‘Whirlybird’ Offers Intensely Personal Look at L.A. History (Review)

It’s difficult now to imagine a time before the 24-hour news cycle. Breaking news and remote coverage are part of our everyday lives, whether we like it or not. There was a married couple in Los Angeles who were at the forefront of the shift in news coverage starting in the mid-80s. Robert Tur andContinue reading “‘Whirlybird’ Offers Intensely Personal Look at L.A. History (Review)”

Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” a Ride Worth Taking (Review)

After the wild success of five movies based on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride that collectively earned over $4.5 billion at the global box office, it shouldn’t be surprising that Disney would adapt more of their famous theme park attractions for the big screen. When I first heard that they were going to makeContinue reading “Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” a Ride Worth Taking (Review)”

Sundance Hit ‘How It Ends’ Brings The Apocalypse Home (Review)

When the end credits began to roll on its brisk 82-minute running time, I said to my partner how much I enjoyed “How It Ends” and that it reminded me of the glory days of American independent film in the 90s. He laughed and noted that the whole time he was thinking about Richard Linklater’sContinue reading “Sundance Hit ‘How It Ends’ Brings The Apocalypse Home (Review)”

“Fear Street” Trilogy Brings The Thrills (Review)

R.L. Stine’s original “Fear Street” book series was a step up from his “Goosebumps” books that offered age-appropriate scares for young readers. Director Leigh Janiak has taken things a lot further, accelerating the “Fear Street” series into full-blown R-rated territory with a captivating trilogy that recently launched on Netflix. Originally conceived as a theatrical playContinue reading ““Fear Street” Trilogy Brings The Thrills (Review)”

‘Gunpowder Milkshake’ is Filled With Candy-Colored Carnage (Review)

Director Navot Papushado made a splash at genre festivals worldwide when he co-directed his first movie “Rabies” in 2010, which was pushed as the “first feature-length Israeli horror film.” His third feature also marks his English-language debut and he rounded up an incredible cast of kick-ass women for an ultraviolent tale of revenge. “Guardians ofContinue reading “‘Gunpowder Milkshake’ is Filled With Candy-Colored Carnage (Review)”

Young Poets Shine in “Summertime” (Review)

In the spring of 2019, Carlos López Estrada (“Blindspotting”) attended a poetry showcase hosted by a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization called Get Lit: Words Ignite. He was so inspired by the young poets who performed that he rounded up all of them and worked with some of his closest filmmaking friends to put to aContinue reading “Young Poets Shine in “Summertime” (Review)”

Take a Wild “First Date” This Holiday Weekend (Review)

A debut film can often act as a calling card in the industry. Even if it doesn’t find a huge audience, the right buzz can earn enough of a following to become a cult classic and lay the groundwork for bigger things. That, in a nutshell, is exactly what I anticipate will happen for ManuelContinue reading “Take a Wild “First Date” This Holiday Weekend (Review)”

Questlove Takes Us Back to the “Summer Of Soul” (Review)

Winner of the U.S. Documentary Competition’s Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” is the filmmaking debut from Roots drummer extraordinaire Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and one of the year’s most exhilarating films. In the summer of 1969, over 400,000Continue reading “Questlove Takes Us Back to the “Summer Of Soul” (Review)”

Tribeca 2021: “Wolfgang” (Review)

The launch of Spago in 1982 put Wolfgang Puck on the map and, next to perhaps only Julia Child a few decades prior, he became one of the first celebrity chefs to fully integrate into popular culture. His life from growing up in an abusive household in Austria to the commercialization of “California Cuisine” isContinue reading “Tribeca 2021: “Wolfgang” (Review)”

Tribeca 2021: “Werewolves Within” (Review)

It takes a very careful balance to create a successful horror comedy film. If you want to expand beyond genre lovers, you need a strong cast of characters and a way to still have some impactful scares and enough laughter to lighten the mood along the way. Mishna Wolff (with her first screenplay) and directorContinue reading “Tribeca 2021: “Werewolves Within” (Review)”