REVIEW: Palmer (2021)

Justin Timberlake and Ryder Allen in “Palmer,” now streaming on Apple TV+. — Photo: Apple Original Films / Apple TV+.

Directed by Fisher Stevens — Screenplay by Cheryl Guerriero.

Fisher Stevens’ Palmer follows Eddie Palmer (the titular character played by Justin Timberlake), a former high school football star, who was just released from prison. Eddie goes to live with his grandmother, Vivian (played by June Squibb), and soon he seeks out a job as a janitor at a local school. Vivian tends to watch over their young neighbor, Sam (played by Ryder Allen). Sam, a flamboyant young boy who likes to play with dolls, is soon left with no guardian in sight when Vivian passes away and his mother, Shelly (played by Juno Temple), leaves town. Though he is initially reluctant, Eddie decides to do the right thing and become the temporary guardian for a young boy who keeps on challenging Palmer’s own prejudices. Continue reading “REVIEW: Palmer (2021)”

REVIEW: Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017 – Documentary)

Movie Poster - HBO
Movie Poster – HBO

The following is a review of Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds – Directed by Alexis Bloom & Fisher Stevens.

At the time of writing, it’s been just a week since the world lost two film icons – Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds. Now, HBO decided to release this documentary two months earlier than they had originally planned, and I’m sure a lot of people will think that HBO is just trying to capitalize on the situation.

That may, indeed, be what they wanted to do, but I’m not sure that’s really all that important to discuss. I think a lot of people needed this documentary right now – I really did – to spend 90 minutes longer with icons and role models we were all devastated to lose. Continue reading “REVIEW: Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017 – Documentary)”