Like Father: A Charming Father-Daughter Comedy

Lauren Miller Rogen’s charming feature comedy, Like Father, is elevated by the chemistry between Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer. The workaholic that she is, Rachel Hamilton (Kristen Bell) was nowhere near ready to walk down the aisle for her wedding.  I don’t mean that in getting cold feet.  Her phone almost never leaves her hands or ear because there’s always work to be done!  When her fiance, Owen (Jon Foster), leaves her at the altar,…

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Girl: Cisgender Male wins award for Transgender Role at Cannes

Girl, since acquired by Netflix, has taken home not one but two awards at Cannes.  It’s frustrating to see this film take home any award.  The practice of Transface–casting cisgender people in transgender roles–is a practice that seriously needs to come to an end.  It’s no different than the casting of white people and making them up to appear as people of color.  If you wouldn’t cast someone in Blackface, don’t bother casting in Transface! …

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Tribeca 2018: Bobby Kennedy for President

Bobby Kennedy for President is a stark reminder of what the world lost when Senator Robert Kennedy was killed in June 1968. The documentary comes on the heels of the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s presidential run.  It was a presidential campaign that, while shy of 90 days, would change a nation for better or worse.  With the ongoing Vietnam War, there was a lot of conflict within the Democratic Party.  RFK was running a campaign…

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The Cloverfield Paradox Is Not The Event Film We Wanted

Despite taking the world by surprise when Netflix announced to the world that the film would be released immediately after the Super Bowl, The Cloverfield Paradox is not the event film that streaming provider thought they were getting.  Instead, it was worse–way worse.  It’s a bad sign for a film when it struggles to not only keep one awake but make them want to gouge their eyes out while watching. Directed by Julius Onah from…

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One Of Us: Ex-Chasidic Documentary is Heartbreaking, Devastating

One of Us is a heartbreaking and devastating documentary that takes a look at three people who made the decision to leave their Chasidic communities. Documentary filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady follow three ex-Chasidic Jews over the course of three years.  With their access over that time span, they give us a glimpse at Chasidic Judaism that many communities are not going to be happy with.  Not with the amount of abuse that’s been covered…

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The Meyerowitz Stories: A Typical Dysfunctional Jewish Family

Netflix’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is the dysfunctional Jewish family that This Is Where I Leave You wanted to be. Written and directed by Noah Baumbach, the film stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson.  Judd Hirsch, Rebecca Miller, Adam Driver, Matthew Shear, and Candice Bergen co-star. Baumbach has given us some very strong films before and The Meyerowitz Stories is no exception. It’s his…

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Jerry Before Seinfeld: The Comic is As Funny As Ever in Netflix Special

Jerry Seinfeld is as funny and observant as ever in Jerry Before Seinfeld, his first stand-up comedy special for Netflix. Before Jerry Seinfeld hit national fame by way of his appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on May 6, 1981, he could be seen performing in comedy clubs.  Jerry Before Seinfeld takes the comic back to The Comic Strip, where he first started performing in the mid-1970s.  It’s a change of pace from…

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David Letterman moves to Netflix

Former Late Show host David Letterman is making the move to Netflix, Netflix announced this morning. What we currently know about the unnamed series is that it will run for six episodes.  Letterman will utilize two of his strengths: in-depth conversations and in-the-field segments.  The conversations will be longform.  It is unknown at this time whether or not there will be an audience. “I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for…

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Netflix acquires comic writer Mark Millar’s Millarworld

Netflix announced today that it has acquired Millarworld, Mark Millar’s comic book publishing company. Millar previously created (with other artists) Wanted, Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Old Man Logan, to name a few.  He’s one of the most popular comic book writers out there along with Brian Michael Bendis, etc. The acquisition is the first of any publishing company by Netflix.  In many ways, this gives Netflix the first-look to adapt anything that’s been or will be…

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The Incredible Jessica James is innovative, genuine

Releasing on Netflix this week, The Incredible Jessica James is one of the best comedies that I’ve seen this year. Written and directed by Jim Strouse, the comedy stars Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, Lakeith Stanfield and Noël Wells.  Zabryna Guevera, Taliyah Whitaker, Sarah Jones, Will Stephen, Susan Heyward, and Megan Ketch also star. Jessica Williams, The Daily Show alumnus, breaks out in her role as Jessica James, a young playwright in New York City.  At…

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