REVIEW: “Barb And Star Go To Vista Del Mar”- LIONSGATE

Prepare for fun cameos, unnecessary but much loved bouts of singing, and a very different tale of friendship with Director Josh Greenbaum’s wonderfully fun “Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar.” It’s a fun throwback to a kind of comedy that you don’t see much of anymore, a delightfully silly ode to friendship and surprisingly – to culottes. With hilarious one-liners sprinkled throughout this film, it’s true core is that while romances and spies can take center stage, Barb and Star really show how true friendship will never go out of style and age, well age can be just a number. Continue reading REVIEW: “Barb And Star Go To Vista Del Mar”- LIONSGATE

Review: Wonder Woman 1984

Year: 2020 Runtime: 2 hours, 31 minutes Director: Patty Jenkins Written by: Patty Jenkins, Geoff Johns, Dave Callaham Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen By Valerie Kalfrin With its message of kindness and empathy, “Wonder Woman 1984” offers a soothing balm in a pandemic-weary year, even if getting there is a muddled journey. A regal and radiant Gal Gadot (“Justice … Continue reading Review: Wonder Woman 1984

Mental Health Awareness Month: Suicide in Comedy

Suicide is not funny. It devastates family and friends and is a thief which robs us of our loved ones. But film is not real life. It is a tool through which we tell stories, a way for filmmakers to examine issues and situations, and a way for audiences to experience any number of things in (physical) safety.

Laughter can aid in the healing and processing of painful events. But clearly, the way suicide is shown and discussed can hurt as much as it can heal.  And, although filmmakers are under no obligation to show suicide in a certain way, the potential impact of their films means that they carry responsibility. Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month: Suicide in Comedy

Retrospective Review: Whip it

In a warehouse space, a little drab around the edges, a spotlight illuminates a disco ball suspended over Jimmy Fallon holding a large microphone. He welcomes the stars of the night: women of all ages ready to compete in the roller derby. Outfitted in green vests, skirts, padding, and roller skates, the Hurl Scouts team skates as the crowd cheers them on. Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page), is in the crowd and ends up becoming a Hurl Scout. Continue reading Retrospective Review: Whip it