Writer-director Joanna Hogg follows up on her critically acclaimed 2019 coming-of-age drama, The Souvenir, with The Souvenir Part II. Julie Harte’s (Honor Swinton Byrne) story continues where it left off in 2019 with Julie seeking to know more about Anthony’s last days. In many ways, the sequel improves on its predecessor. Julie no longer sees the world as she did during the earlier film. She’s changing for better or worse. Like many artists in real…"The Souvenir Part II Continues Where It Left Off"
The French Dispatch, Wes Anderson’s love letter to journalism especially The New Yorker, is a mostly good film that’s well worth the wait. This film is a series of vignettes focusing on a travelogue, art, student protests, and a police kidnapping. The four stories come from the final issue of The French Dispatch, based in the fictional French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé. Outside of the city, nothing ties them together. Together, the vignettes do feature an…"The French Dispatch Is Short of Masterpiece Status"
Marvel Studios’ What If…? takes what we know as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) but delivers the animated action with a twist. The series draws on the Marvel Comics anthology series of the same name. Like the comic series, this is also an anthology series. We revisit key moments of the MCU through the eyes of Marvel newcomer Jeffrey Wright, who voices The Watcher, and see what would happen had characters done A instead of…"What If…?: Animated Series Depicts A Different MCU"
The Personal History of David Copperfield is skipping physical media and is now available to watch through digital retailers. What follows is my review from last year’s world premiere during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival: The Personal History of David Copperfield gives viewers the first adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel in almost 20 years. We first meet David Copperfield (Dev Patel) as an adult before taking a journey with him back to his…"The Personal History of David Copperfield on Digital"
The Coen brothers find a way to mix both political thriller and dark comedy in Burn After Reading to give us a beautiful piece of cinema. Osbourne Cox (John Malkovich) quits his job as a CIA analyst and uses this newfound time to write his memoir. His wife, Katie (Tilda Swinton), sees this and continues having an affair with U.S. Marshal Harry Pfarrer (George Clooney). It feels like everybody is having an affair as we…"Burn After Reading: A Comedic Political Thriller"
Michael Clayton is a legal suspense thriller that manages to get our attention from the very moment that the picture appears on the screen. Michael Clayton (George Clooney) has a lot of issues here that seem to take him in every which direction. For one, one of his co-workers, Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson) has suffered a breakdown. The other thing going on here is that an agricultural conglomerate client–U-North–is on the opposite end of a…"Michael Clayton Still Holds Up"
The Personal History of David Copperfield gives viewers the first adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel in almost 20 years. We first meet David Copperfield (Dev Patel) as an adult before taking a journey with him back to his childhood. Sometime after being born in the Rookery to Clara (Morfydd Clark), the young Copperfield finds himself living in the least traditional of places, an upside down boat on the beach. It’s here where he lives…"Toronto 2019: The Personal History of David Copperfield"
Joanna Hogg’s Oscar hopeful, The Souvenir, starring Honor Swinton Byrne is now available for viewers to watch at home on Blu-ray and DVD. The film, released by A24, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January where it took home the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic. As I wrote in my review upon the film’s theatrical release, Byrne delivers a breakout performance. It is a known fact that female filmmakers don’t get enough recognition…"The Souvenir: Oscar hopeful arrives on Blu-ray, DVD"
The Dead Don’t Die may work as a horror comedy but writer-director Jim Jarmusch ultimately aims for both meta and allegorical comedy. “This is going to end badly,” police officer Ronald Peterson (Adam Driver) repeatedly tells police chief Cliff Robertson (Bill Murray). How does Peterson know this? He read the full script. Robertson on the other hand would only receive the pages with his scenes. While the joke may be self-referential, it ultimately pays off. Other…"The Dead Don’t Die Goes Meta"
Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir is a very well made film and make no mistake that we’ll be talking about the indie film during awards season. Aspiring British filmmaker Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne) attends film school in the 1980s while also dealing with boyfriend Anthony (Tom Burke). It’s not the best of relationships to say the least. Perhaps the most comical moment comes when Anthony fights her over their bed space. More fun comes with references…"The Souvenir is A Contender"