Directed by Dave Franco — Screenplay by Dave Franco and Alison Brie.
Somebody I Used to Know is Dave Franco’s second film as a director. The actor-turned-filmmaker has teamed up with his wife (and co-writer) Alison Brie, of Community, Mad Men, and GLOW fame, to make a modern romantic comedy with an indie look and references that make it clear that the filmmakers behind Somebody I Used to Know are fully aware of the films they’re aping. The film isn’t merely derivative; you know where it’s going almost from the minute the premise has been introduced to you.
In this edition of my recurring movie and television catch-up article series titled ‘Additional Bite-Sized Reviews,’ I take a look at one of the start of the year’s best shows, and I also give you my thoughts on a (currently) Oscar-nominated film. So, get comfortable, and get ready to read my thoughts on things like Apple TV+’s latest gem and the film that very well could earn Jessica Chastain her first Academy Award tonight.
The following is a review of 6 Underground — Directed by Michael Bay.
If you think the Netflix film-catalog merely consists of Oscar bait and shoddy romantic-comedies, then Michael Bay’s 6 Underground is here to disprove that notion. While Netflix is releasing this year’s batch of awards-worthy dramas — like Marriage Story and The Irishman — they also have their complete antithesis, 6 Underground, ready for quick consumption. Its star, Ryan Reynolds, has been seen in marketing describing the film as the ‘most Michael Bay movie in the history of Michael Bay,’ thus promising an explosion-heavy, no-holds-barred modern action movie from one of the most commercially successful filmmakers in history. Reynolds’ description is apt, however, 6 Underground just isn’t a very good movie. Continue reading “REVIEW: 6 Underground (2019)”→
The following is a quick review of the Netflix Original Series Easy.
Easy is the newest Netflix original series to binge-watch, and it comes from mumblecore filmmaker Joe Swanberg, who is known best for his 2013 relationship-drama Drinking Buddies starring Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde, and Anna Kendrick. Continue reading “REVIEW: Easy – Season One (2016)”→
The following is a review of Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, also known as ‘Bad Neighbours 2’ internationally.
I’ve been cautiously excited for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising ever since I first heard about it. Neighbors was such a surprise hit in 2014, I thought it was so much fun. But time and time again we see bad comedy sequels. Neighbors 2 definitely isn’t bad, and it is worth seeing for fans of the first film, but the theatrical release version of Neighbors 2 wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be. Continue reading “REVIEW: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)”→
The following is a review of Neighbors, also known as ‘Bad Neighbours’ internationally.
In Neighbors, Mac (played by Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (played by Rose Byrne) are trying to deal with life’s newest challenge for them: parenthood. But the Radners have also realized that parenthood may mean that they have to leave their old lifestyle behind. One day, they notice that someone is moving in next door, but soon learn that their new neighbor is a fraternity. Continue reading “REVIEW: Neighbors (2014)”→