The satire holds up ten years later in revisiting the long overdue 2013 Anchorman sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Nine years was a very long time to wait for the Channel 4 News Team to reunite but it was worth it. The first film became such a quotable classic that they had to wait for the right story to come together. When it comes to any sequel, filmmakers know that they cannot screw it…"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Is Still Funny at 10 Years Old"
Dave Chappelle got both transphobic and antisemitic in The Closer in 2021 but the transphobia continues on Netflix with The Dreamer. The Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC should be ashamed of playing host to transphobia. As should Netflix but we all know that Ted Sarandos is seemingly fine with giving his star comedian a free pass. There is no place for hate speech in comedy. Not now. Not ever. Netflix, enough is enough. Please do…"Dave Chappelle Gets Transphobic On Netflix in The Dreamer"
The Oscar-winning Her remains a beautiful masterpiece as the film reached the tenth anniversary of its theatrical release. Her falls under sci-fi but just barely. It’s more of a romantic drama if you ask me, much in the same way that Star Wars is a Space Western. The only thing that’s sci-fi about it is if someone were to fall in love with their phone’s operating system. Siri, Alexa, are you listening?!? Regardless, filmmaker Spike…"Her Is Still A Beautiful Masterpiece"
When Blackfish was released in theaters back in 2013, it would forever change how people viewed SeaWorld and the park’s legacy. I still remember my experience of watching this film for the first time in August 2013. That this film had an impact on me in the way it did is a testament to my love of orcas. I’ve been a fan of the majestic creatures that we call killer whales since watching the Free…"Blackfish: The Documentary That Redefined The SeaWorld Legacy"
When Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring made its way into theaters in summer 2013, it had already been preceded by a Lifetime movie. I went into this anniversary (six months late) not knowing how I would feel about it all these years later. On the one hand, Coppola is a brilliant filmmaker, having won an Oscar for Lost in Translation. And yet, watching years later, it doesn’t really work for me. While it premiered at…"The Bling Ring: Emma Watson Can’t Save the Film"
The Coen Brothers transport us back in time to the 1960s folk music scene in their 2013 smart and funny masterpiece, Inside Llewyn Davis. I’m writing this review while listening to the Cannes press conference following the film’s premiere in May 2013. Not that it has anything to do with the film–other then the Coens being Jewish–but there was a question from a German TV reporter about humor in Germany and whether it was German…"Inside Llewyn Davis: Another Coen Brothers Masterpiece"
A Bronx Tale celebrated its 30th anniversary this year with a special screening during the Tribeca Film Festival and a 4K Ultra HD release. The film follows MTA bus driver Lorenzo (Robert De Niro) in his efforts to protect his son, C (Francis Capra at 9, Lillo Brancato at 17), from mob boss Sonny (Chazz Palminteri). During his childhood, C witnesses Sonny kill and shoot a man but later stays quiet when the cops question…"A Bronx Tale Gets 4K UHD for 30th Anniversary"
The Criterion Collection released Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets in 4K Ultra HD just in time for the film’s 50th anniversary. Martin Scorsese made two feature films before this one but Mean Streets would really be the one that placed him on the map. It would also become an influential film in American indie film canon and inspire a number of filmmakers. That being said, it’s not unfair to say that Mean Streets took some time…"Mean Streets Gets Criterion Collection 4K UHD"
Short Term 12 remains one of the best films of 2013 and it was wrongfully snubbed of Oscar nominations, especially Brie Larson’s performance. I was late to watching Short Term 12 because the indie film was too small to open in my hometown. Despite winning major audience and jury awards at SXSW in 2013, it didn’t do much business at the box office. The film opened with a platform release, expanding to 75 theaters at…"Short Term 12 Is Still A Masterpiece"
The Heat, which marked its tenth anniversary in June, changes up the buddy cop comedy genre by having two female leads. Paul Feig does a fantastic job at directing Katie Dippold’s first produced screenplay. This is a very funny screenplay that is made funnier by what Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy bring to the film. The two actresses built their characters from the ground up to where they have perfect chemistry going into production. Anyway,…"The Heat: Buddy Cop Comedy at 10"