Uncle Frank is a period piece following a closeted gay man who is reluctantly returning home for his father’s funeral and unresolved trauma. While conditions have improved to an extent for the LGBTQ community, things are certainly better than they were in 1973. This is when South Carolinian teenager Beth Bledsoe (Sophia Lillis) heads off to New York University. The move leads to a reunion with literature professor and Beth’s uncle, Frank (Paul Bettany). What…"AFI FEST 2020: Uncle Frank"
With the season 2 finale (“berkman > block) of Barry, the series leaves in a good spot while we wait for the new episodes to return next year on HBO. Barry just finished airing on the east coast. West coast viewers, please wait before reading. While most people are still digesting the Game of Thrones series finale, there’s a dark comedy series ending its second season tonight. Bill Hader is ever the capable triple threat…"Barry: Where do we go after that?"
HBO’s dark comedy, Barry, is able to hit the mark during the sophomore season and the series capably avoids the sophomore slump. I’ve only seen the first three episodes of the season season. While I can’t speak to the rest of the second season, co-creators Alec Berg and Bill Hader have upped the ante on the second season. When we last left our anti-hero, he was in some sort of a personal crisis. Not just any…"Barry: Season 2 Hits The Mark"
The spotlight is on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On the Basis of Sex as the future justice begins her fight against gender discrimination. A lot of what gets covered in this film was also covered in the Solzy Award-winning documentary, RBG. This makes so much of the film feel rather redundant to say the least. I won’t lie in that I questioned why would someone want to watch a biopic when one…"On the Basis of Sex: A Conventional Biopic At Best"
Taking us back to the days of the Old West, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is another classic from the minds of the Coen Brothers. The Western is one of the oldest genres in the book but it always makes for interesting material. Even when we think that every possible scenario has been exhausted, someone comes about with a fresh take. This is what the Coens do and they do it so well, I must…"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: Another Coen Classic"
Saturday Night Live veteran Bill Hader shines in the dark comedy, Barry, airing on HBO. The role is a stark difference from what fans are used to seeing of Hader during his years on the long-running NBC sketch comedy show. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Barry Berkman (Bill Hader), is working as a hitman, where he’s being handled by Fuches (Stephen Root). When the tender Chechen kingpin Goran Pazar (Glenn Fleshler) and…"Barry: Bill Hader Shines in Dark Comedy Series"
Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele, is not a comedy but a psychological thriller that–if anything–delves into satirical territory. The whatever-genre-film-it-is stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield and Catherine Keener. The film kicked off a hell of a year for Caleb Landry Jones, who can also be seen in American Made; The Florida Project; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; and a few episodes of Twin…"Get Out is a Psychological Thriller, not a Comedy"