My Spy: Action Comedy Is Mediocre At Best

My Spy, the action comedy starring Dave Bautista, is set to launch on Amazon Prime Video after bypassing theaters because of the pandemic. After a few releases delays, the film is finally getting released.  If you’re looking forward to catching this on the big screen, I’m sorry to say that this won’t be happening.  Maybe it’s for the best because the spy comedy is a mediocre installment to the genre.  I was fortunate enough to…

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Blow the Man Down – A Coen-Esque Dramedy

Blow the Man Down, hitting Amazon Prime Video this weekend, is a Coen-esque dramedy from filmmakers Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy. While the film starts out with a group of recurring singers, we learn that Mary Margaret Connolly has recently died.  Her two daughters, Mary Beth (Morgan Saylor) & Priscilla Connolly (Sophie Lowe), are grieving her passing.  Neither one knows what the future may hold.  Their mom didn’t leave them with much unless you count…

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SXSW: An Online Film Festival Isn’t The Same

Some of the suggestions following the cancellation of SXSW this month is to hold an online film festival but there are some problems with this idea. While the headlining films will survive the SXSW cancellation, make no mistake that they would have benefited from the marketing that comes with playing SXSW.  These films are also secure in having a distributor and a release date.  Other films aren’t so lucky. There have been a few suggestions…

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Hunters: This Series Isn’t For Everyone

Amazon’s newest television series, Hunters, follows a team of Nazi Hunters–led by Meyer Offerman–living in New York City in 1977. To say that the first half of the series didn’t sit well with me would not be an understatement.  The tone is somewhere closer to Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds than Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List.  Don’t even think about comparisons to Best Picture nominee Jojo Rabbit because the two couldn’t be more different in tone. Where…

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 2 Brings Laughs

As the period comedy returns for a second season on Amazon Prime, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel brings the funny with a superb performance from Rachel Brosnahan. Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) isn’t afraid of telling it like it is.  This is never more true than in the season’s second episode.  While there men have made the argument that women aren’t funny, Midge turns this idea on its head.  In telling the bunt truth–even in a…

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The Big Picture by Ben Fritz: A Must-Read Book

The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies by Ben Fritz likens the current era of Hollywood to the end of silent film and the studio system. The minute that Netflix decided to pursue original content is the moment that changed things.  For better or worse, Netflix is a player and they’re far from the only content provider from the streaming world.  They’re joined by both Amazon and Hulu as well.  When we…

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A $30 Movie Rental Service is On the Way

A $30 movie rental service is expected to be released in 2018, reports The Hollywood Reporter. According to the report, both Comcast and Amazon have joined Apple in helping to develop a system that will deliver premium VOD titles to be viewed in home for just 30-45 days after they are released in theaters.  It has the potential to be more expensive to rent the movies than it would be to see them in theaters…

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