of fresh air with bringing the children’s story to the big screen.  It’s been over a decade since 2006 saw the release of the Renee Zellweger-starring Miss Potter.  At the same time, there are so many comic gags in the film that it is over-bloated on that front.  Filmmakers are clearly targeting the kids more so than their parents when it…

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Sundance 2018: Hal – The Life of Hal Ashby

Premiering at Sundance, Hal is a documentary that–break your heart as it may–offers closer a look at the career of the underrated director, Hal Ashby. In her directorial debut, editor-turned-director  Amy Scott assembled a wide array of interviews, archival footage, and a soundtrack heavy on Cat Stevens over the last five years to give movie fans the long-overdue documentary on Hal Ashby.  The documentary in itself is a reminder that many directors don’t get to…

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Sundance 2018: The Queen of Fear

An official Sundance selection, The Queen of Fear features a stellar acting performance from actress Valeria Bertuccelli. Bertuccelli, who also wrote the film, co-directs the absurd comedy with Fabiana Tiscornia.  For a film that comes off as an absurd comedy, The Queen of Fear is surprisingly so dark in terms of lighting–whether that’s due to cinematographer Matías Mesa or the co-directors, I don’t know.  As with any foreign film, to truly be able to understand what’s going…

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