I have always been that annoying kid to brag about his dad’s cool side gig and all the perks that go along with it. And I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Thanks to the fact that my father, Noel Manning, has been a member of the Critics’ Choice Association for more than two decades, […]Read More My Hollywood Experience – Featuring the Critics’ Choice Awards
Director Jon Avnet and co-writer Eric Nazarian helm the new IFC Films production, Three Christs, showcasing a star-studded cast including Richard Gere, Peter Dinklage, Walton Goggins, Bradley Whitford, Charlotte Hope, and Julliana Margulies. Adapted from Dr. Milton Rokeach’s published psychiatric study, The Three Christs of Ypsilanti (1964), Avnet’s film examines the lives and impact of […]Read More Though often uncomfortable, “Three Christs” is a moving, thought-provoking film exploring the detriments of mental illness and the positive power of humanity.
LITTLE WOMEN is a wholesome, delightful, emotionally riveting piece of filmmaking. It is like a warm hug, followed by an ice-cold dagger plunged straight through your heart, with an ensuing miraculous recovery, and another warm hug to top things off. Greta Gerwig directs and adapts Louisa May Alcott’s classic story with stroke after stroke of mastery. […]Read More LITTLE WOMEN has Big Heart and Soul
So John Travolta is playing a version of Nicholas Cage who is playing John Travolta. On the other hand, we have Nicholas Cage playing a version of John Travolta who is playing Nicholas Cage. Yes, it gets pretty trippy. But wow, is this fun to watch! John Woo is a master at directing over-the-top, insane, […]Read More FACE/OFF Provides Plenty of Thrills and Feels
The following is an archived social media reaction of mine, from April 2019, directly after I saw the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Never in my life have I had such a reaction to a trailer than I did for Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker. Not for Infinity War, Endgame, […]Read More STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER – Reflection
The question of whether or not to have children is faced by the majority of people at a certain point in their lives. Depending on factors such as each individual’s cultural background or socio-economic standing, there may be varying responses to this inquiry. To some people, the concept of procreation is not even a debate; […]Read More New documentary “To Kid Or Not To Kid” explores the diverse perspectives of having kids.
When any person remotely familiar with the art of filmmaking hears the name “Quentin Tarantino,” there are a number of ideas that might come to mind. Whether it is the unparalleled mastery of explicit dialogue, the bizarre concentration on highly stylized, yet unrelentingly brutal violence, or the love for non-linear narrative structure and chronology, film […]Read More Documentary “QT8: The First Eight” sparkles with the same energy as its subject.
Chances are, if you have heard anything about UNCUT GEMS, from co-writers and directors Benny and Josh Safdie, it’s that you may very well have a panic while watching it. I am here to say that this motion picture absolutely lives up to the hype. I watched this film by myself, with nobody around me […]Read More UNCUT GEMS – Anxiety-Inducing and Oscar-Worthy
“Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.” – Rainer Maria Rilke WOW. This quote that flashed across the screen to close out JOJO RABBIT literally brought me to tears. What a moving story. A true testament to the powers of compassion, acceptance, and tolerance. It explores one […]Read More JOJO RABBIT – Taika Waititi’s Hitler Satire is Humorous, Tragic, Hopeful, and Uplifting.
From director D.C. Hamilton and screenwriter Brinna Kelly, The Fare is a film that almost defies categorization. At times, if feels like a science-fiction mystery, with shocking and striking narrative shifts. At other points, it appears as a romantic dramedy, following the bizarre development of the relationship between a pair of star-crossed lovers. This unconventional […]Read More Ambitious sci-fi thriller “The Fare” is now available on home video.