Saturday, September 17, 2022

I Used to Be Famous: Movie Review

Lovely and tender with some nice music.
Vinnie D (Ed Skrein) was a member of a boy band 20 years ago, but now spends his time busking along sidewalks and in city parks around Peckham, London. Life has not been easy for him since the time in rock stardom. I Used to Be Famous is a surprisingly tender tale of music in unexpected places; however, with sadness and despair constantly percolating through the air it can be a difficult watch.   2022

Directed by: Eddie Sternberg

Screenplay by: Eddie Sternberg

Starring: Ed Skrein, Eoien Macken

Friday, September 16, 2022

Do Revenge: Movie Review

A glossy and shiny version of a dark comedy.
One of the first interesting things about Netflix’s Do Revenge is that there are no heroines or antagonists; they are all a bunch of rich, spoiled pretty people who will screw each other over if it will improve their status or give them a leg up to get into an Ivy League school. Usually that’s a recipe for disaster with so many unlikable characters but Drea (Camilla Mendes) and Eleanor (Maya Hawke) both walk that line between hero and villain very well.   2022

Directed by: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson

Screenplay by: Celeste Ballard, and
Jennifer Kaytin Robinson

Starring: Camilla Mendes, Maya Hawke

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Jane: Movie Review

Dark and chilling thriller.
Jane opens with Jane (Chloe Yu) committing suicide. Back at school, Principal Rhodes (Melissa Leo) is offering nice-sounding but meaningless platitudes about making other choices. None of the girls are listening. This is a private, all-girls school which rich families use as a jumping board for getting into Ivy League schools.   2022

Directed by: Sabrina Jaglom

Screenplay by: Sabrina Jaglom

Starring: Madelaine Petsch, Chloe Bailey