Sundance 2020: Tesla

Tesla may not mark the first time that Nikola Tesla’s story has been brought to the screen but it is certainly the most innovative version. There are so many things that a Tesla film could focus on.  However, this one is presented in the most comical fashion.  We get Tesla singing into a microphone!  There’s no denying that Ethan Hawke can sing but it was certainly a surprise.  But on a serious note, the film…

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High Flying Bird: A Sports Film Without Sports

High Flying Bird shows that director Steven Soderbergh isn’t afraid of being an innovative filmmaker even if his retirement was premature. Soderbergh’s new film takes place during a pro basketball lockout.  More on the lockout later.  This is where we find sports agent Ray Burke (André Holland) in quite the pickle.  If the game isn’t in session, he can’t quite bring in the money to fund his career.  So he does the next best thing with…

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The House With a Clock in Its Walls hits Blu-ray

Starring Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, and Owen Vaccaro, Eli Roth’s The House With a Clock in Its Walls is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD. I missed this film when it played in theaters mostly because of the Jewish holiday marathon combined with film festival coverage.  While Nathan Barr’s score compliments the film, that’s one of the few positives I have to say about it.  This is the first film to use…

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TIFF 2018: Giant Little Ones

Giant Little Ones captures how high school environments have and haven’t changed in a generation where LGBTQ acceptance is becoming common. Friends since they were young, Franky Winter (Josh Wiggins) and Ballas Kohl (Darren Mann) have been able to lead similar lives.  They’re popular in high school and both are members of the swim team.  On the outside looking in, they appear to be popular with the girls.  All of this changes when Franky celebrates…

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