Come Away -A Tale Of Two Tales

Film Title

Come Away

Synopsis

Peter and Alice seek to save their parents from despair until they are forced to choose between home and imagination

Director

Brenda Chapman

Cast

Angelina Jolie
Michael Caine
Keira Chansa
Jordon A. Nash
Reece Yates
Jack Veal
Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Titles are one of the most important aspects of a film. In one, two, or a handful of words, a title has to tell us what the movie is about, be intriguing enough to convince us to spend money to watch the film, be memorable, and not be so long as to have diarrhea of […]

Come Play

Film Title

Come Play

Synopsis

A boy and his screen.

Director

Jacob Chase

Cast

Gillian Jacobs
John Gallagher Jr.
Azhy Robertson

There’s an app for everything. Parenting during the pandemic has been quite a challenge. All of the things that are important for children – attending school, being around other kids their age, spreading their time across multiple activities, not being around parents 24/7 – have been completely disrupted. Among those things is limiting screen-time, an […]

The Doorman

Film Title

The Doorman

Synopsis

A woman returns from combat to have to fight a gang of thieves who want her stuff. Trickle down economy ensues.

Director

Ryuhei Kitamura

Cast

Jean Reno
Ruby Rose
Some other folks

“The Doorman” – A poor man’s, poor man’s Die Hard. As we continue to go without any major movie releases (with the exception of Tenet), there is still a small trickle of low-budget films being released to video on-demand (VOD). Typically, these movies tend to fall into the category of really shitty sequels to films […]

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Film Title

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Synopsis

Three escaped cons search for buried treasure in The Deep South

Director

Joel & Ethan Coen

Cast

George Clooney
John Turturro
Tim Blake Nelson
John Goodman
Holly Hunter
Charles Durning
Michael Badalucco

“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” – The second best Odyssey ever. My editor tasked us with reviewing the Coen Brothers’ films and, since I’d rather read Twilight novels than sit through almost their entire filmography, I volunteered to re-watch O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the one film of theirs worth watching more than once. Yeah, […]

Antebellum

Film Title

Antebellum

Synopsis

A woman is enslaved on a plantation in a scenario that none of us would really be surprised to find out was true.

Director

Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz

Cast

Janelle Monae
Jena Malone
Eric Lange
Tongayi Chirisa
Jack Huston
Kiersey Clemons

It takes a village. As we continue to face and confront the reality that racism is still deeply ingrained in American society and culture, we continue to uncover more and more evidence that maybe the Civil War never really ended. Yes, slavery was technically outlawed as a result of the Civil War, but that did […]

The Burnt Orange Heresy

Film Title

The Burnt Orange Heresy

Synopsis

When art critics imitate life.

Director

Giuseppe Capotondi

Cast

Claes Bang
Elizabeth Debicki
Mick Jagger
Donald Sutherland

Can’t quite put my finger on it. I am sure you have heard this quote: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.” – George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman. Up until five minutes ago, I knew nothing about Shaw, nor that he was the scribe behind that idiom. Now I know Shaw wrote that […]

Hamilton

Film Title

Hamilton

Synopsis

Alexander Hamilton. My name is Alexander Hamilton.

Director

Thomas Kail

Cast

Lin-Manuel Miranda
Anthony Ramos
Chris Jackson
Daveed Diggs
Jasmine Cephas Jones
Jonathan Groff
Leslie Odom Jr.
Okieriete Onaodowan
Phillipa Soo
Renee Elise Goldsberry

Hardcore history. Raise your hand if you know more about Alexander Hamilton than 1) his face is on the ten dollar bill, 2) he created the United States’ central banking system, and 3) was killed in a duel by Aaron Burr. If your hand is up, go try out for Jeopardy! If your hand is […]

Irresistible

Film Title

Irresistible

Synopsis

A retired vet runs for mayor in a small, conservative Midwest town

Director

Jon Stewart

Cast

Steve Carell
Rose Bryne
Chris Cooper
Brent Sexton
Will Sasso
C.J. Wilson

“Irresistible” – Politically correct. The United States Supreme Court has made more than a few boneheaded decisions throughout its not-so-illustrious history. Google “bad supreme court decisions,” grab a very large cup of coffee, and get comfortable for hours of eye-opening reading. The best part of that search is it does not matter where you fall […]

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Film Title

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Synopsis

A god complex.

Director

William Shatner

Cast

William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy
Deforest Kelley
Nichelle Nichols
James Doohan
George Takei
Walter Koenig
Laurence Luckenbill

Where no one should ever go again. As I noted in my review of Picard, my son has become quite the Star Trek fan. He has most of the actors’ names memorized by role and is borderline obsessed with the Klingons. “Dad, are there Klingons in this one?” “Dad, are there Klingons in this one?” […]

Picard (Season 1)

Film Title

Picard (Season 1)

Synopsis

Star trip.

Director

Created by: Kirsten Beyer, Michael Chabon, Alex Kurtzman, Akiva Goldsman

Cast

Patrick Stewart
Isa Briones
Harry Treadway
Michelle Hurd
Alison Pill
Santiago Cabrera
Peyton List
Evan Evagora
Brent Spiner
Jonathan Frakes
Marina Sirtis
Jeri Ryan

Make it no. A few weeks ago, we introduced our son to Star Trek by way of a pinball machine. The machine included audio dialogue clips from Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Into Darkness and he was instantly curious to watch them. As of today, he has seen all of the so-called Kelvin trilogy […]