REVIEW: Booksmart (2019)

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The following is a review of Booksmart — Directed by Olivia Wilde.

Before I saw Booksmart, it had been impossible for me to avoid the online bombardment of incessant comparisons between Booksmart and Superbad. The comparison made sense, even when I hadn’t seen the film. This is a coming-of-age film about two best friends who want to have a good time before they leave for college. Also, one of the two leads in Booksmart is Superbad-star Jonah Hill’s sibling Beanie Feldstein. Having now seen Olivia Wilde’s directorial feature debut, I have to admit that it would be wrong to say that it isn’t very similar to Superbad. Thankfully, though, I grew up with Superbad. I love Superbad. So it pleases me to say that any comparison to Superbad is by no means meant to be anything other than a compliment of the highest order. Booksmart is a modern, sweet, and gender-swapped, next-generation version of Superbad and I loved every minute of it. Continue reading “REVIEW: Booksmart (2019)”

REVIEW: Next Gen (2018)

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The following is a review of Netflix’s Next Gen — Directed by Kevin R. Adams & Joe Ksander.

You may be surprised when the first acting credit that pops on the screen in the relatively unpromoted Netflix animated film Next Gen is that of actor-director John Krasinski. At the very least, I was surprised to see names like Krasinski’s, but also other actors like Jason Sudeikis and Michael Peña. You start to ask yourself how this animated movie had managed to go relatively unnoticed with those names attached to it, and then you hope that you’ve found a new hidden gem. Next Gen isn’t quite that good, but I did enjoy it for what it was. Continue reading “REVIEW: Next Gen (2018)”

REVIEW: Kodachrome (2018)

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The following is a review of Kodachrome — Directed by Mark Raso.

Kodachrome is a road trip drama film based on a New York Times-article. The film follows record executive Matt Ryder (played by Jason Sudeikis) who has fallen out of favor with his boss, but to keep his job Matt has promised his boss that he will manage to sign the band Spare Sevens, even though that is probably never happening. Continue reading “REVIEW: Kodachrome (2018)”

REVIEW: The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

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Release Poster – Columbia Pictures

The following is a quick review of Columbia Pictures’ The Angry Birds Movie.

In The Angry Birds Movie, Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) – a red angry bird – is sentenced to anger management after his temper ruins a birthday party. At anger management class, Red meets Chuck (voiced by Josh Gad) – a yellow fast angry bird – and Bomb (voiced by Danny McBride) – a black angry bird that can blow itself up.

When a group of pigs suddenly arrive on Bird Island, Red, Chuck, and Bomb board the pig ship only to discover that the pigs plan to colonize the island. Now, their anger is all that can save the inhabitants of Bird Island from the deceitful newcomers.

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