Saturday, February 27, 2016

Where to Invade Next: Documentary Review

European travelling with humour and thirst for knowledge.

Where to Invade Next is a refreshing documentary. One that informs while it entertains; one that looks forwards as much as it looks backwards, and one that is hopeful and honest in a very simple way. Its structure makes it easy-to-swallow, and its broad subjects make it very easy to sit back and watch. Director Michael Moore has an anger in many of his documentaries – an anger that in some people (like me) impassions, but for other people, just rubs them the wrong way.   2016

Directed by: Michael Moore

Screenplay by: Michael Moore

Starring: Michael Moore

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Barely Lethal: Movie Review

A giant leap into nonsense with a preposterous premise and limited comedy.

Barely Lethal is a teen girl comedy and a spy action movie. Like combining Clueless (1995) and Mean Girls (2004) with Kick-Ass (2010) and Sucker Punch (2011). Not a bad combination if it works, but the premise starts at such a ridiculous level and it only gets worse from there. There are some good ideas, but overall it's a far-fetched mess. 2015

Directed by: Kyle Newman

Screenplay by: John D'Arco

Starring: Hailee Steinfeld

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sleeping with Other People


Perfectly imperfect rom-com characters.
Sleeping with Other People is a romantic comedy. It is. Writer/director Leslye Headland won’t deny it, but what makes it such a good film, is that while it does play up some of the rom-com tropes, it focuses on the characters and lets the romantic comedy plot line play out in the background while the audience gets to enjoy itself. The lead characters are Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis), two people who would deny that they are the leads in a romantic comedy. 2015

Directed by: Leslye Headland

Screenplay by: Leslye Headland

Starring: Alison Brie, Jason Sudeikis