The Hebrew Hammer Marks 20th Anniversary

The Hebrew Hammer marks its 20th anniversary since the comedy premiered on the mountains at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. I’ll be honest. I’ve been going to Sundance for quite a few years now and couldn’t believe that this film premiered at that same very festival. When I think of Sundance, The Hebrew Hammer is not a film that I think about. And yet, today is the anniversary of its world premiere at the Egypian…

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Reboot: A Genius Hulu Satire From Steven Levitan

Reboot, created by Emmy-winning comedy writer Steven Levitan, is a genius comedy satire that speaks to the differences in generations. While reboots are all the rage, it was only a matter of time before we saw a satire of reboots on television. That’s not to say such a satire hasn’t been done on feature film before–see Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. Creator Steven Levitan takes a sitcom in the vein of Step by Step and…

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Lady of the Manor Now On Blu-ray, DVD

Lady of the Manor, co-written and directed by the Long brothers, is now available for audiences to bring home on Blu-ray and DVD. Solzy at the Movies with Melanie Lynskey last week about the buddy comedy. This feature was one of the final films to start and end principal photography before production shut down across the country in March 2020. The film was previously released on Digital and VOD this past Friday. SYNOPSIS Past and…

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Elizabethtown Arrives On Blu-ray For The First Time

Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown makes its arrival on Blu-ray for the first time as the 14th title of the Paramount Presents line. Last year, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Almost Famous.  This year, it’s the 15th anniversary of the Kentucky set film starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst.  A number of Crowe films have milestone anniversaries in 2021: Jerry Maguire celebrates its 25th anniversary. Vanilla Sky marks its 20th anniversary and the last time Paul…

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AFI FEST 2020: Uncle Frank

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…

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The Descendants: George Clooney’s Career-Best

George Clooney manages to turn in a career-best performance as a father of two daughters in the Hawaiian-set The Descendants. Alexander Payne adapts Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel for the screen in true cinematic fashion.  Because of the whole cheating aspect, this probably isn’t a film that could have been released during the Production Code era.  Regardless, it’s one of my favorite films from 2011.  In a perfect world, George Clooney would have won an Oscar…

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette Brings A Book To Life

Where’d You Go, Bernadette brings the bestselling novel to life in a comedy that ought to remind artists how important it is to create. Bernadette Fox (Cate Blanchett) could have had it all.  Before dropping off the face of the planet, the architect won a MacArthur Grant.  Living in Los Angeles would have been a dream.  Yet she packs it all up to move to Seattle where she now lives with daughter Bee (Emma Nelson)…

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Ant-Man and The Wasp – The Road to Endgame

After the darker Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and The Wasp brings some much-needed comedy to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Scott Lang was nowhere to be seen during Avengers: Infinity War because he was on house arrest.  This came as a result of traveling to Germany during Captain America: Civil War.  Both Hawkeye and Lang had taken deals with the government.  Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) have a stronger father-daughter relationship…

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Ant-Man – The Road to Endgame

Ant-Man largely succeeds as a Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 installment because of the ever-delightful Paul Rudd. By opening the film in 1989 with Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) resigning from SHIELD in protest, Ant-Man declares its position within the MCU.  Outraged by SHIELD’s attempt to replicate the Pym Particle, Pym declares they will never get his formula as long as he lives.  The scene features an on-screen union between Howard Stark (John Slattery) and Peggy Carter…

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Ant-Man and The Wasp Hits Home Video

Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp arrived on home video after this summer’s palette-cleansing theatrical release. There’s a wealth of bonus content available with this fall’s home release.  I prefer holding the physical media in my hands but that’s just me. BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer): Blu-ray & Digital: Director’s Intro by Peyton Reed – The talented creator behind some of Marvel Studios’ funniest and most charming films will invite home audiences deeper into the…

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