Friday, August 24, 2018

Little Italy: Movie Review

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