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.
According to my records, it's been 10 years since I've seen Minority Report. It holds up well. Spielberg tackling Philip K Dick's universe is a pretty unique mixture. Though Spielberg's eye for more fun adventure-style action kind of gets in the way somewhat. The fist fight between Anderton and Witwer in the automobile factory and the jet […]
Dig the concept. But the execution is pretty haphazard. Atrocuously awkward visual effects, zero chemistry between Biel and Cage, and the plot is nonsensical at times. The nuclear threat feels very much shoehorned into the story in a "let's make it like 24" way. (Funny too, since Thomas Kretschmann played a villain in 24 season 2 - the one wit […]
Sure, I had a really hard time buying into Matt Damon as a "bad boy congressman", but there's something to the general aesthetic and dialogue that feels so appropriate for Philip K. Dick. I applaud the movie for that alone because PKD's writing style has such a surreal and lived-in feel to it that translating it to film is really difficul […]
I remember seeing this when it first came out and being really disappointed by it. Revisiting it now, I thought "it can't be that bad, right?" Then I saw that the Farrelly Brothers directed it and that confirmed for me that, yes, it can be that bad. And worse.It's repetitive, dumb, and much more juvenile than it needs to be. There's […]
I'm just realizing right now I might hate rainbows. Oh my God, me too. Let's just keep this really real and grounded.Wait. You guys do realize...sorry, rainbows are real.I am really surprised how charmed I was by Unicorn Store. This movie is a whimsical take on confronting adulthood and adult responsibilities when life crushes your soul and aspirat […]