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Bad Trip

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…

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Yes Day

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…

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Finding ‘Ohana

Netflix’s adventure flick Finding ‘Ohana is a Hawaiian twist on the classic 80s kids caper The Goonies.  It’s a movie connection the filmmakers want you to be aware of either through easter eggs (casting Ke Huy Quan who played Data in The Goonies, another character bellowing “hey you guys!”), or in the film’s direct lifting of an undoubtably similar story following young adventurers pursuing hidden treasure. 

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Pieces of a Woman

It’s impossible for me not to write about Pieces of a Woman from my own experience with child loss.  The movie is about a child’s death during delivery and her parents’ grieving process as they search for personal closure.  As a father who has lost three babies with my sublime wife through miscarriages, Pieces of a Woman really hits close to home.

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The Prom

The Prom is a musical about a group of famous performers who use their clout and flashy personalities to make a stand against the discrimination of the LGBT community.  However, despite how inspiring this story is supposed to be, the movie is also supposed to be satirizing celebrities who are more concerned about their image than the cause they’re fighting for.  It’s a piece of irony that’s lost on The Prom, a film that wants…

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The Princess Switch: Switched Again

The original cast, director, and screenwriters from Netflix’s surprise hit The Princess Switch have reunited for The Princess Switch: Switched Again to offer fan service for at-home viewers.  But even though the production remembers what tickled audiences the first time around, they have failed to capture the same spark in this rusty sequel.

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His House

His House not only offers a new take on haunted horrors, but it offers a weaved interpretation of grief and guilt that’s both innovative and effectual.  It’s essentially the ideal horror movie for audiences looking for scares and substance.