Sunday, August 22, 2021

How It Ends: Movie Review

Random funniness, very superficial.

How It Ends opens with Liza (Zoe Lister-Jones) woken up by the metaphysical presence of her younger self (Cailee Spaeny). Young Liza is demanding answers, "Aren’t we going to do something? How did our life get to this, dying alone?" It’s the end of the world as an asteroid is going to hit at 2 am. Liza just wants to lay in bed, eat her pancakes and do nothing. Young Liza thinks it’s time for a soul-searching reckoning.   2021

Directed by: Zoe Lister-Jones, Daryl Wein

Screenplay by: Daryl Wein, Zoe Lister-Jones

Starring: Zoe Lister-Jones, Cailee Spaeny

Friday, August 13, 2021

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions: Movie Review

Some insane action, but interesting rooms and compelling characters.

The premise of Escape Room works really well for a unique, original film. The first one pitted six strangers with one common link against one another in an unknowing game of life or death. That premise was really elevated by the focus on the psychology of the characters and their interactions. This sequel has forced six winners of past escape rooms together, including our two main heroes from the original.   2021

Directed by: Adam Robitel

Screenplay by: Will Honley, Maria Melnik
Daniel Tuch, and Oren Uziel

Starring: Taylor Russell, and Logan Miller

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The Kissing Booth 3: Movie Review

Unpleasant, unromantic and not fun.
The Kissing Booth 3 is the stupidest instalment of the Kissing Booth trilogy, and this is coming from someone who kind of enjoyed the first two, but whatever charm there used to be is long gone. I hope the filmmakers and actors enjoy their Netflix money, because the audience isn’t going to. In other words, if you haven’t started the series yet, you don’t have to worry about finishing it.   2021

Directed by: Vnce Marcello

Screenplay by: Vince Marcello and Jay S. Arnold

Starring: Joey King, Jacob Elordi

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

The Scottish Play: Movie Review

Can William Shakespeare be both a genius and a ghost?

The year is 2019 and a young director is putting on a production of Macbeth in a Massachusetts Shakespeare festival. He’s determined that it’s going to be a faithful production, true to Shakespeare’s words. A local respected actor is playing Macbeth and a Hollywood actress is returning to her theater roots to play to Lady Macbeth.

Directed by: Keith Boynton

Screenplay by: Keith Boynton

Starring: Tina Benko, Peter Mark Kendall,
and Will Brill