The following is a review of Irreplaceable You — Directed by Stephanie Laing.
Cancer movies are a dime a dozen, which isn’t to say that I dislike these films. I’m a sucker for films like A Walk to Remember and 50/50, the latter of which I believe is actually a masterpiece — but I digress. What I am saying is that there are a lot of these films, so when you encounter a new one, it has to really stand out to be worthwhile. Netflix just released the feature film directorial debut for Stephanie Laing, who has previously worked on shows like Veep and Vice Principals. Laing’s first film, unfortunately, does not manage to stand out at all. (more…)
Who will win? Who will lose? I love the BAFTA Film Awards. They tend to provide a ‘second opinion’ than the Oscars, and it is always fascinating to see where they differ. Today the award winners are being announced, so let’s do some last minute predictions! (more…)
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The following is a review of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther — Directed by Ryan Coogler.
We’ve seen plenty of superhero films before. We’ve seen superhero films with social commentary before. We’ve had people of color as the leads of comic book films before — you need only look at the forgotten Blade-trilogy, which definitely deserves a rewatch, to figure that out. (more…)
The following is a review of Seeing Allred — A Netflix Documentary.
I’ll be honest with you, I was not at all that familiar with Gloria Allred before I saw this documentary. Sure, I had seen her referenced in stuff like South Park or The Simpsons, and I remember the Gloria Allred scene in Jerry Zucker’s Rat Race. But that was pretty much it. This Netflix documentary definitely filled in some gaps, for me, but it still somehow feels incomplete. (more…)
The following is a review of Netflix’s When We First Met — Directed by Ari Sandel.
When We First Met is a romantic comedy from Oscar-winner Ari Sandel (having won that award for a live-action short), which is basically a mixture of Harold Ramis’ Groundhog Day and Richard Curtis’ About Time that is so predictable that it becomes a waste of time to watch, in spite of it not being as bad as one might’ve feared. (more…)
This month Box Office Predictions is all about the next big event movie — Marvel Studios’ Black Panther — which has followed in the footsteps of 2016’s Deadpool by opening in early February. Will it be as big of a success as the Merc with a Mouth’s first film was? Let’s talk about it. (more…)
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The following is a review of Call Me By Your Name — Directed by Luca Guadagnino.
A film as a work of art is a an attempt. It is a risk, but it is a risk that you need to take. Actress and filmmaker Jodie Foster recently said that, for her, filmmaking was about figuring out your place in the world, or, simply, about evolving as a person. In reference to this film, one might say that becoming a filmmaker is choosing to speak. (more…)