The Happytime Murders is a comedy crime film directed by Brian Henson and written by Todd Berger. The film stars Bill Barretta, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, Leslie David Baker, and Elizabeth Banks. It’s about private eye Phil Phillips who’s a puppet, in a world where puppets and humans co-exist, and he joins up with the police to solve a recent crime spree. Continue reading
Three Identical Strangers is a documentary directed by Tim Wardle, it stars Robert Shafran, Edward Galland, and David Kellman. It follows a set of triplets who were adopted at a young age by different families, each unaware that they have a brother. This was all done in the name of science… “nature vs nurture.” Continue reading
Sorry to Bother You is an absurdist dark comedy that’s written and directed by Boots Riley, this is his directorial debut. The film stars Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun, and Armie Hammer. It’s about a young African-American telemarketer in Oakland who adopts a white accent in order to thrive at his jobs, once he does, things start to escalate, and he has to choose between making money or retaining his humanity. Continue reading
BlacKkKlansman is Spike Lee‘s latest film. It’s a biographical comedy-drama about Ron Stallworth. The film is directed by Lee, written by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Lee, it’s based on the 2014 memoir Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth. The film stars John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Jasper Pääkkönen, Ryan Eggold, Ashlie Atkinson, Michael Buscemi, Robert John Burke and Topher Grace. The film is about the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs police department who infiltrates and exposes the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Continue reading
The summer event known as Comic Con (San Diego Comic Con or Comic Con International) was last week. Without fail it was one of the hottest weeks to hold a widely attended event.
This year there weren’t any exclusives that I had to get, thank goodness, the line management for exclusive merchandise is just as bad as the panel lines. Seems like camping for comic con has just become a necessity, not for me!
I flew solo at Comic Con this year, this is the first time that I’ve done this, not that it can’t be done, but Comic Con for me has always been a group event. Before Comic Con blew up it was the thing we did in the summer while school was out, we’d call up friends and ask “what’re you doing? I dunno, nothing, wanna go to comic con?”
We’d get dropped off and pay for our one day ticket at the door, walk right in, and that was that.
Now Comic Con is an entirely different beast, getting a badge/admission is a whole other ball of wax.
Despite not having my usual buddies in tow, I had a blast this year. I was able to meet up with friends and believe it or not, run into people on the floor (that hasn’t happened in such a long time).
As always I got a preview of expensive items yet to be on sale;
Ant-Man and the Wasp is the sequel to, you guessed it!, Ant-Man. This film brings back everyone from the first film, Peyton Reed is back at the directing chair, with the film being written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. The movie stars Rudd as Scott Lang (Ant-Man), Evangeline Lily as Hope van Dyne (the Wasp), Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hanna John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas.
Ant-Man and the Wasp takes place two years after the events in Captain America: Civil War, and before the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Lang is balancing home life as a father with his super heroic life as Ant-Man, Hope and Hank come back into the picture with a proposal that may cause a disruption in his life, what’s a guy supposed to do??
Hearts Beat Loud is a comedy/drama/music film directed by Brett Haley. It’s written by Haley and Marc Basch. It stars Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Shasha Lane, Blythe Danner and Toni Collette. The music is by Keegan DeWitt. The film is about a record store owner who want to start a band with his daughter after they record one song in a jam session and it goes viral.
The good; the songs are great, Keegan DeWitt does a wonderful job crafting these songs that seamlessly fit into Hearts Beat Loud. It’s my type of music and I could’ve sat there watching one long music video of everything. Offerman and Clemons doe a fabulous job acting and acting musically. Clemons being a singer has a great voice and on stage presence, the film really showcases this. Offerman played Ron Swanson, on Parks and Recreation, where he played the saxophone, here Offerman plays the guitar, whether he can or can’t in real life, I dunno… but he does a great job play acting like he can.
Seeing this father and daughter dynamic between the two of them, not only in life, but musically is great.
The writing in Hearts Beat Loud is wonderful. Each character is three dimensional, simple and yet complex. Everyone’s motivations are clear, so when they come at odds with one another it makes sense and isn’t contrived. It also helps that the acting is awesome.
The bad; you won’t be seeing this gem of a film.
Overall, go seek this one out. Hearts Beat Loud is Haley’s most uplifting film, if you’ve followed his filmography at all you’ll know what that means. I’m glad that he made a movie that ends optimistically yet still retains all the things that make a Haley film a Haley film.
If anything, go see this film for the music.
Incredibles 2 is Pixar’s next film and it’s the direct sequel to 2004’s The Incredibles. This film is written and directed by Brad Bird, it stars Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell and Samuel L. Jackson, all of whom reprise their roles from the first film. The additions to the cast are Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Jonathan Banks, Huck Milner and Sophia Bush. Michael Giacchino also returns to do the scoring duties.
Incredibles 2 follows the adventures of the Parr family after the events of the first film and how they deal with their superpowers in a world that doesn’t allow for that. Continue reading
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is a documentary film directed by Morgan Neville, it’s about the life of Fred Rogers and the philosophy that drove him to do what he did. It features Joanne Rogers, Francois Scarborough Clemmons, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Negri, David Newell, and Fred Rogers as… who else… himself.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is the second Star Wars anthology film, this stand-alone movie tells us the backstory to Han Solo, Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian. This film is directed by Ron Howard with a screenplay by Jonathan and Lawrence Kasdan. It stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo and Paul Bettany.
The events of this film take place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.