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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A Vigilante: A Career-Best for Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde manages to deliver a career-best performance in Sarah Daggar Nickson’s recently released revenge thriller, A Vigilante. The film premiered during the 2018 SXSW Film Festival and I regret that it wasn’t on my radar last year.  Anyway, Wilde is excellent in the film as Sadie.  It’s a phenomenal performance that’s only aided by the camerawork in the film.  It’s certainly a nice one-two combo when everything comes together. The gist of the film…

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Booksmart: See It In Theaters

I instantly fell in love with the Olivia Wilde-directorial debut when I first saw Booksmart during the SXSW world premiere. It should come as no surprise that I decided to see the film a second time during one of the Chicago press screenings.  The jokes held up upon second viewing and reinforced my love for this film.  I already made the decision that I would be returning for a third round over the long Memorial…

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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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Life Itself: A Tonally Uneven Mess

Despite the best efforts from a star-studded cast, Life Itself is a tonally uneven mess in spite of all the hype going into the film. Given the positive reception of the This is Us on NBC, it’s surprising to believe that Dan Fogelman could follow it up with such a dud.  This film is all over the place.  Seriously. The first hour of the film is New York-centered because if you don’t live in New…

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