REVIEW: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

Release Poster – Netflix

The following is a review of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before — Directed by Susan Johnson.

The quality of Netflix ‘Original Films’ can be inconsistent. More often than not people associate Netflix with great television shows and a wide variety of straight-to-streaming Adam Sandler films. Sure, sometimes Netflix acquires great dramas, but, for the most part, their original film content has a bad reputation.

Interestingly, this year Netflix has started to release some genuinely entertaining romantic-comedies. First, there was the office romance set-up film appropriately titled Set It Up, and, now, they’ve released a young adult romance film that is sure to be a hit with its target audience. (more…)

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Black Panther’s Chances at the Oscars – Special Features #28

Last year — in one of the first Special Features-articles — I wrote about Wonder Woman‘s chances at the Oscars, and it was probably that article that made me confident that I could write these types of articles about pretty much any blockbuster film. So, today, I want to continue that trend by writing about another hugely popular superhero film that has broken many box office records and won the hearts of critics and audiences — Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. (more…)

REVIEW: Better Call Saul – “Smoke”

The following is a recap and review of the first episode of the fourth season of Better Call Saul, available on AMC in the U. S. and on Netflix internationally. Expect story spoilers. 

In the first episode of the fourth season — Smoke — Mike (played by Jonathan Banks) goes to work, and the rest of the main characters react to the events of the third season finale. Smoke was written by Peter Gould and directed by Minkie Spiro. (more…)

RETRO REVIEW: Morvern Callar (2002)

Release Poster – Alliance Atlantis / BBC Films

The following is a retro review of Morvern Callar — Directed by Lynne Ramsay.

A funny thing happened a couple of months ago. In March 2018, I saw Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here in a small theater that, honestly, looked more like a little kiosk. It was the first Lynne Ramsay film that I had ever seen, and, when the film was over and I got out of the empty movie theater room, I realized that I had just watched a film by someone who had a great understanding of the medium.  (more…)

Did The Academy Just Ruin the Oscars Ceremony? – Special Features #27

I imagine that AMPAS President John Bailey is currently doing his best Gob Bluth impression in his living room and saying “I’ve made a huge mistake.” Cut to black, roll credits, and play Simon & Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence, because the fact of the matter is that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just made a lot of people mad. (more…)

REVIEW: Better Call Saul – “Lantern”

The following is a recap and review of the final episode of the third season of Better Call Saul, available on AMC in the U. S. and on Netflix internationally. Expect story spoilers. 

In the final episode of the third season — Lantern — Jimmy (played by Bob Odenkirk) tries to fix things, Nacho (played by Michael Mando) introduces Hector Salamanca to his father, and Hamlin makes Chuck an offer. Lantern was written by Gennifer Hutchison and directed by Peter Gould. (more…)

REVIEW: Better Call Saul – “Fall”

The following is a recap of the ninth episode of the third season of Better Call Saul, available on AMC in the U. S. and on Netflix internationally. Expect story spoilers. 

In the ninth episode of the third season — Fall — Jimmy goes too far, and Chuck learns that his future at HHM is in jeopardy. Fall was written by Gordon Smith and directed by Minkie Spiro. (more…)