St. Vincent Checks in to “The Nowhere Inn” (Review)

The evolution of Annie Clark as a musician has been pretty incredible to watch over the years. From the quieter introspection of her 2007 debut album “Marry Me” to the full-on glam rock persona she has taken on more recently, she has become an award-winning artist recording as St. Vincent. Despite the acclaim and aContinue reading “St. Vincent Checks in to “The Nowhere Inn” (Review)”

Spike Lee Tackles 9/11 Anniversary and Much More in HBO Doc Series (Review)

Spike Lee has been directing for over 35 years. In addition to his many feature films, he has released multiple documentaries for HBO over the years including the Oscar-nominated “4 Little Girls” and last year’s stage recording of “David Byrne’s American Utopia.” After Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, he won three Emmys for “When theContinue reading “Spike Lee Tackles 9/11 Anniversary and Much More in HBO Doc Series (Review)”

Velvet Underground Doc Coming to Apple TV+ from Todd Haynes

This week, Apple TV+ debuted the trailer for Todd Haynes’ new film “The Velvet Underground.” The visionary director of “Poison,” “I’m Not There,” and “Carol,” takes on the original art rockers in his first ever documentary. Utilizing in-depth interviews and gorgeously restored archival footage from the Warhol Museum, Haynes’ film also features never-before-seen performances. AContinue reading “Velvet Underground Doc Coming to Apple TV+ from Todd Haynes”

“Boulevard! A Hollywood Story” (Festival Review)

When Gloria Swanson took on the role of Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder’s 1950 film “Sunset Boulevard,” it was the epitome of perfect casting. The iconic character, much like the woman who was playing her, had been a superstar in the world of silent film. The advent of “talkies” really ruined both of their careers,Continue reading ““Boulevard! A Hollywood Story” (Festival Review)”

Hulu Premieres Outrageous New Comedy “Vacation Friends” (Review)

As distribution models continue to shift thanks to COVID, we are continuing to see major studio releases get shifted over to premiere online. That has been the case with Clay Tarver’s outrageously raucous new film “Vacation Friends” as it shifted to Hulu where it premieres today. It’s safe to assume that most people have metContinue reading “Hulu Premieres Outrageous New Comedy “Vacation Friends” (Review)”

“MR. SOUL!” Now Streaming on HBO Max (Review)

I hope that, by now, you have taken some time to sit down and watch Questlove’s magnificent documentary “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” on Hulu. If you enjoyed that film as much as I did, you’re also going to want to add Melissa Haizlip’s monumental “MR. SOUL!” to yourContinue reading ““MR. SOUL!” Now Streaming on HBO Max (Review)”

Udo Kier Gives An Unforgettable Performance in “Swan Song” (Review)

Todd Stephens wrote, produced, and directed this new drama starring legendary German actor Udo Kier that had its world premiere earlier this year at the virtual edition of the SXSW festival. Older members of the LGBTQ+ community are not often given a chance to tell their stories or see themselves represented in popular culture, soContinue reading “Udo Kier Gives An Unforgettable Performance in “Swan Song” (Review)”

Sundance Hit “CODA” Comes Home (Review)

Loosely based on a 2014 French Film called “La Famille Bélier,” the second feature film from director Sian Heder introduces us to a family in Gloucester, Massachusetts where a teenage girl named Ruby (Emilia Jones) is the only member of her family who isn’t deaf. In classical music, a coda is the part of theContinue reading “Sundance Hit “CODA” Comes Home (Review)”

Nicolas Cage Returns To Form in ‘Pig’ (Review)

The last few decades have been a whirlwind of ups and downs for Nicolas Cage’s career. He’s gone from headlining blockbuster movies to frequently taking on mostly straight to video titles. Every few years he still manages to come along with a performance that is so outstanding that it defies some of the other workContinue reading “Nicolas Cage Returns To Form in ‘Pig’ (Review)”

Be Reborn With ‘Nine Days’ (Review)

In a house planted seemingly in the middle of nowhere, Will (Winston Duke, “Black Panther”) leads a mostly solitary existence. For the majority of each day, he faces a wall of televisions and VCRs watching life through the eyes of others. He takes extensive notes, recording key moments and tucking memories into filing cabinets. Will’sContinue reading “Be Reborn With ‘Nine Days’ (Review)”