REVIEW: The Half of It (2020)

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The following is a review of The Half of It — Directed by Alice Wu.

Netflix has, in a way, become the home of the teenage coming-of-age romantic-comedy genre. Since they achieved great success with Susan Johnson’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Netflix has been eager to return to that same subgenre and treat their worldwide audience to stories about young Americans finding themselves, discovering their own identities, and expressing their true feelings. Netflix has successfully cornered that market as of late, and their latest teenage romantic-comedy success story comes from filmmaker Alice Wu, whose second feature has finally come out for all to see fifteen years after her directorial debut was originally released. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Half of It (2020)”

REVIEW: To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020)

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The following is a review of To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You — Directed by Michael Fimognari.

Netflix has only released its own films since late 2015, but, just five years later, the streaming service now has what could be a successful film series. 2018’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (from director Susan Johnson) was a surprise romantic-comedy hit that its young target audience ate up. Two years later and we now have its first sequel, Michael Fimognari’s To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You. Continue reading “REVIEW: To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020)”

18 Lessons 2018 Taught Cinephiles and the Film Industry – Special Features #40

That’s right, people, it’s a tradition now. Last year, I wrote an article about the lessons that cineastes and the industry were taught by 2017. So, now, for the second year in a row, I’m ready to present you with a thorough list of the most interesting lessons that we were all taught by cinema, the film industry, or the studio system this year. Continue reading “18 Lessons 2018 Taught Cinephiles and the Film Industry – Special Features #40”

REVIEW: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

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The following is a review of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before — Directed by Susan Johnson.

The quality of Netflix ‘Original Films’ can be inconsistent. More often than not people associate Netflix with great television shows and a wide variety of straight-to-streaming Adam Sandler films. Sure, sometimes Netflix acquires great dramas, but, for the most part, their original film content has a bad reputation.

Interestingly, this year Netflix has started to release some genuinely entertaining romantic-comedies. First, there was the office romance set-up film appropriately titled Set It Up, and, now, they’ve released a young adult romance film that is sure to be a hit with its target audience. Continue reading “REVIEW: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)”