Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Fist Fight: Movie Review

Forced humour derails what could have been a very funny film.

I would like to say that I don’t understand the thought process behind Fist Fight, but the problem is, I do. It’s loosely based on the ‘80s comedy Three O’Clock High, but switches the students and teachers around to make a social commentary on today’s education system. That idea should work, but the execution does not. Too many jokes fall flat and anything interesting to say is lost in the lazy joke-telling. 2017

Directed by: Richie Keen

Screenplay by: Van Robichaux, Evan Susser

Starring: Charlie Day, Ice Cube

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Almost Adults: Movie Review

Funny, relatable and enjoyable.
On one hand, Almost Adults is a drama about accepting and voicing your sexuality. On the other hand, it’s a comedy about college-aged girls moving on in their life. The co-mingling of the two genres can bog down the film when it becomes too grand for itself, but it is still a sweet, funny drama about two best friends - one a novice lesbian, one heart-broken over her ex - and how that plays into their friendship. 2016

Directed by: Sarah Rotella

Screenplay by: Adrianna DiLonardo

Starring: Natasha Negovanlis, Elise Bauman

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Jackie: Movie Review


A bio-pic that forces you out of your comfort zone.
Jackie is an odd movie, and given its genre, that will come as very surprising. Biopics generally have tried-and-true formulas to introduce you to the world of the subject. Not exactly the case in this movie. We’re not taking a look at the world around Jackie Kennedy, but getting inside Jackie Kennedy. This is the story of Jackie before the assassination, during the assassination, and after the assassination. 2016

Directed by: Pablo Larrain

Screenplay by: Noah Oppenheim

Starring: Natalie Portman