Netflix: Coming and Leaving in May

Netflix announce the list of narrative films, documentaries, and television series that are either coming to or leaving the service in May. Coming Soon Blood & Water — NETFLIX ORIGINAL A 16-year-old gets herself transferred to the same high school as a girl whom she suspects is her sister, who was kidnapped at birth 17 years earlier. Kenny Sebastian: The Most Interesting Person in the Room — NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL Fusing his musical and comedy…

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#BlackAF Has A Jewish Problem

One of the most notable problems that comes with the series premiere of #BlackAF is that the series has a major Jewish problem. The problem with the series premiere comes late in the episode–just around the 7:38 mark. It’s when Kenya and Joya Barris (Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones) are having a conversation with Kenya’s assistant, Danny (Gil Ozeri). At first, the conversation deals with sweatsuits and then it evolves Kenya pointing out to his…

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Love Wedding Repeat Has Its Moments

Love Wedding Repeat probably isn’t the wedding that you want to RSVP yes to but the film certainly has its moments throughout. We all could use a comedy right now.  I’m not going to go after this film too because the cast is giving it their all.  It certainly has its moments, of course.  Not many moments–to be fair–but they are there.  You just have to look hard enough.  Granted, some of these moments are…

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SXSW: An Online Film Festival Isn’t The Same

Some of the suggestions following the cancellation of SXSW this month is to hold an online film festival but there are some problems with this idea. While the headlining films will survive the SXSW cancellation, make no mistake that they would have benefited from the marketing that comes with playing SXSW.  These films are also secure in having a distributor and a release date.  Other films aren’t so lucky. There have been a few suggestions…

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Spenser Confidential Shows A New Boston

Spenser Confidential puts the city of Boston front and center while taking its inspiration from Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland. There’s something in seeing a Mark Wahlberg action film debut not in cinemas but on Netflix.  It’s just a little bit weird to be watching a Wahlberg film for the first time on TV during opening weekend.  But hey, this is the world we’re currently living in so we may as well start getting used to…

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Sundance 2020: Crip Camp

Crip Camp is more than just a documentary on Camp Jened but a film about the drive to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act. I’m going to cut straight to the point here.  Jimmy Carter’s presidential administration is not painted in a good light here.  In fact, this film will only lead to angry feelings at Carter’s administration for what they didn’t do.  No, the anger doesn’t go away.  The George H.W. Bush admistration would…

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Sundance 2020: Miss Americana

Miss Americana presents a very open look at singer-songwriter Taylor Swift with raw conversations and new insight into Swift as a person. Taylor Swift is one of the most popular singers in the world.  It’s no surprise that a documentary starring Swift would premiere on opening night at Sundance.  However, audiences were allowed into see a side of Swift that we don’t usually see on social media or her TV appearances.  Here’s a musician who…

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Paul McCartney: High In The Clouds to Netflix

Paul McCartney, one of the greatest musicians of all-time, is heading to Netflix for an animated film, High In The Clouds, based on his book. McCartney co-wrote the children’s adventure novel with with Geoff Dunbar and Philip Ardagh.  Oscar-nominated Timothy Reckart will take care of directing duties while Paddington screenwriter Jon Croker will adapt the screenplay.  Netflix and Gaumont are producing the animated film. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Netflix.  They complement what…

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The Two Popes: Tradition vs. Reform

The Two Popes takes a look at tradition verses reform in this look at the differences in approach from Popes Benedict XVI and Francis. This is a film that features top-notch acting performances from both Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce.  Even for a Jewish person such as myself, I didn’t feel that this was a film looking to teach us about religion.  Instead, it’s an examination of two people with a differing approach to issues…

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Cinema: Martin Scorsese, Marvel, and Indie Film

Marvel Studios is not to blame for the changing cinema landscape but there is certainly a problem with the current way in which we view movies. Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese has made some interesting comments while promoting The Irishman.  Other filmmakers came to his defense when it came to what is and isn’t cinema.  Some other filmmakers decided to call him out.  It wasn’t until he expanded on his comments in the New York Times…

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