Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre could have been a run-of-the-mill action comedy but the genius comes in casting the film. Plus, Aubrey Plaza steals the show. “Ruse de Guerre” is a term that continually comes up throughout the film. It is a French team meaning an unorthodox approach to warfare. Naturally, he’s the only spy good enough for the job. The fun part in watching the film is that they find the tone early on.…"Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre Is A Fun Time"
Safety Not Guaranteed put Colin Trevorrow on the map and the time travel comedy holds up beautifully on the tenth anniversary. The time travel ad was originally published back in 1997 in Backwoods Home and written by Senior Editor John Silveira. Silveira got over 1000 responses and they were still coming well into the film’s home entertainment release. I’m sure he is probably getting responses today. Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me.…"Safety Not Guaranteed Marks 10th Anniversary"
Aubrey Plaza delivers a career-best performance in Emily the Criminal, which marks the feature directorial debut of John Patton Ford. Ford had been to Sundance some twelve times earlier with a short film. It was fate that his feature directorial debut would debut during the January film festival. However, it’s just unfortunate that said debut was unable to premiere to a packed theater in Park City due to the pandemic. Produced in the heat of…"Emily the Criminal – Sundance 2022"
Happiest Season, featuring a star-studded cast, is the first major LGBTQ studio romantic comedy to be set during the holiday season. There are not that many LGBTQ studio comedies let alone many films set during the holidays. Jenna Laurenzo’s Thanksgiving-set Lez Bomb is among the few films out there. All you have to do is change the holiday but the gist of the film basically remains the same. Kid brings girlfriend home for the holiday…"Happiest Season: A LGBTQ Holiday Rom-Com"
Parks and Recreation actress Aubrey Plaza manages to go for a career-best performance in the Sundance-premiering Black Bear. The lake house-set Black Bear takes us on a wild ride of twists and turns. Don’t worry–the film does deliver on its title by making sure the animal shows up in both parts. There’s no intermission but there is both a part one and part two. By the time that the film finishes, you’re going to need…"Sundance 2020: Black Bear"
Featuring the likes of Aubrey Plaza and Craig Robinson, An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn is the rare miss for some of our favorite comedy stars. Who is Beverly Luff Linn (Craig Robinson)? This is one of the questions that drives the story of the film with posters plastered everywhere. What is it that drives Lulu Danger (Aubrey Plaza) to attend his show? While these questions are good in and of themselves, the film itself simply…"An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn: A Rare Miss"
Ingrid Goes West surprises in a way that you don’t see coming while bringing mental illness to the forefront in this social media-obsessed culture. Directed by Matt Spicer from a screenplay written by David Branson Smith & Spicer, the film stars Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnussen, and Pom Klementieff. Social media isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be and Ingrid Goes West shows us a different take on…"Ingrid Goes West Brings Mental Illness to Forefront in Social Media-Obsessed Culture"
The Little Hours returned to Chicago two months after its appearance in the Chicago Critics Film Festival and is one of the funniest movies of the year. Writer/Director Jeff Baena and star Aubrey Plaza were on hand for a Q&A session at two of screenings this weekend. Written for the screen and directed by Baena, the film stars Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Jemima Kirke,…"The Little Hours: One of The Most Hysterical Films of 2017"