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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Spenser Confidential Shows A New Boston

Spenser Confidential puts the city of Boston front and center while taking its inspiration from Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland. There’s something in seeing a Mark Wahlberg action film debut not in cinemas but on Netflix.  It’s just a little bit weird to be watching a Wahlberg film for the first time on TV during opening weekend.  But hey, this is the world we’re currently living in so we may as well start getting used to…

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Sundance 2020: Crip Camp

Crip Camp is more than just a documentary on Camp Jened but a film about the drive to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act. I’m going to cut straight to the point here.  Jimmy Carter’s presidential administration is not painted in a good light here.  In fact, this film will only lead to angry feelings at Carter’s administration for what they didn’t do.  No, the anger doesn’t go away.  The George H.W. Bush admistration would…

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Sundance 2020: Miss Americana

Miss Americana presents a very open look at singer-songwriter Taylor Swift with raw conversations and new insight into Swift as a person. Taylor Swift is one of the most popular singers in the world.  It’s no surprise that a documentary starring Swift would premiere on opening night at Sundance.  However, audiences were allowed into see a side of Swift that we don’t usually see on social media or her TV appearances.  Here’s a musician who…

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Paul McCartney: High In The Clouds to Netflix

Paul McCartney, one of the greatest musicians of all-time, is heading to Netflix for an animated film, High In The Clouds, based on his book. McCartney co-wrote the children’s adventure novel with with Geoff Dunbar and Philip Ardagh.  Oscar-nominated Timothy Reckart will take care of directing duties while Paddington screenwriter Jon Croker will adapt the screenplay.  Netflix and Gaumont are producing the animated film. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Netflix.  They complement what…

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The Two Popes: Tradition vs. Reform

The Two Popes takes a look at tradition verses reform in this look at the differences in approach from Popes Benedict XVI and Francis. This is a film that features top-notch acting performances from both Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce.  Even for a Jewish person such as myself, I didn’t feel that this was a film looking to teach us about religion.  Instead, it’s an examination of two people with a differing approach to issues…

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Cinema: Martin Scorsese, Marvel, and Indie Film

Marvel Studios is not to blame for the changing cinema landscape but there is certainly a problem with the current way in which we view movies. Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese has made some interesting comments while promoting The Irishman.  Other filmmakers came to his defense when it came to what is and isn’t cinema.  Some other filmmakers decided to call him out.  It wasn’t until he expanded on his comments in the New York Times…

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The Irishman: Another Martin Scorsese Masterpiece

The Irishman utilizes current de-aging technology but the film is another epic masterpiece in filmmaking from Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Netflix may have released Roma last year but The Irishman is its biggest test yet.  With a legendary filmmaker at the helm, it shows that Netflix isn’t playing around.  Scorsese is a legend in the industry–this goes without saying.  The only question now is will those among the old guard consider this film during awards…

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Dolemite Is My Name: Eddie Murphy Is Back

Eddie Murphy is back in classic form with the release of Dolemite Is My Name whether or not it is intended to serve as a comeback vehicle. What you should probably know going into the film is that Rudy Ray Moore (Eddie Murphy) decided to change up his comedy/music career because of Rico, a homeless man.  When the film starts out, Moore is working at Dolphin’s of Hollywood and begging a DJ (Snoop Dogg) to…

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Between Two Ferns: The Movie Doesn’t Hit The Mark

Between Two Ferns: The Movie stretches out the Funny or Die series into a feature-length film while losing most of the humor in the process. Listen, it gives me no happiness to pan Between Two Ferns: The Movie.  Trust me–panning this film is like a huge punch in the gut.  I have nothing but the greatest respect for all those involved in the production.  Between Two Ferns worked so well online because the interviews were…

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