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
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 attack 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 […]Read More UNCUT GEMS – Anxiety-Inducing and Oscar-Worthy
I love how Rian Johnson took the “keep your politics out of my movies” trolls from THE LAST JEDI and basically composed an entire narrative commentating on the negative impact of people of this nature, through the lens of one of the most entertaining films of 2019. Talk about a legendary power move. This cast […]Read More KNIVES OUT – Rian Johnson Has “Dunnit” Again
Critically-acclaimed director, writer, and producer Jon Favreau oversees this photo-realistic remake of Disney’s 1994 animated feature The Lion King. The original film was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, and written by trio Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton. This time around, in addition to Favreau taking over the director’s chair, newcomers Jeff Nathanson […]Read More Disney’s “The Lion King” is Visually Riveting, but an Ultimately Bland Recycling of the Original
Oscar-winning director Denys Arcand offers The Fall of the American Empire, an eclectic genre mash-up combining crime drama, a thrilling heist adventure, and a social commentary. This French-Canadian film spoken almost entirely in the beautiful language of French (and subtitled in English) is sure to entertain and amuse audience members, while simultaneously challenging and […]Read More “The Fall of the American Empire” – Quirky Social Commentary with a Tarantino-esque Edge
Director Ryan Coogler finally brings the legendary Black Panther hero to the big screen, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first solo film with an African-American lead. Placing heavy emphasis on the contrast between the African tribal culture of Wakanda and this nation’s futuristic technological advancements ensures a rich, thematic narrative that does not shy away from […]Read More Black Panther: Culturally-Impactful, Cinematically-Riveting
As we draw closer and closer to Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremonies, I am beginning to round out my recap of the 8 Best Picture nominations. With “Bohemian Rhapsody,” we are now looking to the penultimate review on the list. To start things off, I am going to personally note that I am honestly very surprised […]Read More Bohemian Rhapsody: Epic, Mediocre, or Somewhere in Between?