REVIEW: Bad Education (2020)

Release Poster – HBO Films

The following is a review of Bad Education — Directed by Cory Finley.

Bad Education is the second film from director Cory Finley (Thoroughbreds), and the HBO Films drama is based on a New York Magazine article written by Robert Kolker about a public school embezzlement scandal that happened back in the 2000s. The film follows Dr. Frank Tassone (played by Hugh Jackman), the superintendent of the Roslyn Union Free School district, and Pam Gluckin (played by Allison Janney), the assistant superintendent. Gluckin and Tassone have achieved great success as a team as is evident by the fact that their district’s public high school is ranked fourth in the nation at the beginning of the film. But, as one student is about to uncover, their successful partnership is built on illegal activities. Continue reading “REVIEW: Bad Education (2020)”

Kevin Spacey: How the Mighty Fall

It really sucks when people whose work you admire turn out to be as awful as the people they portray in film and television. I didn’t write an article on Harvey Weinstein or any of the other men in the film industry, who have now, effectively, been expelled in the wake of their respective scandals. But the fact of the matter is that there is blood in the water, and male celebrities in the media spotlight are, seemingly, being held accountable for these awful actions. Continue reading “Kevin Spacey: How the Mighty Fall”

REVIEW: Weiner (2016 – Documentary)

Theatrical Release Poster - Sundance Selects
Theatrical Release Poster – Sundance Selects

The following is a quick review of Weiner – Directed by Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg.

Anthony Weiner’s career has been really strange, so far. Some ups, but many downs. In Kriegman and Steinberg’s fly-on-the-wall documentary Weiner, we follow Anthony Weiner during his disastrous 2013 mayoral campaign.

At that time, his relationship with Huma Abedin – an aide to Hillary Clinton – was already on the rocks, so to speak, after Weiner tweeted an inappropriate picture, which ended up forcing him to resign as a member of Congress. What’s absolutely fantastic about this documentary, however, is how the 2013 campaign suddenly became a story about another damaging sexting scandal. Continue reading “REVIEW: Weiner (2016 – Documentary)”