Sunshine Cleaning marks its 15th anniversary since holding its world premiere during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The film’s premiere came on January 18 at the Racquet Club theater. If the venue name does not sound familiar, you probably know it by its new name: Park City Municipal Area Recreation Center (MARC). In any event, I never had the opportunity to check out the film in theaters, only on home video. While it plays beautifully…"Sunshine Cleaning Marks 15th Anniversary"
Punch-Drunk Love, featuring one of the best Adam Sandler performances, marks the 20th anniversary of its theatrical release in 2002. Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) may be a bachelor and entrepreneur but he suffers from abuse at the hands of his seven sisters. Because of his background, it’s not uncommon for his rage and anxiety to surface. Shortly after we meet him on screen, Barry has an encounter with Lena Leonard (Emily Watson) after she had…"Punch-Drunk Love Marks 20th Anniversary"
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"
Directed by Bob Saget, Benjamin is a dysfunctional family comedy that does its best to tackle the subject of drug addictions. If you’re looking to pay tribute to the late Bob Saget, there are probably better films or TV series to watch. Full House, The Aristocrats, you name it. However, I saw the comedian directed a film a few years ago so I had to watch. It’s not a bad film at all. If you’re…"Benjamin: The Final Bob Saget-Directed Film"
The Tomorrow War might not star Will Smith but this sci-fi action film is in the same vein as previous Independence Day releases. As oddly as it sounds, The Tomorrow War is just the type of escapist entertainment we need coming out on the other side of the pandemic. Time travelers travel back in time from 2051 to disrupt a World Cup soccer game and give Earth an urgent message: a deadly alien species is…"The Tomorrow War Would Make Will Smith Proud"
Dinner in America may be a love letter to the 1990s punk rock scene in the American Midwest but it’s also a surprising love story. After an failing to make money during a medical study , Simon (Kyle Gallner) ends up making a run for it. He ends up with Beth’s (Hannah Marks) family but relations sour with Betty (Lea Thompson) very quickly. A fight ensues and he tries burning the house down. Basically, anything…"Sundance 2020: Dinner in America"
A few eighth graders see their world change in A World Away when an overnight field trip takes them into another dimension. A quick prologue sets the stage for what’s to come before we find ourselves watching an eighth grade graduation. It’s here where Principal Garcia (Mary Lynn Rajskub) invites Thomas Landry (David DeLuise) to the stage for a raffle. A few lucky eighth graders will join him on an overnight trip to the Grand Canyon. …"CIFF 2019: A World Away"