Review – Paddleton

Paddleton, co-written and directed by Alex Lehmann, is one of the sweetest, most sincere looks at the true joy and impact of friendship. This film absolutely broke my heart, but it also took the time to fill it with such joyful feelings. In its own simple, understated way, it made an impact on my cold heart and reminded me why the friendships I have are so important to me. Let’s mosey on into my review now and find out what it is about Paddleton that makes it so special. Read more

Review – Ben Is Back

Ben Is Back, written and directed by Peter Hedges, has at its core a meaningful and powerfully explored set of central characters. Much of the first half of this film brilliantly follows a group of characters who are written and acted in a way that has them feeling authentic and raw in who they are. I found myself completely sucked in by their dysfunctional family, that from the outside seems to be coping but from the inside is barely holding on. I only wish the film had continued with it throughout, rather than straying off into a primarily plot driven experience where the meaning and the emotion seemed to take a back seat. So, let’s explore all that this film has to offer and see if its latter half does an amount of damage that makes it not worth watching. Onto the review. Read more

Review – Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel, co-written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck is a pretty unremarkable experience. It doesn’t really do anything that’s particularly memorable. The character of Carol Danvers is barely developed and I’m at a loss to find a reason to care about her or be excited about her inclusion in Avengers: Endgame. With Captain Marvel, it’s just a pretty bland, by the numbers Marvel movie that sure… made me laugh a couple of times and there were elements to its plot structure that I liked, but for the most part it’s a fairly forgettable film that I’m struggling to find the enthusiasm to write about. Anyway, let’s dive into the particulars of the movie and see why it didn’t really capture my excitement. Read more

Review – Fighting with My Family

Fighting with My Family, written and directed by Stephen Merchant, is brimming with a level of charm and sincerity, that despite its formulaic structure, does a significant amount to turn a possibly bland film into something that leaves a mark on your heart and memories of enjoyment in your mind. Let’s explore all that, Fighting with My Family has to offer in my review and see if its failings are enough to warrant passing on the film or if it’s one worth checking out. Read more

Review – Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade, written and directed by Bo Burnham, is perhaps one of the most realistic, genuine and moving explorations if what it is REALLY like to be a shy, introverted teenager who’s trying to find their place and who they are as a person in the big, unfair, scary world of not only reality, but social media. I related and connected to this film in so many ways, and I also was given a glimpse into what life is actually like for so many young teenage girls today. I’m so excited to talk about and explore not only this fantastic film, but also the brilliance of Bo Burnham, so let’s get on with it. Read more