After a love letter to the golden age of musicals with La La Land, Damien Chazelle delivers a love letter to 20s and 30s cinema in Babylon. You’ve never seen a film like Babylon and you’re probably never going to see anything like this epic ever again. What’s there to say about it? The film–over a decade in the making–is the epic tale about Hollywood that we’ve been waiting for and it’s absolutely awesome. There’s…"Babylon: A Love Letter to 20s and 30s Cinema"
Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford team up in Cowboys and Aliens to save the town’s people after they were abducted by aliens. It isn’t often that Harrison Ford teams up with James Bond but he always finds a way to make it count. By this point in his career, it had been just over 20 years since acting alongside Sean Connery in the third Indiana Jones movie. This time around, Ford finds himself with the…"Cowboys and Aliens: A Sci-Fi Western"
How It Ends is the existential comedy-drama (mostly comedy) filmed during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic that I didn’t know I needed. Liza (Zoe Lister-Jones) is on a mission to get to a party before the end of the world. Joining her for the day is her younger self (Cailee Spaeny). Because it is the last day on the planet, people can see her younger self. This film takes place in some sort of metaphysical reality…"Sundance 2021: How It Ends"
Richard Jewell, starring an award-worthy performance from Paul Walter Heuser, is now available for audiences to bring home on Blu-ray and DVD. Though if you’re in the mood to stream the Clint Eastwood film from the comfort of your couch or bed, it’s also on Digital/VOD. Richard Jewell takes us back to the immediate aftermath of the Centennial Park bombing during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Imagine saving the lives of hundreds of people…"Richard Jewell hits Blu-ray, DVD"
Richard Jewell takes us back to the immediate aftermath of the Centennial Park bombing during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Imagine saving the lives of hundreds of people celebrating during a concert. This is what one security guard was doing on a late summer night in July 1996. In spite of this, the FBI saw him as the lead suspect in their case. It would be roughly three months before coming to conclude that…"Richard Jewell Revisits 1996 Atlanta Bombing"
Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart, is now available for viewers to bring home on Blu-ray and DVD. Make no mistake that this film is an instant high school comedy classic. There’s already been a lot to be said about how the film should have been marketed better. I’m not going to get into any of that. What I do hope is that the indie comedy is able to find…"Booksmart arrives on Blu-ray, DVD"
Olivia Wilde manages to deliver a career-best performance in Sarah Daggar Nickson’s recently released revenge thriller, A Vigilante. The film premiered during the 2018 SXSW Film Festival and I regret that it wasn’t on my radar last year. Anyway, Wilde is excellent in the film as Sadie. It’s a phenomenal performance that’s only aided by the camerawork in the film. It’s certainly a nice one-two combo when everything comes together. The gist of the film…"A Vigilante: A Career-Best for Olivia Wilde"
I instantly fell in love with the Olivia Wilde-directorial debut when I first saw Booksmart during the SXSW world premiere. It should come as no surprise that I decided to see the film a second time during one of the Chicago press screenings. The jokes held up upon second viewing and reinforced my love for this film. I already made the decision that I would be returning for a third round over the long Memorial…"Booksmart: See It In Theaters"
With a strong focus on female friendship, Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Booksmart, is the next great classic high school comedy. It’s very easy to see the influence of a filmmaker like Amy Heckerling in watching this film. She’s the filmmaker who directed both Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless. These two films inspired a generation and Booksmart is sure to follow. Both Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) may be best friends but they’re…"SXSW 2019: Booksmart"
Despite the best efforts from a star-studded cast, Life Itself is a tonally uneven mess in spite of all the hype going into the film. Given the positive reception of the This is Us on NBC, it’s surprising to believe that Dan Fogelman could follow it up with such a dud. This film is all over the place. Seriously. The first hour of the film is New York-centered because if you don’t live in New…"Life Itself: A Tonally Uneven Mess"