Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Good on Paper: Movie Review

A romantic comedy that smartly drops the romance.
Good on Paper is very much an Iliza Shlesinger movie. It features her playing a version of herself, some of her stand-up material, and a lot of the themes from her stand-up. Something else to note up front is that this is not a romantic comedy. Comedy yes, but then it spins the romance into something with a bit more bite.   2021

Directed by: Kimmy Gatewood

Screenplay by: Iliza Shlesinger

Starring: Iliza Shlesinger, Ryan Hansen

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Back for Good: Movie Review

Solid addition to the quarter-life crisis genre.
In Back for Good, Max (Molly Donovan) is a 20-something struggling actress in New York City. Her agent committed suicide, she works as a waitress serving assholes, and her roommate just kicked her out. One phone call from an ex-boyfriend and Max decides on the spot to move back home to Pittsburgh. It’s nothing you haven’t seen before, but it is a solid addition to the quarter-life crisis genre.   2017 (2021 release)

Directed by: Bailey Donovan, Molly Donovan

Screenplay by: Bailey Donovan, Molly Donovan

Starring: Molly Donovan, Ian Cramer

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Welcome Matt: Movie Review

Creative and funny, but weak drama.
There’s a strong creative effort put into Welcome Matt, and a sense of community coming together. Made during the pandemic, writer and director Leon Pierce Jr. has made the most of the limitations. It's very indie, and I’m not sure the agoraphobia topic is his forte, but it’s clever and funny, and all the pieces, especially the lead character, fit together really well.   2021

Directed by: Leon Pierce Jr

Screenplay by: Leon Pierce Jr

Starring: Tahj Mowry, Adriyan Rae

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Potter's Ground: Movie Review

Unique style, poor story.
Potter’s Ground opens on a dry, bare expanse of land. A family, during the Civil War, is burying their dog. The young daughter nonchalantly says the monsters under her bed did it. Parents, as they are prone to do, tried to reassure her that there are no monsters living under her bed. There is no such thing as monsters. However, when children aren’t scared so much as confident in their beliefs, they are usually right about something.   2021

Directed by: Michael Butts

Screenplay by: Scott Crain

Starring: Isaiah Stratton, Scott Crain

Saturday, June 5, 2021

I Am All Girls: Movie Review

An important story lost in poorly focused action.

At first, I Am All Girls is reminiscent of Lost Girls. Another Netflix movie, a thriller-drama based on a true story about trying to find abducted girls. However, after the true story intro, and then the movie begins with the race to find the girls, it becomes clearer that this is more like The Captive – where they tell the audience how it ends at the beginning. It was an interesting but controversial approach with The Captive, but feels like the wrong approach here.   2021

Directed by: Donovan Marsh

Screenplay by: Wayne Fitzjohn, Marcell Greef,
and Emile Leuvennink

Starring: Erica Wessels, Masasa Mbangeni

Friday, June 4, 2021

Weekenders: Movie Review

Well written indie romance with awful characters.
Weekenders is very minimalistic and indie in its approach. Four people in one house where they talk and drink through their feelings. I have issues with the premise and the very frustrating characters, but the execution is good. The film is surprisingly engaging despite how awful the people are. It’s an odd combination, but filmmaker Erik Bloomquist has serious skills as a writer and scene builder; however, I would never be friends with his friends.   2021

Directed by: Erik Bloomquist

Screenplay by: Erik Bloomquist, Carson Bloomquist, and Peyton Michelle Edwards

Starring: Erik Bloomquist, Peyton Michelle Edwards, Ehad Berisha and Maggie McMeans