Caddyshack – A Comedic Classic

The plot for this film is so simple that it borders upon directionless. However, there is just enough narrative structure present, that the story can be considered acceptably coherent. Comedies which have stories so weak that the movie is basically a series of unconnected gags seem to be commonplace in the genre, but the architecture […]

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“Socrates” – Not for the Faint of Heart, but a Deeply Personal and Significant Commentary on Society

From the opening shot of director Alexandre Moratto’s Brazilian coming-of-age drama, Socrates, audiences will recognize that they are in for a very personal, brutally honest, and unrelenting emotional journey following the life of a struggling young teen in São Paulo. Inspired by his time volunteering with the UNICEF-supported Querô Institute in Brazil, a “non-profit that […]

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“Blinded by the Light” – Another Wonderful Music-Based Feature in the Summer of 2019

Joining “Rocketman” and “Yesterday” in the category of music-based narratives this summer, “Blinded by the Light” is easily one of the best films I have seen this year. Director and co-writer Gurinder Chadha offers this story inspired by true events, detailing one young man’s struggles to hold onto his cultural roots, while still searching for […]

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New Documentary “ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas” Effectively Shines a Light on the Uniqueness of the Legendary Music Group

Critically-acclaimed documentarian and International Emmy-winning filmmaker Sam Dunn takes the directorial reins in his latest project, ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas. Celebrating the 50thanniversary of the band’s 1969 conception, this documentary tells the story of the legendary group known for their innovative “rock and blues” music style. Both technically and narratively engaging, […]

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino’s Storybook Tribute to the Hollywood of Old

It is quite a challenging task to touch on every element that makes a Quentin Tarantino film work. It would not even be a stretch to say that one could write an entire dissertation essay on over a dozen individual scenes throughout his eclectic filmography.  As one of the most prolific writers and directors of […]

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Documentary “The Spy Behind Home Plate” Examines the Life of a True American Hero

The new documentary The Spy Behind Home Plate, written, directed, and produced by Aviva Kempner, depicts the incredible true story of Morris “Moe” Berg, a notably successful Major League Baseball athlete who played for five different teams over the course of 15 seasons. However, even more extraordinarily, he also happened to live a double life […]

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The Refuge – An Impressive Production Effort that Cannot Overcome its Flaws

Examining the credits of this film, Keith Sutliff’s impressive effort becomes apparent as he worked as the writer, director, producer, production designer, art director, and lead actor. Undertaking all of these responsibilities to bring together a vision for this project took incredible dedication, commitment, and patience. Sutliff undoubtedly poured his heart and soul into this […]

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Always be my Maybe – Maybe the Best Rom-Com of the Year?

Director: Nahnatchka Khan Writers: Michael Golamco, Randall Park, and Ali Wong Producers: Brendan Ferguson, Brady Fujikawa, Michael Golamco, Nathan Kahane, Randall Park, Erin Westerman, and Ali Wong Starring: Ali Wong, Randall Park, James Saito, Michelle Buteau, Vivian Bang, Keanu Reeves, Susan Park, Daniel Dae Kim, Karan Soni, Charlyne Yi, and Casey Wilson —————————————————————————————————————————————– Always be […]

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Toy Story 4 – Childlike Existentialism

Director: Josh Cooley Writers: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Josh Cooley, Valerie LaPointe, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Martin Hynes, and Stephany Folsom Producers: Peter Docter, Mark Nielsen, Jonas Rivera, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich   ————————————————————————————————————————————– Toy Story 4 somehow manages to explore the most complex and profound themes at the heart of human existence through the eyes […]

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