Cinephellas Podcast – Episode 90 (Lockdown with the Phellas) **31 Days of Horror**

The wild boys are back on this spooky edition of the Cinephellas Podcast .  Since it’s our favorite month of the year, we’re talking about our favorite horror movies to watch during the month of October, classic horror movies we would like to go back in time and be a fly on the wall during filming, entertainment news, and MORE!

#CinephellasPodcast #31DaysofHorror #Halloween #October

 

Review – Boys State (2020)

by Kevin Muller

Every year, in each individual state, an event happens that gathers 1100 adolescent boys to participate in tradition called Boys State. The American Legion sponsored program shows these inspired young men the ins and outs of politics through the course of a strenuous seven days, where they must form a mock government. By the end, the Legion hopes that the young men will be made aware of the politics, democracy, and effort it takes to running a successful campaign. Famous political figures such as Dick Cheney, Corey Booker, Bill Clinton, Rush Limbaugh, and many others, have participated in this event. Directors Jesse Moss and Amanda McBride guide us through a world that includes all the juicy aspects of politics: unity, idealism, hope, and backstabbing. Is this peek into the 85 year old institution worth the ride?

Continue reading

Review – Da 5 Bloods (2020)

by Kevin Muller

For almost 40 years, Spike Lee has made some of the most memorable films to come out of Hollywood. His works are full of black pride, black history, and the overall nature of the black experience. With that being said, it took him 35 years to finally get an Oscar nomination. That one was for the incredible 2018 film, Blackkklansman which featured amazing performances by Adam Driver and John David Washington, son of Denzel, who has every bit of his father’s swagger and gift for performance. In the recent years, directors are flocking towards Netflix, because as we saw with Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, and Alfonso Cauron’s Roma, both my picks for best picture in their respective years, the studio lets the artist do their thing with little to no involvement. It’s now Spike’s turn, so how did he do?

Continue reading

Review – Valley Girl (2020)

by Kevin Muller

Jessica Rothe has stated in many interviews that singing in the 2016 film La La Land was a thrill.  Before that film, the actress, who is theater trained, was only known for her acting ability, including the one that put her on the map, 2017’s Happy Death Day.  In La La Land, she was one of Emma Stone’ roommates who urged her to join them in a night out on the town, through the song “Somewhere in the Crowd.” This, along with her rising popularity, was enough for producers to get behind the idea of providing her with a starring role in a musical. Enter Valley Girl, a remake of the popular 80’s film that starred a fresh faced Nic Cage. However, in this one, it is a musical that the characters sing popular renditions of famous 80’s tunes. This would be a perfect opportunity for the actress to showcase her talents. Does this one sing like a bird or plummet to the ground?

Continue reading

Review – Bad Boys for Life (2020)

by Kevin Muller

The last time we saw Mike and Marcus, we had just begun the Iraq War, smartphones were a what if, and history had not yet been made with the election of Obama. You can probably name many other important events, even some from your personal life, but it is wild to think that it has been seventeen years since Bad Boys II. The franchise, which started in 1995, and gave way to a sequel in 2003, has always been a beloved one with the public. How can you not appreciate the stylized violence, the hilarious one-liners, and the chemistry between Will Smith and Martin Lawrence? The question is, is this a legit sequel or a half-hearted opportunity to cash in on a popular property?

Continue reading