Emma Seligman’s Shiva Baby is a comedy of manners from hell (in the best way possible).
The Father is a really interesting Oscar contender, and not just within this year’s nominees – it would be a stand-out during any year.
Chasing Valentine does a good job justifying its potential targets for criticism.
Iron Mask could be used as a weapon – it basically broke me from within.
Your enjoyment of Netflix’s hidden camera comedy Bad Trip hinges on whether you find Eric André’s comedy entertaining; such is the usual case for shock comics. Eric André’s boundary-stepping awkwardness has the ability to push his “marks” to their extremes, and then he goes a little further. It’s a fearless quality that Bad Trip takes full advantage of to tell a story about a passionate quest to pursue love, and the man (Chris Carey played…
The promotional material for Nobody features a grizzled Bob Odenkirk, a hilarious comic who has pulled off incredible range for over a decade within his tragicomedy oeuvre in the Breaking Bad universe, beating the pulp out of thugs and gunning down crooks. For viewers who have followed Odenkirk’s career from his sketch comedy days on Mr. Show to his time playing Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, this action-packed visual is cool…
Scooter is one heck of a sloppy “found footage” flick. Not only is this a weak thriller, but the film constantly steps on its own continuity by rewriting its rules on the fly. The biggest crime: it’s completely unaware of its potential.
Family films that feature kids “makin’ all the rules” isn’t exactly fresh or inventive. So, why did I like Yes Day so darn much when I know that it follows this same template? Did this sub-genre improve? Have I gotten softer? While these reflections are valid, it sounds like I have to blame either the movies that came before this one or myself to justify liking Yes Day. Embracing Yes Day shouldn’t be driven by…
Cherry is, at least, three different movies – a romantic drama, a war movie, and a crime thriller. Despite how off-kilter it is as a genre-bender, it may have worked had the filmmakers been interested in the story or characters. Instead, Cherry is an indulgent vehicle for its filmmakers to flaunt their bold experimental choices and test their boundless clout.
Showing different perspectives from the streets of Istanbul, filmmaker Elizabeth Lo explores the day-to-day lifestyle of stray dog Zeytin in Stray. There are brief transitions to other viewpoints provided by fellow pooches or human beings, but Zeytin is certainly the star of the show.