Ode to Joy: Rom-com lacking in laughs

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…

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The Art of Racing in the Rain is Heartbreaking

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. …

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Funny Man: Mel Brooks by Patrick McGilligan

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…

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Descendants 3 Offers A Satisfying Conclusion

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…

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Love, Antosha: A Beautiful Tribute to Anton Yelchin

Premiering at Sundance earlier this year, Love, Antosha serves as a beautiful and moving tribute to the late Star Trek star, Anton Yelchin. It’s hard not to feel heartbreak in viewing this film especially during the closing minutes.  One cannot help but feel sadness for his family and friends.  Here is an actor who was taken away from us when he was only 27 years old as a result of a freak accident. Anton Yelchin…

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Tel Aviv on Fire: An Interesting Satire

Tel Aviv on Fire is an interesting satire that seeks to look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lens of a soap opera. When we first meet Salam (Kais Nashif), he is working for popular Palestinian soap opera Tel Aviv on Fire.  He only ends up becoming a writer on the series after a run-in with Assi (Yaniv Biton) at an Israeli checkpoint.  Assi’s wife is a big fan of the series so naturally, he…

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Toronto 2019: Canadian Features lineup announced

The 2019 Toronto International Film Festival announced the second wave of titles this morning, shining a light on TIFF’s Canadian features and shorts. The Canadian feature slate includes seven first features, 13 works by returning TIFF alumni, and almost 50% films directed by women. “We are deeply impressed by the high quality of the work done by Canadian directors this year — particularly from filmmakers who were making their first and second features,” said Steve…

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Funny People: Judd Apatow’s Dramedy Hits 10 Years

Judd Apatow’s third-directed feature, Funny People, marks its tenth anniversary since being theatrically released ten years ago. Funny People marks somewhat of a departure from Apatow’s earlier features.  George Simmons (Adam Sandler) is more of a mature character than the leads in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up.  He doesn’t come off as the man-child in the earlier Apatow fare.  Though to be fair, Simmons does act quite immature during the third act during a…

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The Red Sea Diving Resort: A True Story

Chris Evans leads a cast of Mossad operatives in The Red Sea Diving Resort as they work to rescue Ethiopian Jews and bring them to Israel. I would imagine that more people know the story behind Operation Moses or Operation Solomon more so than Operation Brothers.  Regardless, this film is a good one to watch as things play out on screen.  Even though we have an idea of what is going to happen, there’s certainly…

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Long Shot now available on Blu-ray, DVD

Long Shot, the hysterical film starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron, is now available to bring home on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital. When Long Shot was announced to premiere during the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, the film was immediately placed on my calendar.  It didn’t matter what was screening against it because nothing was going to stop me from attending the comedy. Having the same Saturday night slot during SXSW as Blockers one year prior…

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