The Broken Hearts Gallery: Viswanathan Is A Star

Geraldine Viswanathan should become a household name following the release of The Broken Hearts Gallery in theaters and later, home video. This time last year, actress Geraldine Viswanathan was honored by the Toronto International Film Festival as a TIFF Rising Star.  This year, the actress makes appearances in both Bad Education and The Broken Hearts Gallery.  One shouldn’t forget previous appearances in Blockers or Hala. A few things to discuss here.  Because of the continuing…

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Outfest 2020: Shiva Baby

Writer-director Emma Seligman‘s stupendous feature debut, Shiva Baby, expands on the 2018 short film in one of the most Jewish films to grace the screen. Shiva is a seven-day mourning period in the Jewish religion.  This period traditionally starts following the burial.  Mourners stay home during this period while family and friends come over to offer condolences.  A minyan will usually gather in the afternoon and evening in order for mourners to recite Mourner’s Kaddish…

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Booksmart arrives on Blu-ray, DVD

Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart, is now available for viewers to bring home on Blu-ray and DVD. Make no mistake that this film is an instant high school comedy classic.  There’s already been a lot to be said about how the film should have been marketed better.  I’m not going to get into any of that.  What I do hope is that the indie comedy is able to find…

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SXSW 2019: Good Boys

Good Boys is a romp of a laugh riot as the film focuses on a trio of prepubescent teenagers who are about to attend their first kissing party. Max (Jacob Tremblay), Thor (Brady Noon), and Lucas (Keith L. Williams) are best friends in sixth grade.  Somewhere along the way, the trio picked up “The Beanbag Boys” and the name stuck.  They aren’t without the typical bullying in school.  Much like other high school films, they’re…

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SXSW 2019: Booksmart

With a strong focus on female friendship, Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Booksmart, is the next great classic high school comedy. It’s very easy to see the influence of a filmmaker like Amy Heckerling in watching this film.  She’s the filmmaker who directed both Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless.  These two films inspired a generation and Booksmart is sure to follow. Both Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) may be best friends but they’re…

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