Sunday, September 10, 2017

Opening Night: Movie Review

Delightfully funny, chaotically real.
What a blast. There are a number of things that films can do to overcome weak stories and characters, namely, have a quick pace with popular songs and funny lines, and that’s exactly what Opening Night does. Set in approximately real time backstage at a Broadway musical on opening night, the characters aren’t particularly innovative. There are a lot of gay men and drama queens, helpful hands who aren’t exactly helpful, and Nick (Topher Grace) – the stage manager trying to pull everything together. 2017

Directed by: Isaac Rentz

Screenplay by: Gerry de Leon, Greg Lisi

Starring: Topher Grace, JC Chasez, Taye Diggs, and Alona Tal

Friday, September 1, 2017

Blood Honey: Movie Review

A campy story with death and bees.

There are a number of working titles floating around including “The Hive” and “The Bequest” but I wonder if they considered the very fitting “Death by Bees”. Not only does this film feature a literal death by bees but it also brings to mind the B-horror films like Killer Bees which should attract the right audience for this campy thriller. Although I’m not sure campy is the right word for a poor story played out very dramatically. 2017

Directed by: Jeff Kopas

Screenplay by: Jeff Kopas, Doug Taylor

Starring: Shenae Grimes-Beech