Based on the trailers it feels like a dysfunctional family film meets coming of age comedy set in the 90s. While it has aspects of both, it never really hits its mark. Instead, the story focuses on infidelity and gently telling the audience that monogamy is but a myth.
With the surplus of romantic comedies being released to audiences every year it takes a lot of variables for one to stand above the rest.
As of yet, there really hasn’t been a good comedy in 2017. Now, in way to rectify that, Universal Pictures and director Malcolm D. Lee present the newest comedy film Girls Trip. Does this latest comedy romp rise above its 2017 predecessors or does it fail (like so many others) to find its humor within its story?
What happens when your brain turns you against the substances your body needs to survive? Eating disorders cause years of strife for those afflicted, and left untreated, result in death. Around eight million people in the United States alone suffer from eating disorders. Yet, there are nearly zero films tackling the subject. To an extent, that’s understandable. It’s tricky, sensitive subject matter. On the other hand, there is power in art. And a film that realistically depicts the struggles of eating disorders just might save lives.
As we reach the halfway point of the year it only make sense that we start taking stock of the year in film so far. As I was looking at all the movies I’ve seen so far this year I was struck with a surprising hit of positivity. Continue reading “Best and Worst Movies of 2017 So Far (Josh Tapley’s Take)”
Well, we’re almost at the end of June and that means we’re at the halfway point of the 2017 year. Many movies have come out since January with some being good, some bad, and some somewhere in the middle. So, here’s my top 5 worst and best movies (so far) of 2017.
“Band-Aid” was another audience favorite at Sundance this year and so naturally, it was quickly added to my watch-list following it’s World Premiere screening at the festival. Since then, the film has now been released into US theatres and on Select VOD platforms following a short but equally well received festival run and thanks to the folks at IFC Films – I got my chance to check it out recently.
Well, the halfway point of 2017 is rapidly approaching. And all the dust has settled around who won best picture. So, let’s talk about the five best and the five worst films I’ve seen all year. We’ll start with the bad news.
Developing a biopic involves many big choices. If a person’s life warrants a biopic then chances are there are a plethora of events that could be depicted cinematically. Recent successful biopics have shown the best method is to focus on specific events to illustrate a single aspect of someone’s life. Lincoln showed how the 13th amendment was passed. Selma focused on the events surrounding the titular march. Even Steve Jobs focused in on three specific product launches. The filmmakers behind these project looked at the entire life of their subjects and chose specific things to focus on in order to convey their life’s work in a 2-hour experience. Unfortunately for Tupac fans, All Eyez On Me has opted for the “throw everything at the wall and see if anything sticks” approach to biopic filmmaking.
Sharks. There’s something about them that both terrifies and fascinates a person’s mind about this carnivorous sea creatures. From their outward appearance and portrayal in both real life and in pop culture references, these cold-blooded creatures have existed since the prehistoric era and have diversified into over 500 species, including some common types of sharks such as Great White Sharks, Whale Sharks, and Hammerhead Sharks. In the realm of Hollywood, several features films have been dedicated its main narrative to being on and/or about sharks, including the most iconic one of all Steven Spielberg’s 1975 Jaws. Now, curtailing to the allure of these sea-dwelling predators, Entertainment Studios and director Johannes Roberts present the survival film 47 Meters Down. Does this movie captivate its viewers with its tale or is its mindless dribble? Continue reading “47 Meters Down – Not Deep Enough (Guest Review)”