Friday, January 26, 2024

Junction: Movie Review

There have been so many opioid epidemic movies and shows over the past year or two, so it kind of seems like an odd choice for actor Bryan Greenberg to make his screenwriting and directorial debut with. It’s impossible for Junction to stand-out against the bigger-budget productions, the grittier productions, the documentary productions, so it just tucks itself into the middle with a nicely polished, lower budget, fictionalized story that could be (mostly) true.   2024

Directed by: Bryan Greenberg

Screenplay by: Bryan Greenberg

Starring: Griffin Dunne, Ashley Madikwe, Bryan Greenberg and Sophia Bush

Friday, January 12, 2024

Weak Layers: Movie Review

A very enjoyable movie about skiing, friends, lovers, and life in a ski town.
Weak Layers might seem like a simple movie on the surface – a skiing comedy where three female friends try to win a competition – but it successfully incorporates around 4 different simple ideas to tell a movie slightly different than expected to allow the audience to just be entertained by the skiing, the comedy, the romance. It’s got it all and remains a very simple, easy to like, fun to watch little movie.   2023

Directed by: Katie Burrell

Screenplay by: Katie Burrell, Andrew Ladd

Starring: Katie Burrell, Jadyn Wong, Chelsea Conwright, Evan Jonigkeit

American Fiction: Movie Review

American Fiction asks the question “What is Black art?” Is it a novel or a film made by a Black person or does it have to be about an experience unique to their culture in such a way that White people can praise it to absolve their guilt? It asks this question by telling a tale that is both truthful in an everyday every American kind of way and a part that is pure fiction that offers entertaining reflection.   2023

Directed by: Cord Jefferson

Screenplay by: Cord Jefferson

Starring: Jeffrey Wright, John Ortiz, Erika Alexander, and Sterling K. Brown