Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Love & Gelato: Movie Review

Cute and annoying.
Another one of Netflix’s ‘An American girl must travel to a foreign country to find herself and fall in love.’ This time it’s Italy. Lina (Susanna Skaggs) is one of your super smart teen girls who know more about school than boys, the type of character that can exist outside of movies, but not this one; Lina is just way too pretentious. She also takes her mother’s dying wish too literally.   2022

Directed by: Brandon Camp

Screenplay by: Brandon Camp

Starring: Susanna Skaggs, Owen McDonnell

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Cha Cha Real Smooth: Movie Review

Balanced approach to young love.

Cha Cha Real Smooth is filmmaker Cooper Raiff’s sophomore effort following Shithouse’s poignancy and vulnerability of a young guy starting college. Here, Raiff plays Andrew a young man just graduated from college who falls in love fast and hard, and each time it’s funny and sweet as Andrew consistently seems to be one good decision away from turning his life around.   2022

Directed by: Cooper Raiff

Screenplay by: Cooper Raiff

Starring: Cooper Raiff, Dakota Johnson

Friday, June 17, 2022

The Good Neighbor: Movie Review

A slow moving thriller with a great setting.
The Good Neighbor is an indie thriller set in Latvia. The characters included a couple of Americans and Brits, but they’re not just vacationing in Riga. The foreign angle is handled well since they’re all here long-term and they’re not treated as foreigners. David (Luke Kleintank) is an American journalist looking to uproot his life after a painful break-up; Grant (Bruce Davison) is a former colleague working for a European news centre and can hook David up with a job.   2021

Directed by: Stephan Rick

Screenplay by: Ross Partridge
Silja Clemens, Stephan Rick

Starring: Luke Kleintank, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Friday, June 10, 2022

The Score: Movie Review

An interesting film about nothing.
You know the old saying: Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should? I never would have thought that a crime drama and a musical would make a good pairing, and I still don’t. Two criminals singing their way through a heist is as bizarre as it sounds. But at the same time, it is interesting. The music is really good and you keep thinking maybe something is going to happen eventually.   2021

Directed by: Malachi Smyth

Screenplay by: Malachie Smyth

Starring: Will Poulter, Johnny Flynn, Naomi Ackie, Lydia Wilson, Lucian Msamati

Thursday, June 9, 2022

My Fake Boyfriend: Movie Review

A chaotic gay rom-com about social media and celebrity obsession.
If you’re going to go with a fake boyfriend plot, then you’re going to have to do something different, and My Fake Boyfriend definitely does. First it’s the social media editing on speed, then it’s the very natural inclusivity and fluidity of sexuality and relationships, and then it tackles society’s celebrity obsession and how fake relationships with fake people can have real effects – even positive ones.   2022

Directed by: Rose Troche

Screenplay by: Luke Albright, Greg Boaldin, Joe Wanjai Ross

Starring: Keiynan Lonsdale, Dylan Sprouse, Sarah Hyland, Samer Salem

Monday, June 6, 2022

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent: Movie Review

Fun, funny, clever and insane.
With that title and a premise involving Nicolas Cage playing a version of himself caught up in the trajectory of his own career who meets a Nic Cage super fan and they agree to write a movie together and end up in a real life action plot, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is exactly as fun and insane as it sounds, and possibly funnier than you would imagine.   2022

Directed by: Tom Gormican

Screenplay by: Tom Gormican

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal

Saturday, June 4, 2022

A Small Fortune: Movie Review

An indie thriller with a great Canadian setting.
A small Canadian thriller from the coasts of Prince Edward Island. A Small Fortune is set in the small fishing town of Skinner’s Pond with few people and fewer jobs. Kevin (Stephen Oates) and wife Sam (Liane Balaban) are expecting a baby; she’s begging him to head out west to find work to bring in money, but he’s content harvesting Irish moss each day bringing in not enough money to live off of. Enter a washed-up bag of money, and a criminal on its trail.   2021

Directed by: Adam Perry

Screenplay by: Adam Perry

Starring: Liane Balaban, Stephen Oates, Andrea Bang, and Matt Cooke