Lucky is a Sharp & Surreal Horror Film That Speaks Terrifying Social Truths (Review)

Lucky is a Sharp & Surreal Horror Film That Speaks Terrifying Social Truths (Review)

If there’s any niche of the film industry that rising filmmakers commonly break into, it’s the horror genre, and Iranian-American director Natasha Kermani should do just that in her second feature film, Lucky. Together, she and writer-lead actress Brea Grant have crafted a darkly funny but terrifying truthful film about the horrors women face on a daily basis, and the film presents these truths in captivating fashion through a surreal tone, a creative script, incredible visuals and Grant’s standout lead performance.  Read more

‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ is One of the Best Disney Animated Movies in Years (Review)

‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ is One of the Best Disney Animated Movies in Years (Review)

As the pandemic continues to linger, the state of seeing big releases in movie theaters remains in purgatory. COVID-19 case numbers are going down, seemingly causing box office numbers to go up to the point that theaters are beginning to show signs of a pulse, albeit not a strong one. Studios are still keeping a close eye on the pandemic on a week-to-week basis with movie dates changing at a moderate pace. When we will see blockbuster movies exclusively on the big screen rather than accompanied by  same-day releases on streaming services at no extra cost (like Warner Brothers and HBO Max), nobody knows. But Disney, as they did with their Mulan remake, is dropping Raya and the Last Dragon not only in theaters, but also on Premier Access on Disney+ this Friday for $30, giving families the option to watch it at home. Not only is Raya and the Last Dragon the first great movie of 2021, but it’s also one of the best animated movies from Disney in recent memory. 

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‘Cherry’ is a Sour, Over-Bloated Odyssey from The Russo Brothers (Review)

‘Cherry’ is a Sour, Over-Bloated Odyssey from The Russo Brothers (Review)

The Russo Brothers, Anthony and Joe, are some of the best filmmakers in the business right now. Aside from helping shape the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the past decade, they also have their hands on several other interesting projects both in television and film that are enjoyable or well-respected. I’ve certainly been curious to see what this brotherly duo would do as directors post-Avengers: Endgame (and especially something that’s not superhero related). And with Cherry being their first directorial project since then, it is certainly something outside of their box and unlike anything we’ve seen them make before. However, the results in this odyssey are disastrous.

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Minari is a Lovely & Intimate Look at an Asian Family’s Pursuit of The American Dream (Review)

Minari is a Lovely & Intimate Look at an Asian Family’s Pursuit of The American Dream (Review)

Lee Isaac Chung’s directorial debut film Minari is getting buzz in multiple categories at the Academy Awards this year, and upon first watch, it’s easy to see why it’s worthy of all the accolades it’s sure to receive. The film dedicates itself to depicting both an Asian-American experience and the trials of life on farmland in the deep South through an authentic, heartfelt script, grounded, realistic performances from its ensemble cast, and a feel that’s as gorgeous aurally as it is visually. Read more

‘Nomadland’ is Simplistic, Poetic and One of 2020’s Best Films (Review)

‘Nomadland’ is Simplistic, Poetic and One of 2020’s Best Films (Review)

There are certain low-budget indie movies that come out every year that are absolute must-sees. Its looks like in 2020, Nomadland is 100% that movie. There is something captivating and beautiful about a movie that feels so human and genuine. Nomadland is captivating within the first few minutes because it doesn’t even feel like a movie; It feels like as the viewer, you’re a fly on the wall during an actual person’s life. That is very hard to pull off, so props to director/writer Chloe Zhao for achieving that. Read more

‘Malcolm & Marie’ is an Acting Showcase that Gets Under Your Skin (Review)

‘Malcolm & Marie’ is an Acting Showcase that Gets Under Your Skin (Review)

If you had guessed that a grainy black and white film with a scene involving macaroni and cheese would eventually sell for $30 million during the middle of a pandemic, please reach out to me to collect your prize. Conceived and shot during the middle of the pandemic, Malcom & Marie is another drama you can file under “a story that entirely takes place in one setting with no more than two actors that appear on screen.” Approved by multiple organizations that greenlight the shooting of films, the production was scaled back in order to follow COVID-19 protocols. While the production itself may be more fascinating than the film itself when it’s all said and done, Malcolm & Marie is still a drama worth sitting through. Sure, it may not be the awards contender Netflix was hoping it would be, but it’s still a fine film with two great performances from two actors who are currently on hot trails in Hollywood. 

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Top 20 TV Shows of 2020 Feat. GANGS OF LONDON, DAVE & THE BOYS

Top 20 TV Shows of 2020 Feat. GANGS OF LONDON, DAVE & THE BOYS

Gangs of London, from the creator of THE RAID films, THE BOYS, from the man who made PREACHER and DAVE, from the rapper LIL’ DICKY. The list goes on and on, but 2020 Television may have saved us. Here are my favorites:        Read more

Poignant ‘Soul’ is Top-Tier Pixar (Review)

Poignant ‘Soul’ is Top-Tier Pixar (Review)

We all have dreams growing up as children. For me, I always wanted to be a major league baseball player. However, our life’s purpose eventually collides with our dreams. Sometimes, children’s dreams mesh with life’s purpose. But for most people (like myself), our lives take another direction as we grow up. This isn’t a bad thing however, as we are meant to live every minute by making the most of it. That, among other things, is the purpose of life and the message Pixar’s Soul gives audiences. Dealing with thematic elements for people of all ages, Soul takes us on a spiritual journey that is both beautiful and touching, which makes for one of the year’s best movies. The end results will differ for kids and adults, but Pixar veteran director Pete Doctor delivers another movie that is in the top half of Pixar’s entire catalogue.

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Keven’s Top 20 Movies of 2020 Feat. Palm Springs, Hamilton & Bill & Ted Face The Music

Keven’s Top 20 Movies of 2020 Feat. Palm Springs, Hamilton & Bill & Ted Face The Music

2020 may have been garbage, but we were fortunate enough to see some pretty damn great movies in theaters, for three months… Then we were even more fortunate to see some fantastic flicks right in the comfort of our own homes! Some of my favs this year include Palm Springs, Hamilton, Bill & Ted Face The Music and so many more – check out all 20 here >

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TOP 5 COMICS – 12/16/20 : SERA & THE ROYAL STARS & TAARNA

TOP 5 COMICS – 12/16/20 : SERA & THE ROYAL STARS & TAARNA

As the days become shorter what better way to relax then settling down with a few new comic books. It may only be Wednesday, but that is the perfect time to swing by and support your local comic shop. Out this week are SERA & THE ROYAL STARS and TAARNA. Read more