Summer in LA

fahrenheit 11/9 – the state of the union

Fahrenheit 11/9 is the latest political documentary by Michael Moore. It’s about the 2016 election that led to the presidency of Donald Trump. But it also a lot more than that. Continue reading

the happytime murders – definitely all street

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 – triple the punch

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 – need a moment of your time

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 – “america first”

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

ant-man and the wasp – all the buzz is true

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??

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hearts beat loud – they’re not a band…

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.

Fade out-
Eugene

 

 

 

incredibles 2 – … incredible too!

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

wind river – wider than a mile…

Wind River is the latest movie by Taylor Sheridan, this is the first movie he’s written and directed. The film stars Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Graham Greene, Kelsey Chow/Asbille and Jon Bernthal. It’s a murder mystery thriller about a Tracker and an FBI Agent that investigate a murder on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. Continue reading

brigsby bear – may your mind be stronger tomorrow

Brigsby Bear is a comedy drama directed by Dave McCary. The screenplay is by Kyle Mooney and Kevin Costello with a story by Mooney. The movie stars Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, Chris Crimin, and Andy Samberg. The film is about the impact of a kid’s show, but not really… the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of this year and got wide release in July. Continue reading