REVIEW: On the Rocks (2020)

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Release Poster – Apple TV+ / A24.

Written and Directed by Sofia Coppola (Lost In Translation) — Available on Apple TV+.

As most people know, Sofia Coppola is Hollywood royalty. She made appearances in many of her father’s films, before a less-than-stellar supporting performance in The Godfather Part III led to scathing reviews and, not long thereafter, her acting career was over. But Sofia Coppola is not just Hollywood royalty, she is also a terrific filmmaker. Over the years, she has managed to reinvent herself as a great director and for her second film as a director, 2003’s Lost in Translation, Coppola was allegedly inspired by her own relationship with her ex-husband and filmmaker Spike Jonze (Her). Since Lost in Translation, which I think is a beautiful film (as well as her best), it has been difficult not to look at her films as being directly inspired by her own experiences. When I watched On the Rocks, which, like Lost In Translation, features Bill Murray, I started to think about her relationship with both her father and middle-age. Continue reading “REVIEW: On the Rocks (2020)”

REVIEW: Fifty Shades of Black (2016)

Theatrical Release Poster - Open Road Films
Theatrical Release Poster – Open Road Films

The following is a quick review of Fifty Shades of Black – directed by Michael Tiddes.

Fifty Shades of Black follows Hannah Steale (played by Kali Hawk), a college student, who has been sent to interview the wealthy Christian Black (played by Marlon Wayans). They eventually fall for each other, but it turns out that he’s not the guy she thought he was. So, yeah, this is a parody of Fifty Shades of Grey. Continue reading “REVIEW: Fifty Shades of Black (2016)”