Over The Moon (Netflix)

Film Title

Over The Moon

Synopsis

An animated musical about the first pre-pubescent female astronaut.

Director

Glen Keane

Cast

Glen Keane
Ruthie Ann Miles
John Cho
Cathy Ang
Edie Ichioka

“Over the Moon” – It’s sort of a myth. After the very excellent Klaus last year, I was hoping for a good follow up from Netflix in Over the Moon. By the end of the film, I found myself explaining to my son what is a MacGuffin and why the plot’s urgency makes no sense […]

Godmothered

Film Title

Godmothered

Synopsis

Will Farrell with a magic wand and a pink dress

Director

Sharon Maguire

Cast

Isla Fisher
Julian Bell
Mary Elizabeth Ellis
Stephnie Weir
Santiago Cabera

Oh no. Uh oh. I haven’t even asked a question yet. Was it a bad movie? Yes. Don’t watch it people. Don’t watch it. We didn’t even finish the movie. You didn’t even finish the movie? What was so bad about it? First thing is it didn’t have a villain. Second thing is it doesn’t […]

Soul (2020)

Film Title

Soul

Synopsis

An animated out of the body experience for a musician who has lost his way

Director

Pete Doctor, Kemp Powers

Cast

Jamie Foxx
Tina Fey
Rachel House
Alice Braga
Angela Bassett

When I play baseball, there are times when I am in such a great groove pitching that everything seems to slow down, background noise and visuals disappear, and playing the game becomes easy. In For Love of the Game, pitcher Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner) calls it clearing the mechanism. Others describe it as being “in […]

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 […]