The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years focuses on the years spent touring on the road during the height of Beatlemania. I’ve been in something of a Beatles kick of late–my flight to LA saw me listening to Pure McCartney while my return trip covered Please Please Me through Rubber Soul or Revolver. I’ll get through the rest of the albums when I fly to NY in December. My review of the…"The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years"
Iliza Schlesinger brings the book tour for All Things Aside: Absolutely Correct Opinions to the Chicago Humanities Festival. The book tour comes as her sixth Netflix stand-up comedy special, Iliza Schlesinger: Hot Forever, was just released on October 11. If you’ve seen her live or watched or previous specials, you certainly know her style. She takes no bullshit in her hyper-relatable storytelling. The Chicago Humanities Festival is hosting her in conversation with local journalist Britt…"Iliza Schlesinger Brings Book Tour to Chicago"
After going all in on gross-out humor in its second act, Triangle of Sadness never recovers in what is one of the weirdest films of 2022. When it comes to Palme d’Or winners, they can be hit or miss. I went into Toronto heavily anticipating the film on the heels of its Cannes award. What I got is, well, I don’t even know how to describe it. It starts out as an outright relationship drama…"Triangle of Sadness – Toronto 2022"
The Toronto International Film Festival announced that Oscar-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes will receive the TIFF Ebert Director Award. TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey made the announcement as the TIFF Tribute Awards presented by BVLGARI will return to an in-person gala fundraiser during the 47th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, September 11 at Fairmont Royal York Hotel. TIFF will be presenting the Canadian Premiere of Mendes’ most recent work Empire of Light, which he wrote, directed, and produced.…"Sam Mendes To Receive TIFF Ebert Director Award – TIFF 2022"
While Obi-Wan Kenobi has featured one reunion between the Jedi Master and Darth Vader, a Star Wars Rebels line leaves some questions. The line in question comes during the second episode of Star Wars Rebels Season 2. In the season premiere, Vader just learned that Anakin Skywalker’s apprentice, Ahsoka Tano, was still alive. This leads the Sith Lord to inform his master, Emperor Palpatine, about the discovery. You can read what you want into it…"Star Wars Rebels, Darth Vader, and Obi-Wan Kenobi"
There was no need for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay to be split into two different films if only to rake in more money at the box office. I’m reviewing both of these films together because I see zero way in which I can review them otherwise. While telling the story in two parts, it is still one comprehensive story. This splitting of films is nothing more than a cash grab no matter how you look…"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and 2"
LGBTQ employees of The Walt Disney Company are staging walkouts in response to recent actions by Disney CEO Bob Chapek. The first of several mini-walkouts during breaks start on March 14. They will all be leading up to a full-stage Disney LGBTQ employee walkout from 8 AM-6 PM on Tuesday, March 22. If you wish to show solidarity, do not watch any feature films or anything on a Disney-owned TV network or streaming service during…"Disney LGBTQ Employees Stage Walkouts"
Over a year after its Sundance premiere, fans can now bring home the award-winning Summer of Soul DVD and Digital. Unfortunately, there is no Blu-ray release. DVD and Digital are the only options for purchase. Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) makes for a rocking good time while revisiting the late 1960s. Please stay through the credits for a clip at the end of the film. A lot was taking place…"Summer of Soul Arrives on DVD and Digital"
Launching on January 28 with its first three episodes, The Afterparty is one of the best new comedy series to arrive this year. My interest is automatically piqued whenever I hear that Phil Lord and Chris Miller are attached to a new project. Knowing their previous work, it also comes with an incredibly high bar of expectations. This comedy series is no exception especially with the talented cast. What I love about it isn’t just…"The Afterparty: One Of The Best New Comedy Series"
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum brings the 1962 stage musical to the screen in the 1966 feature directed by Richard Lester. I spent last night watching the classic musical comedy in honor of Richard Lester’s 90th birthday today. After all, we should pay tribute to them while they are alive instead of waiting until they pass away. I’ve watched a number of Dick Lester’s films recently: A Hard Day’s Night,…"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"