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

Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Catcher Was a Spy: Movie Review

Fascinating story, interesting style.

The Catcher Was a Spy is a curiously good movie. Not quite a biopic, not quite a spy thriller, it’s actually the best of both worlds. The look of a spy thriller with charcoal fedoras and charcoal suits lit up only by street lamps and the occasional car headlight combined with the content of a biopic, and very importantly, using the intelligence of a smart character. 2018

Directed by: Ben Lewin

Screenplay by: Robert Rodat
Based on the book by Nicholas Dawidoff

Starring: Paul Rudd, Mark Strong, Jeff Daniels

Friday, June 15, 2018

Set It Up: Movie Review


Enjoyable romantic comedy with a playful cast, charming romance and amusing comedy.
A romantic comedy that knows it’s a romantic comedy that is both romantic and funny. Set It Up just radiates the type of enjoyable energy that romantic comedies should have. The actual romantic comedy plot, the one that viewers know will happen in the movie, stays on the back burner while the main plot plays out. The main plot is not just a distraction, it’s a funny, albeit simple, story that allows our two leads to meet, get to know each other, become friends and fall in love. 2018

Directed by: Claire Scanlon

Screenplay by: Katie Silberman

Starring: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs