Farce, to me, occupies a place between the Shakespearean comedies of people falling in love and the modern romcom. False Confessions is a 21st century update of an 18th century French farce. If it seems stagy it is because of more than just its historical roots.
This week, Steve teams up with Peter Percival (YouTube’s Bearded Movie Guy) and Jeff Baker (Geek Orthodox podcast) to talk about SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING! Peter Parker has swung back into theatres (and the Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his 6th film in the last 15 years. Have his web-fluid gotten stale? Or should our spider-sense be tingling… [Read More]
Life is a series of transitions, bookended by the two great transitions of birth and death. But along the way there are many more shifts in our lives—some trivial, others more profound. The Midwife is a story of the transitions of life that is (like life) a mixture of humor and poignancy.
Bill Randa (John Goodman) assembles a crack team of explorers in his quest to justify expenditures for his company, Monarch, in the days after Vietnam. With photojournalist Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), tracker James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston), soldier Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson), and geologist Houston Brooke (Corey Hawkins), Randa goes looking for a way to… [Read More]
In Lionsgate’s wild bullet party, Justine (Brie Larson) facilitates the sale of weapons from an IRA buyer, Chris (Cilian Murphy), and the South African seller, Vernon (Sharlto Copley), in Boston warehouse in the 1970s. But like every criminal enterprise (ever?) things go south when complications occur. Will anyone make it out of the warehouse alive?… [Read More]
With great homework comes great responsibility. Spider-Man: Homecoming brings us back to Peter ‘s high school years (he’s fifteen) as he tries to balance his family, friends, homework, and an ongoing application to join the Avengers. Publicly claiming to be a member of the ‘Stark Internship’, young Peter is secretly being mentored by Tony Stark… [Read More]
In David Lowery’s A Ghost Story, “C” (Casey Affleck) dies in an accident and comes back as a ghost. But unlike Patrick Swayze’s clay-molding physicality, C’s disembodiment from his past life is obvious thanks to a white sheet with two eyeholes and a silent existence through the remaining hour or so of the film. And still,… [Read More]
Recently, Steve Norton and I were lucky enough to attend an advance screening of The Big Sick in Toronto, which had two surprise guests – Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon! This film had already been released in select cities in the States at the time of the advance screening, and will have… [Read More]
This week, author Jeffrey Overstreet rolls in to talk with Steve about BABY DRIVER, Edgar Wright’s hit heist film! This film has it all — action, romance and a fantastic playlist — but is there more to the story? In a fun conversation, they talk about defining ourselves and what it means to be ‘good’…. [Read More]
Flik is an inventor – an individualist – who tries to do things on his own. As A Bug’s Life begins, he gets the rest of the ant population in serious trouble with the grasshopper leader, Hopper, by accidentally destroying the homage they are expected to provide. But before he finds himself ostracized on the outside of… [Read More]