I’ve got a few codes to give away for Cory Bowles’ social satire, Black Cop, which premiered during the Toronto International Film Festival last year. The film subsequently played the festival circuit, including a stop in Chicago in October. For a chance at winning one of the iTunes codes (Americans only, sorry), all you have to do is LIKE or RETWEET this tweet or LIKE this post on Facebook. Samuel Goldwyn Films released Black Cop…"Black Cop Code Giveaway for iTunes"
Bad Samaritan is a thriller in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock. What Dean Devlin has done with the direction of the film is make a Hitchcock film for the 21st century. Sean Falco (Robert Sheehan) and Derek Sandoval (Carlito Olivero) use their employment as valets for Nino in order to run a burglary scheme while patrons eat their meals. It’s all fun and game until Sean happens upon the home of Cale Erendreich (David Tennant). It’s…"Bad Samaritan: A Hitchcockian Thriller"
Director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody have reteamed to bring us Tully, a modern-day look at parenting and how it takes over so much of our lives. Parenting is exhausting. There’s no other way to say it. It’s something that Diablo Cody seeks to explore in the script for Tully. There’s always something about Jason Reitman bringing Cody’s words to the big screen. Cody has a way with writing and this film proves that…"Tully: A Commanding Performance from Charlize Theron"
With the life lessons it offers, Paddington 2 is a film that should probably belong in every movie collection. With Paddington’s Aunt Lucy marking her 100th birthday, he wants to get her the best present possible. This comes in the form of a pop-up book discovered in Mr. Gruber’s shop. In order to afford it, Paddington takes on a series of jobs to get the money…or at least tries to, anyway. It’s only when Phoenix…"Paddington 2 is A Must-Own Film"
National Lampoon’s Van Wilder doesn’t hold up as the 2002 comedy hits Blu-ray for the second time in over a decade. Van Wilder (Ryan Reynolds) has been attending Coolidge College for seven years. He’s been attending the school for so long that he brings in assistant after assistant to help him plan his party schedule. After interviewing several candidates, Van settles on Taj Badalandabad (Kal Penn). It’s shortly thereafter that his father, Vance Wilder Sr. (Tim…"National Lampoon’s Van Wilder hits Blu-ray"
With an impending doom from an asteroid on the horizon, The Goodnight Show offers a touch of sentimentality. The Goodnight Show is far from the doom that was Armageddon or Deep Impact. I can go on and on naming all the films in which an asteroid collides with earth and we’d be here all day. This short film, directed by Charlie Schwan, is something else. While there is an asteroid on path to collision with…"Tribeca 2018: The Goodnight Show"
The 716th is a fun little sci-fi comedy in the vein of M*A*S*H meets Star Trek. What is known at the start of the film is that it’s Year 42 of the Rak War in the Outer Durad System. Ash (John Asher) and Doc (Andrew Bowen) are revealed as being wayward nonautomated combat medics who learn that two of their own are being left on an alien world to fend for themselves. Neither Doc nor…"Tribeca 2018: The 716th"
Laboratory Conditions packs so much punch in just under 20 minutes that you forget it’s not a narrative feature! Dr. Emma Holloway makes a late night discovery at work when she comes to the realization that a patient was missing. Unbeknownst to her, the patient–in the final hours of life–is found to have been taken by a medical school nearby. It’s there where Marjorie Cane (Minnie Driver) is running an experiment to see whether a…"Tribeca 2018: Laboratory Conditions"
While I still have some reviews to crank out, here are some of the best offerings of what I saw during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. When one factors in all the categories offered, I saw a total of 39 narrative features, documentaries, and pilots during the festival. NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS: My favorite narrative features to play during Tribeca include All About Nina, Egg, Song of Back and Neck, Jellyfish, Little Woods, The Miseducation of…"The Best of Tribeca 2018"
Marianna Palka’s newest feature, Egg, offers up satirical view on parenting and some great performances to go along with it. Risa Mickenberg’s screenplay has of commentary to offer when it comes to parenting and the decisions that come with it. Mickenberg hit a home run on her first produced screenplay. The fact that it says so much about the subject with so few cast members is impressive. On the one hand, there is Tina (Alysia…"Tribeca 2018: Egg"