Sundance Review: “On The Count of Three”

Year: 2021Runtime: 84 minutesDirector: Jerrod CarmichaelWriters: Ari Katcher, Ryan WelchStars: Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Abbott, Tiffany Haddish, Henry Winkler By Morgan Roberts *Warning: This review discusses suicide and mental health distress* On the count of 1…2…3. Friends Val (Jerrod Carmichael) and Kevin (Christopher Abbott) have planned to have one last day. At the end of the day, they plan to kill themselves in a suicide pact. … Continue reading Sundance Review: “On The Count of Three”

Sundance Review: “The World To Come”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 98 minutes Director: Mona Fastvold Writer: Ron Hansen and Jim Shepard Stars: Katherine Waterston, Vanessa Kirby, Casey Affleck, Christopher Abbott By Morgan Roberts “Tuesday, January 1st, 1856.” Our film begins at the start of a new year. Abigail (Katherine Waterston) and her husband Dyer (Casey Affleck) bleakly begin the year ahead. It is Upstate New York, rural and farming. After a tragic … Continue reading Sundance Review: “The World To Come”

NiGHTSTREAM Review: Black Bear

One of the strongest and most compelling elements of “Black Bear” is Plaza’s performance as she truly commands the screen with Allison’s controlling personality. She’s clearly comes with a purpose that she’s keeping hidden to herself and although she’s never exactly truthful with what she’s saying, Plaza constantly piques your curiosity just to keep you wondering what’s true and what’s not. Allison is also a huge provocateur, at least in the first half of the film, as she elevates issues between Blair and Gabe by throwing opinions out there and trying to back pedal out of it. Even for her causing a rift between these two likely for the sake of some dramatic inspiration, there’s still a distinct charm that Plaza brings to the character that keeps you invested and intrigued by everything she does. Continue reading NiGHTSTREAM Review: Black Bear