January 22, 2021

CABLE | Sound and 'WandaVision' – Marvel Channels Sitcom History

Elizabeth Olsen Paul Bettany | Marvel's WandaVision | Disney+
Marvel Studios
Stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany revisit their Avengers characters, Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Vision, through sitcom television history in the trippy new throwback streaming series WandaVision created by screenwriter Jac Schaeffer. It's a highly original, surreal take on comic book storytelling using the half-hour comedy format to explore its strange universe of superheroes.

January 21, 2021

CINEMA | Growing 'Minari' – Steven Yeun Finds His American Dream

"Grandma smells like Korea."
Steven Yeun | Lee Isaac Chung's Minari A24
A24 / Elevation Pictures
Korean-American filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung (no relation) has made a startlingly moving and quietly emotional semi-autobiographical immigrant story set on a rural farm in 1980s Arkansas. Starring Steven Yeun (Chung's cousin by marriage) as a version of the writer/director's own farmer father, Minari tells a wondrously intimate tale of assimilating to the American Dream.

January 18, 2021

SCREEN | Jason Segel Takes Care of 'Our Friend'

"Don't be afraid to give yourself to somebody."
Dakota Johnson Casey Affleck | Our Friend
Gravitas Ventures / Elevation Pictures
Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's relationship dramedy Our Friend documents the adult friendship history of a real-life married couple, Nicole and Matt (Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck), and their college friend Dane (Jason Segel) over many years and after one of them gets sick with terminal cancer and is about to die. It's both a heartwarming and heartbreaking story of true friendship.

January 14, 2021

GENRE | A 'Promising Young Woman' Gets Her Revenge

"That is just asking for it."
Carey Mulligan Emerald Fennell | Promising Young Woman
Focus Features / LuckyChap Entertainment
British actress and filmmaker Emerald Fennell, who recently played Camila Parker Bowles in The Crown in addition to showrunning season two of Killing Eve, makes her feature directorial debut with a twisted dark comedy revenge thriller with a deceptively bright bubblegum pop gloss to it. Starring Carey Mulligan as a contemporary femme fatale, Promising Young Woman is all about an underestimated bombshell in disguise exacting her own form of disturbing vigilante justice against would-be male rapists.

January 7, 2021

SCREEN | Vanessa Kirby Breaks Apart 'Pieces of a Woman'

"She got it gray like her soul. That's her spirit colour."
Vanessa Kirby Molly Parker Kornél Mundruczó | Pieces of a Woman | Netflix
Bron Studios
British actress Vanessa Kirby gives a career-best performance as an expectant mother turned grieving one in Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó's messy tragedy piece, Pieces of a Woman. Despite the tour-de-force acting and high sense of tense melodrama, the intimate film folds parental suffering into a basic melange of circumstantial grief and dramatized trauma.

January 4, 2021

SCREEN | In the Mood for 'Sylvie's Love' on Prime Video

"I can't be the woman of your dreams while also trying to be the woman of my own."
Tessa Thompson Nnamdi Asomugha Eugene Ashe | Sylvie's Love | Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Studios
An always lovely Tessa Thompson gives another sensational performance in a good ol’ fashioned star-crossed period romance in the traditional Hollywood melodrama mold. How writer/director Eugene Ashe expresses the purity of 1950s Black love feels just as warm as it is endearing in the sumptuous Sylvie's Love.

December 31, 2020

CINEMA | Top 10 Films of 2020

John Magaro Orion Lee Kelly Reichardt | First Cow | A24
Each film reviewed where linked below:
1) First Cow (dir. Kelly Reichardt)
2) The Nest (dir. Sean Durkin)
3) Lovers Rock (dir. Steve McQueen)
4) I'm Thinking of Ending Things (dir. Charlie Kaufman)
5) Minari (dir. Lee Isaac Chung)
6) The Climb (dir. Michael Angelo Covino)
7) American Utopia (dir. Spike Lee)
8) Swallow (dir. Carlo Mirabella-Davis)
9) Da 5 Bloods (dir. Spike Lee)
10) The Vast of Night (dir. Andrew Patterson)

December 28, 2020

CINEMA | Gal Gadot Throws Back to 'Wonder Woman 1984'

"This world is not ready for all that you will do."
Gal Gadot Kristen Wiig Patty Jenkins | DC Wonder Woman 1984
Warner Bros. Pictures / DC Films
Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot both return for their long-delayed but still highly anticipated and jam-packed DC Comics superhero sequel set some sixty-five years after the first film in WWI. Wonder Woman 1984 feels more than just an unabashed throwback to the long bygone spirit of the original 1970-80s Superman films as a bright and colourful adventure romance designed to comment on our current cultural political climate through glossy '80s culture contrasted with acts of kindness.