Sunday, September 13, 2020

I Care a Lot: Movie Review


Cynicism guides this dark comedy thriller.

I Care a Lot has a rhythmic opening scene. A man, desperate to be heard, causes a physical disturbance at a nursing home. He wants to see his mother, but he’s not allowed. Meet Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike) who happens to be the legal guardian of this man’s mother. She’s a lawyer who the courts have put in charge of caring for older folks who can no longer take care of themselves.   2020

Directed by: J Blakeson

Screenplay by: J Blakeson

Starring: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage

Saturday, September 12, 2020

I Met a Girl: Movie Review


Mental illness, hope, resiliency and love.
A story of hope, illness, resiliency, and love. I Met a Girl is an occasionally uncomfortable watch, but an uplifting one at the same time. Marketed as a romance, it’s not as light as you might expect it to be. Devon meets a girl and is in love, but he also suffers from schizophrenia with frequent bouts of delusion and paranoia.   2020

Directed by: Luke Eve

Screenplay by: Glen Dolman

Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Joel Jackson

Friday, September 11, 2020

The Broken Hearts Gallery: Movie Review

Genuinely funny and real empathy for the characters.
I’m having a curious relationship with The Broken Hearts Gallery. I have forgiven a lack of realism in romantic comedies in the past (because you just have to), but it’s particularly irksome here. The main premise is unrelatable and unlikable and yet I like everything else about the movie. The film has empathy for its characters, it's only fair that the audience does too.   2020

Directed by: Natalie Krinsky

Screenplay by: Natalie Krinsky

Starring: Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Shiva Baby: Movie Review


Unique, unnerving, anxiety-ridden comedy.

Shiva Baby is a unique film. We’ve seen real-time films before but not in this Jewish slice-of-life (and death, we are at a Shiva after all) way. This is a comedy-drama-romance, but told so intimately and unnervingly real that it feels like it’s own genre. It is nothing like a romantic comedy, and yet on it’s surface, it’s a comedy about a young woman in a not-good relationship and what is she going to do with her life.   2020

Directed by: Emma Seligman

Screenplay by: Emma Seligman

Starring: Rachel Sennott, Molly Gordon,
Polly Draper, Danny Deferrari, Dianna Agron