Friday, February 12, 2021

Movie Reivew: BAD CUPID (2021)

Love is such a fickle thing in life. Sometimes it fills you with compassion and desire and empathy, while other times it rips you apart, leaving you a pathetic husk of a person. And when that happens, it can take you down a path you never wanted to go and never expected you’d go. This movie showcases that side of love, while still giving the audience a glimmer of hope.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Sundance 2021 Review: JOHN AND THE HOLE (2021)

Throughout the Sundance Film Festival, I have seen some wonderfully beautiful films, some terrible films, some that make you ponder the universe, and some that make you ponder yourself. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve been terrified, and even confused. John and the Hole is one of those films that confused me at first, but then made me think about the world and the people in it. How you just never really know what a person or persons may be dealing with in their own lives, and how the world is full of terrible things, and yet it just keeps on spinning. I’m not sure if the filmmakers meant for these kinds of thoughts to spring up in their audience’s minds, but they did for me.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Sundance 2021 Review: CRYPTOZOO (2021)

The world of animation is typically thought of as a medium for children, yet there are some fantastic adult-oriented films out there, such as Isle of Dogs, Anomalisa, and I Lost My Body. Cryptozoo is a weird, trippy film that truly highlights some of the biggest flaws of the human race, being our greed and fear of the unknown, while also showing that some are just searching for the truth.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Sundance 2021 Review: CENSOR (2021)

When I think of gore in horror, I think of some of the great films from the 70’s and 80’s, like The Evil Dead and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well as lesser known ones like The Prowler and Nightmares in a Damaged Brain. So when I read the synopsis for this film, I instantly starting thinking about how films like those may have an influence on this, and it’s definitely apparent that they were, right from the beginning.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Sundance 2021 Review: CODA (2021)

When I was in college, we were required to take a language credit as one of our core classes. I had taken German in high school, but didn’t really want to take it again. My girlfriend at the time told me she was going to take ASL and suggested I do the same. So I did. And I loved it. It’s a beautiful language and taking those classes provided me with an experience I will never forget, one that opened my eyes to a whole community of amazing, talented people. It’s something that everyone should learn at some point in their life. So when I heard about CODA, I was instantly drawn to it.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Movie Review: IN FULL BLOOM

As a film lover, I’ve dove into pretty much every genre there is - from cheesy rom-coms, to splattergore horror, to existential dramas - but two genres I don’t typically jump to are sports films and foreign language films. Now, that’s not to say I don’t watch them at all, because I do, just not on the level of some of those other genres. I mean, Parasite and Portrait of a Lady on Fire were two of my favorites from last year, but I’m still lacking in my film knowledge in both areas. So when I was offered the chance to watch a screener of this new film called In Full Bloom, I was worried a bit, as it falls into both of those categories.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Movie Review: ONLY (2020)

Pandemic films have been around for years, bringing us hit or miss tellings of a world where some sort of viral outbreak ravages the population. Some take this genre and spin it in the horror direction, as seen in the hundreds, if not thousands, of zombie movies out there, while others take a more realistic approach, like Contagion or the film I’ll be talking about today… ONLY.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Movie Review: THE HALF OF IT (2020)

Bookish introvert Ellie Chu is perfectly content with her life: watching old movies with her widowed father and ghostwriting papers for her high school classmates to help pay the bills. But her side gig turns personal when lovelorn jock Paul Munsky (Daniel Diemer) hires her to craft love notes to Aster Flores (Alexxis Lemire) — a smart, popular girl out of both of their leagues… and Ellie’s own secret crush. Just as the duo’s plan begins to work, a new wrinkle emerges: Ellie and Paul have fallen into a deep friendship neither could have anticipated, giving rise to a surprising love triangle. THE HALF OF IT is a heartfelt comedy-of-errors about searching for perfect love — and finding yourself in the process.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

SXSW 2020 Review: BASIC

Basic is a very, very, very short film about a dumb lil’ ho doing lil’ ho things. It’s a darkish comedy exploring the insecure lil’ ho in all of us.



**Warning: Spoilers Ahead**

This quarantine has left many of us at home looking for the next series to watch. A great series that I found is Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu, which contains some familiar faces, including Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. I first tuned into the series because my favorite actor, Jesse Williams of Grey's Anatomy fame, had a small role in it.  However, I kept watching because of the intelligent dialogue and important social issues it discusses, such as motherhood, racism, premarital sex, and abortion, among others.

SXSW 2020 Review: DADDIO

Daddio is a comedy based on real death events. A year after the passing of their beloved wife and mother, a dad and daughter grapple with life after loss. Daddio is a love story between a father and daughter after the unimaginable has happened.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Trailer for Hulu's UTOPIA FALLS is Officially Here!!

Hundreds of years in the future, in the last living colony on earth, a city called New Babyl, twenty-four teenage candidates are chosen to take part in an annual musical competition known as The Exemplar. For all of them it's a chance to write their names in the history books, but for Aliyah, the independent and adventurous daughter to a city government official, it's the beginning of an incredible adventure. Through the discovery of a mysterious archive, she is exposed to hip-hop, an ancient form of music culture, which will lead her to question everything she has ever known and change her world forever.

‘The Righteous Gemstones’ First Season Hits DVD This April

Danny McBride returns and reunites the creative team behind Vice Principals and Eastbound and Down with HBO’s latest hit comedy The Righteous Gemstones. Ahead of the show’s second season, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is set to release The Righteous Gemstones: The Complete First Season on DVD April 14, 2020 for $24.98 SRP ($29.98 SRP in Canada). The two-disc set features all nine hilarious episodes plus an “Invitation to the Set” bonus feature.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Movie Review: 1917 (Non-Spoiler)

In the art of film, sometimes you come across one that, simply put, takes your breath away.  A film that grabs onto you from the first frame and doesn’t let go, not for one single second, until the credits roll.  Films like these are rare, but when you come across one, it leaves an impression on your soul.  I discovered a film like that today in the form of Sam Mendes’’ new war film, 1917.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Movie Review: INTO THE DARK: POOKA! (2018)

Christmas-themed horror films are nothing new, with recent films like Krampus and Rare Exports gaining a strong following, and classics like the original Black Christmas, which launched the slasher genre of the 1970’s. So it’s no surprise that when Hulu launched their “Into The Dark” anthology film series, which included one new film each month centered around a holiday or significant event during that month, that Christmas would be tackled in December. And that’s where Pooka comes in.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Oscarmetrics Breaks Down The Math of the Biggest Awards Night of the Year

Do you love the Oscars? Do you love trying to predict the winner each year?  Well then I have the book for you!  Oscarmetrics: The Math Behind the Biggest Night in Hollywood takes you through the Academy Awards by way of mathematical statistics and analysis as Ben Zauzmer breaks down each category.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Movie Review: THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 (2019)

Animated movies are ones that, unless they’re from Disney, tend to get overlooked, even if they’re great (**cough** Kubo and the Two Strings **cough**). That seems to be the case here with The Angry Birds Movie 2, the follow-up to the 2016 film based on the popular app game. The first film tells the story of an outcast bird named Red who, with some help, saves Bird Island and all its inhabitants from the invading pigs who want to steal their eggs.  That movie was alright for what it was, not great, but not terrible either.  Kind of forgettable, to be honest. But not part 2... it’s quite the opposite.

Austin’s IDTV Action Fest Awards First-Time Director With Top Award

Dilan Jay, a first-time filmmaker, is making waves coming out of Austin’s Iron Dragon TV Action Fest, by taking home their top award, the “Best Action Film” award, for his film Hollow Point.