Premise: Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa’s powers in order to save their kingdom.
Look. When you’ve got one of the most profitable films of all time like Frozen in your back pocket, there’s bound to be talks of a sequel. This is 2019 after all, and the studio that made Frozen is Disney, who’s never met an original property it couldn’t shoehorn into a prequel, sequel, or spin-off. Not to mention the untold millions Disney has raked in from merchandising ever since – if you’ve gone a single Halloween since 2014 without seeing an Anna or Elsa or Olaf costume, you’re either lying, or weren’t paying attention. None of this is surprising. Continue reading →
Happy Thanksgiving (to those of you in the US)! In this special double parking lot special episode, Kyrsten and I have a laid-back non-spoiler review of Knives Out and then Tiny and I go into a spoiler review of the film! Then, to close out the episode, we have the remaining Red Carpet recordings from last month’s Heartland International Film Festival!
Premise: A late night talk show host suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show.
Writer/star Mindy Kaling and director Nisha Ganatra’s “boss from hell” movie about an underdog in late night TV is plagued by underutilized supporting characters, underdeveloped subplots, and a borderline unlikable co-lead character. Late Night‘s saving grace is a strong performance by Emma Thompson who, despite her character being nearly irredeemably obnoxious, is served well enough by a script that misuses most of the other characters and subplots. Continue reading →
Premise: All unemployed, Ki-taek and his family take peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives and get entangled in an unexpected incident. Continue reading →
This week, I fly solo for the 300th (holy crap!) episode of the podcast! In this special episode, I share my spoiler-free thoughts on the Disney Plus exclusive Lady and the Tramp remake. I also share my thoughts on several Disney Plus exclusive shows launching with the service on Nov 12th. Series reviewed include: Encore!, Forky Asks a Question, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Marvel’s Hero Project, The Imagineering Story, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, and Spark Shorts.
Premise: Hal, wayward prince and heir to the English throne, is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father dies. Now the young king must navigate palace politics, the war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life.
The King may not be the longest, the most plot-heavy, or even the most complicated movie of 2019, but it may be the most tedious to get through. Here’s a fun parlor game you can play with your friends: gather everyone together and turn on The King. The first person to either nod off or check his or her phone loses. Best of luck to you, because I would have failed this challenge within the first 30 minutes. Continue reading →
Premise: A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.
The Irishman is Martin Scorsese’s examination of time, regret, and aging through the lens of the gangster epic. It’s a perfectly fine film whose biggest strength is in the powerful performances of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. Unfortunately, aside from those performances, the movie didn’t really hook me and ended up feeling like too dry and aimless a rumination on its themes. Continue reading →
This week, I welcome back our contributor Ben Sears to the podcast to review Robert Eggers’ incredible film, The Lighthouse. We also discuss some news regarding David Benioff and DB Weiss, the Game of Thrones prequel announcement, and more. For Potpourri, Ben shares his thoughts on AppleTV+ original series See, Dickinson, For All Mankind, The Morning Show, and the service itself. Then I share my thoughts on the Special Presentation screenings I attended at HIFF2019.
Purely by coincidence today turned out to be a "family in the 80s moves somewhere remote where the father hopes to make a name for himself at the expense of his family's happiness" double feature between this and Minari.The Nest was overall pretty okay. There is some particularly strong acting by Carrie Coon and Jude Law. The scenes where they […]
Beautiful family drama. I loved spending time with these characters. The contrast in tone between Jacob and Monica's argument at the beginning of the movie and the one at the end underscores the strong writing. Loved it.
Kurosawa considered Kagemusha to be the "dress rehearsal" for Ran. After this first viewing, I was more engaged with Kagemusha, and didn't end up liking Ran as much. That could change with subsequent viewings.The scope and beauty of Ran is crazy, though. It's so vibrant and beautiful while also being violent and heavy when it needs to be. […]
Chadwick Boseman's final performance underscores just how tremendous a loss his passing is. He and Viola Davis are both incredible and the dialogue and set design are of extraordinarily high quality as well. Incredible movie.
Jesus, what a beautiful and brilliant movie. Similar in spirit to Inside Out (also directed by Pete Docter) and Coco, Soul is a stunning rumination on humanity itself. Expertly studying and demystifying complex existential ideas and concepts, Soul arrives at heartfelt and uplifting conclusions about what makes life worth living and what it means to reconnect […]
Frances McDormand gives one of the best performances I've seen all year in this movie. The entire film is complex feelings laid out in a realistic, lived in world. Fern is an extremely captivating character. She's silently dealing with the loss of not only her husband, but her community as well. She seems to adopt the nomad lifestyle out of necessi […]