by Kevin Muller
What a complicated path this has been to this year’s Oscars. First, the Academy tried to shoehorn a category in ,“Popular Film,” that was quickly taken out after much outcry. Then, Kevin Hart was hired then fired after his anti-gay tweets surfaced. Finally, the Academy wanted to cut certain awards that always had their time to shine, but quickly walked back, and put them back in. We haven’t even gotten to the ceremony where some celebrities are going to be annoying with their political beliefs that no one asked to hear. Anyway, the Oscars have always been a second Superbowl to me, without the high ratings. I love movies, and even though I don’t always agree with the picks, Chicago winning best picture comes to mind, I always like to see what/who wins. Let’s get to it…
by Old King Clancy
I might have eventually got around to watching the first Happy Death Day, but amazingly enough it was the announcement of the sequel title, Happy Death Day 2U that made me seek it out because I figured a sequel title with that level of tongue-in-cheek humor must be alright. I really enjoyed the first movie thanks largely in part to Jessica Rothe’s star-making performance, so I was all in for the sequel and having now seen it, I’m happy to say it lives up to the original, not better, but if you liked the first then there’s every chance you’ll like this one too.
‘Lost & Found’ is 7 interconnecting stories set in and around a lost & found office of an Irish train station. All segments are inspired by true stories, share a theme of something lost or found and characters that come in and out of each other’s lives.
by Armando Vanegas
Director Steven Soderbergh is nothing if not unconventional or unique. I may not always be crazy about the final product he might provide, but he’s at least playful with the medium. With High Flying Bird, he continues the trend of making unconventional choices by filming his second movie on an iPhone. It’s not an ideal choice, but I was willing to see what he was going to do with it. This unusual decision ends up working out in the end as it effectively fits with the narrative of the protagonist’s DIY plan to bring the game of basketball back to its players. High Flying Bird may not fully coalesce from a narrative standpoint, but the actors and the snappy screenplay by Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney help to make it a breezy watch.
“It’s like a warm apple pie.” We revisited the raunchy teenage comedy, American Pie that’s currently streaming on Netflix.
“Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.”
We reviewed the WWII-set horror movie Overlord that was released on 4k, Blu-Ray, and DVD today.
“A small group of American soldiers find horror behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day.”
Watch the first trailer for The Souvenir, a mysterious and mesmerizing chronicle of first love from acclaimed filmmaker Joanna Hogg.
The Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner features profoundly layered breakout performances by Honor Swinton Byrne and Tom Burke alongside Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton in an enrapturing and personal portrait of the artist as a young woman.
The Souvenir hits Theaters on May 17th