SXSW ONLINE 2021 REVIEW: “HOW IT ENDS”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes Director: Zoe Lister-Jones, Daryl Wein Stars: Zoe Lister-Jones, Cailee Spaeny, Whitney Cummings, Helen Hunt, Bradley Whitford, Logan Marshall Green, Olivia Wilde By Peggy Marie Shot entirely during the pandemic, “HOW IT ENDS” takes a delightfully quirky look at one young woman’s journey during her last day on Earth. While it is a bit chilling to note how the streets of … Continue reading SXSW ONLINE 2021 REVIEW: “HOW IT ENDS”

Sundance Review: “How It Ends”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 82 minutes Directors/Writers: Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones Stars: Zoe Lister-Jones, Cailee Spaeny, Whitney Cummings, Tawny Newsome, Olivia Wilde, Helen Hunt, Bradley Whitford, Lamorne Morris, Logan Marshall-Green, Angelique Cabral, Colin Hanks, Nick Kroll, Fred Armisen By Morgan Roberts “You’re on an existential scavenger hunt for your soul.” In “How It Ends” (2021), Liza (Zoe Lister-Jones) is preparing for the last day on … Continue reading Sundance Review: “How It Ends”

Editorial: It Is Exhausting Trying to Find Myself in Cinema, And That’s a Problem

Do you remember the first time you saw yourself in a movie or television show?  Do you remember the feelings that go with it?  The shock of seeing your reflection.  The little guilt that comes with your weaknesses or faults.  The elation you feel seeing yourself.  And also the relief that there is at least one person in the world who sees you, authentically and unabashedly.

I find it difficult to have those moments.  The first film that ever struck me that way was 2010’s “Easy A.”  Emma Stone stars as precocious, intelligent, ego-centric teenager Olive, who thinks she can outsmart life and feelings.  I loved that film so much.  I still feel a bit of a high every time I see it.   Continue reading Editorial: It Is Exhausting Trying to Find Myself in Cinema, And That’s a Problem

JC’s Top 20 Movies Of 2019

As we approach the end of 2019, the ITOL team are compiling their end of year lists of their favourite films. Here’s James Cain’s list and his personal top 20 films of 2019!

Another year, another fresh bout of shame. I didn’t see “Hustlers”! I didn’t fit “Always Be My Maybe” onto my list of favourite movies! Anyway, here are my Top 20 Films of 2019. Continue reading JC’s Top 20 Movies Of 2019

ITOL 2019 Round-up: Booksmart

Staring Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, Olivia Wilde’s comedic coming-of-age film “Booksmart” follows two overachievers who attempt to cram years of high school fun into one night. Yet, their friendship will be tested when they are confronted with the changes and obstacles that come with graduation and growing up.

One of the main messages of this film revolves around the importance of experience and breaking out of your comfort zone. Best buds, Molly and Amy both seem to have wasted the fun times of high school by relentlessly studying so they decide to turn the night before graduation into the ultimate high school experience. Continue reading ITOL 2019 Round-up: Booksmart

ITOL Top Films of the Decade, Entry No. 3: Booksmart

n Olivia Wilde’s 2019 directorial debut “Booksmart”, two bright high school seniors learn that they mess up. Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) are Ivy League school-bound and learn on their last day of school that the partiers and burnouts, also got into those same schools. That is because, as one character said, they are “incredible at handjobs but got a 1560 on the SATs.” They did both. Molly, more distraught than Amy, resolves that their last night of high school should have the two most studious girls go to a house party.

The plot sounds simple. The early presented troupes seem familiar. But “Booksmart” is more than just your typical high school movie. It is a wild ride about self-discovery, learning that the cover doesn’t always match what’s inside, and love. Continue reading ITOL Top Films of the Decade, Entry No. 3: Booksmart

Gems, Hustlers and Keepers: 2020 Independent Spirit Awards nominations

The 2020 Independent Spirit Awards nominations have recently been announced with Roger Eggers “The Lighthouse” and Benny Safdie and  Josh Safdie‘s “Uncut Gems” being nominated for five awards including Best Director. The other big films to receive multiple nominations also include Alma Har’el‘s “Honey Boy” and Music Box’s comedy “Give Me Liberty”. Out of the six directors nominated for best director, two of the nominees … Continue reading Gems, Hustlers and Keepers: 2020 Independent Spirit Awards nominations

Booksmart Censorship Controversy: The Prejudiced Censorship of the Human Experience

It was disheartening to read that a butchered version of one of this year’s best films, “Booksmart”, was shown on Delta’s aeroplanes. It was reported that “A version of the coming-of-age comedy that is being shown on Delta doesn’t include a hookup scene between two teenage girls and eliminates references to female sexuality.” Thankfully, Delta has recognized the problem and is now making the film available in its entirety. This whole story must be discussed as it says some telling things about prejudices and biases that, sadly, are still present today. Continue reading Booksmart Censorship Controversy: The Prejudiced Censorship of the Human Experience

School’s Out Forever? Exploring Why Booksmart Flopped At The Box Office

Olivia Wilde‘s “Booksmart” currently has an approval rating of 97% over at Rotten Tomatoes, the film received many raving reviews, and Film Twitter became obsessed with the film. However, despite all the love and praise, it seemed that nothing coul save “Booksmart” from becoming a Box Office Bomb. The film made just $8.7 million over the weekend despite a wide release on 2,500 screens. “Booksmart”‘s … Continue reading School’s Out Forever? Exploring Why Booksmart Flopped At The Box Office