REVIEW: “CRUELLA” (2021) DISNEY STUDIOS/DISNEY+

Estella or Cruella… This new offering of the old traditional story from Disney, definitely delves into a completely different outlook on this once cute story of a villainess and her adorable Dalmatian puppies. This prequel from director Craig Gillespie, is quite possibly the “CRUELLA” we didn’t know we needed, until we actually did. Continue reading REVIEW: “CRUELLA” (2021) DISNEY STUDIOS/DISNEY+

Mental Health Awareness Month Retrospective: Girl, Interrupted

Year: 1999 Runtime: 127 minutes Director: James Mangold Writers: Susanna Kaysen (book), James Mangold, Lisa Loomer, Anna Hamilton Phelan (screenplay) Actors: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy, Elisabeth Moss, Jared Leto, Jeffrey Tambor, Vanessa Redgrave, Whoopi Goldberg By Joan Amenn In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month and in light of Angelina Jolie returning to the screen in the upcoming “The Eternals”, this … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month Retrospective: Girl, Interrupted

Exclusive Interview: Scarecrow Video 2.1 & the Future of Physical Media Livestream Telethon

By Joan Amenn What are you doing this weekend? I got to chat with Executive Director Kate Barr and Development Director John O’Connor from Scarecrow Video about their big plans for expansion that they are calling Scarecrow 2.1. If you don’t know about the incredible film repository that is Scarecrow Video, check out my previous interview here https://intheirownleague.com/2021/01/26/exclusive-interview-with-scarecrow-video-part-i/  A fun live streaming telethon is happening … Continue reading Exclusive Interview: Scarecrow Video 2.1 & the Future of Physical Media Livestream Telethon

Review: Alhamdu and Exclusive Interview with Creative Director Sumer Zuberi

Year: 2021 Runtime: 4 minutes 38 seconds Director: Abbas Rattani By Joan Amenn An incredible vision has been unleashed on YouTube and it is the result of a brilliant collaboration by a group known as the Mipsterz. Iwas honored to speak to one of their Creative Directors, Sumer Zuberi, in anticipation of the release of their new short film, “Alhamdu” (2021).  It is a joyous … Continue reading Review: Alhamdu and Exclusive Interview with Creative Director Sumer Zuberi

Why Princess Fiona from “Shrek” Is An All Star

It seems incredible that Dreamworks “Shrek” is now twenty years old. This cult classic burst onto our screens on the 18th May 2001, with it’s talented cast of actors (Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and the awesome John Lithgow), “Shrek” transformed the CGI animated landscape forever. While, many articles and think pieces are analysing the film and its characters as a whole, I have decided to focus on the film’s true hero: Princess Fiona. Continue reading Why Princess Fiona from “Shrek” Is An All Star

Film Review: MainStream

Year: 2020 Runtime: 94 minutes . Director: Gia Coppola Starring: Maya Hawke, Andrew Garfield, Nat Wolff By: Tom Moore The sophomore feature film from writer/director Gia Coppola, “Mainstream”(2021), is another dive into the toxic side of rising social media stardom that doesn’t live up to its potential. The film is a cautionary tale of searching for stardom that follows a young girl named Frankie (Maya … Continue reading Film Review: MainStream

Review: Before/During/After

Year: 2021 Runtime: 83 minutes Directors: Stephen Kunken and Jack Lewars Writer: Finnerty Steeves Stars: Finnerty Steeves, Jeremy Davidson By Nicole Ackman Stories about relationships falling apart can often be much more interesting than those about two people getting together. Looking at how a couple can attempt to make things work and ultimately fail often allows for more nuance than a more straightforward romance film … Continue reading Review: Before/During/After