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: “In A New York Minute” follows three strangers connected by a single pregnancy test. Amy is haunted by a past breakup that has manifested into an eating disorder. Angel is caught between a loveless marriage to an American businessman and a passionate affair with a Chinese writer. Nina moonlights as an escort in order to support herself.
Premise: A lonely 14-year-old, Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness. Deprived of attention from her family, she spends her time finding meaning in the love and friendships of her peers. When Young-ji, a new teacher, arrives, she becomes the first adult Eun-hee feels really understands her.
In part 1 of our coverage of the 28th Heartland Film Festival, I review the 100% Indiana epic thriller, Whelm, and I interview several filmmakers and guests on the HIFF red carpets, including a quick chat with Brendan Fraser!
Premise: An alternative high school in small-town Indiana is the last, best chance for four struggling teens to earn a diploma. Their dedicated school administrator holds out hope that this is the year they can overcome their obstacles. A heartbreaking and hopeful portrait of teens trying to rise above their circumstances.
Premise: It’s Man Camp weekend, the few days every year when brothers Adam, Tim, and Kevin head to the family cabin to memorialize their dad. When they arrive to discover their mom with some new guy she apparently plans on marrying, the trip becomes a wild test to determine his worthiness.
Premise: “Whelm” is a thriller set deep in the Great Depression where two estranged brothers get tangled in a rivalry between a legendary bank robber and an eccentric young criminal. Through a series of bizarre occurrences, they find they are part of a larger historic scheme.
Premise: “Going Attractions” celebrates the splendor and grandeur of the great cinemas of the United States, built when movies were the acme of entertainment and the stories were larger than life, as were the venues designed to show them.
Premise: Football and feminism collide in this documentary that follows former NFL cheerleaders battling the league to end wage theft and illegal employment practices that have persisted for 50 years.Continue reading →
Premise: Drawing upon an immense home video archive, Sasha Joseph Neulinger exposes the family secret which destroyed his world. The camera that followed his footsteps from the day he was born also captured the story of an unraveling childhood, a high-stakes court battle, and a generational reckoning.
Premise: A deliciously twisted comedy set in a demented, timeless suburbia where every adult wears braces on their straight teeth, couples coordinate meticulously pressed outfits, and coveted family members are swapper in more ways than one in this competition for acceptance.
Whew, what a tense movie. The Safdie Brothers create in Howard Ratner a hustler who's consumed by his own addiction to the game he plays (and gambling, obviously). Adam Sandler, by far, gives his best performance to date. He's so good in this that I was honestly angry that he keeps making horrible comedies. What impressed me most about Uncut Gems w […]
I was a big fan of Lady Bird, so Greta Gerwig's sophomore effort was definitely on my radar. Though I've not read the novel, Little Women had tons of heart and chemistry. The performances across the board are really phenomenal. The exception being a couple of scenes where Amy is acting bratty or otherwise obnoxious. Maybe it's because Florence […]
Good animation, particularly when it comes to the evil Queen's witch disguise. But I was surprised how much fluff there was in the plotting. The middle section is basically just a string of scenes of the dwarfs and Snow White doing random things. It just didn't hold my attention all that well.
Pretty dry procedure-heavy retelling of an important piece of our recent history. Driver and Bening are solid in a movie that I just didn't find very compelling. The timeline jumping to bring us up to speed on the use of torture felt like the script was just covering its bases in a cliff notes way rather than packaging the story in an interesting way. […]
Incredible in its emotional resonance, Waves blew me away with its superb acting and intoxicating style. The film can be broken into a couple standalone parts, each telling a significant story through the respective section's lead character.Tyler is an 18 year old kid being pushed to achieve greatness by an overbearing father. This relationship bleeds i […]