Friday, August 24, 2018

Little Italy: Movie Review


Terribly-clich├ęd romantic comedy about family rivalry.
I’ve heard Little Italy most often being described as lazy, but I don’t think that’s entirely fair. Is it lazy to hire Emma Roberts, niece of Julia Roberts, in a movie which borrows from Mystic Pizza both on the surface and in its design? No, it’s more luck that the filmmakers were able to get a capable and known actress for their little movie about pizza. That’s what this movie was originally - a celebration of pizza and the unique cultural cross-section of Toronto’s Little Italy. 2018

Directed by: Donald Petrie

Screenplay by: Steve Galluccio, Vinay Virmani

Starring: Emma Roberts, Hayden Christensen

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians: Movie Review

A heart beneath all the glitz and glamour

Crazy Rich Asians is an enjoyably funny romantic comedy because it succeeds with two distinct but equally important fundamentals of the genre: lead characters who are real, relatable, empathetic and decent people at their core, and supporting characters who are funny and/or conniving, and not necessarily decent people at their core. It’s a world of money and glamour and so much of both that it can be very hard to imagine that any humans actually live like this. 2018

Directed by: Jon M. Chu

Screenplay by: Peter Chiarelli, Adele Lim
Based on the novel by Kevin Kwan

Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding

Friday, July 13, 2018

Eighth Grade: Movie Review


Loneliness and anxiety in one adolescent girl.
Eighth Grade really is a different type of movie. It’s not hyper-sexualized nor edgy and dark. It’s just about one girl and her intense struggles with her place in life. The intensity comes solely from the pressures she places on herself to be cool. There’s a heartbreaking realness to her very palpable anxiety and that’s where this movie shines. Eighth Grade puts words and an empathetic face to the universal concept of every-day nervousness. 2018

Directed by: Bo Burnham

Screenplay by: Bo Burnham

Starring: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton