Paul Feig has a dark side! The Bridesmaids director diverted from his usual path of comedy and decided to dip his toes into the thriller genre. This film piqued many people’s interest - myself included - when Blake Lively unfollowed everyone she knew on Instagram and started following women named “Emily Nelson” with a new bio reading, “What happened to Emily?” It was a brilliant PR stunt… and it worked. I had to learn more about Emily.Read more
I can honestly say that I’ve never heard of Nelly Arcan. When I read the logline for this film, I was instantly intrigued!
“Nelly” is directed by Montreal-based Canadian director and screenwriter Anne Émond. It's based on the life of high-end prostitute turned international best selling author, Nelly Arcan. Our story follows Isabelle Fortier who goes by “Nelly Arcan” later in life – a pen name of her choosing. She was a top-line escort that later adopted the pseudonym “Nelly Arcan” while writing her first novel, Putain (Whore), which contained elements that pertained to her own life at the time. The book shot her into superstardom and became an international best-seller, winning two of France’s most prestigious literary awards: The Prix Médicis and the Prix Fémina. As time went on, she struggled to match the success of her debut novel. She became doubtful of her skills and spiraled downward into drug usage, alcoholism, and crippling depression. She ended up committing suicide in 2009.Read more
Of the 122 feature films that premiered at Sundance, 37% were directed by women. Desiree Akhavan was one of those women and her film, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post”, went on to win the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic competition. It’s based on the book by Emily M. Danforth, and all of the positive chatter around it is SO well earned.Read more
I’m a big fan of romantic comedies and a definite hopeless romantic. These kinds of movies have always held a very special place in my heart, especially when I was a teenager. I loved envisioning Heath Ledger singing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” while dancing across the football stadium bleachers for me (and I know I’m not the only one who dreamt of that!) Alas, that didn’t happen, but that scene from “10 Things I Hate About You” remains one of my favorites and still brings a smile to my face every time I watch it. It has a lasting effect, and THAT is a sign of a good rom-com. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” tugs at those same heartstrings.Read more
My first introduction to Daveed Diggs’ wide array of talent was in Hamilton when he sang and danced his heart out as Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson. He blew me away! I mean, who could resist that smiling face singing “What’d I Miss”? And when I heard at Sundance that he had written a movie, I was sold.
Blindspotting tells the story of two young men. Collin (Daveed Diggs) and his troublesome best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), are movers that watch closely as the neighborhoods of Oakland, California, are gentrified to a trendy, hipster-esque, crowd. Collin is on his last few days of probation. One night he witnesses a young black man get shot by a white police officer, causing him to miss his curfew. After this event, Collin and Miles struggle to keep their friendship afloat as this evolving Oakland uncovers the differences that the two of them face.Read more
ANOTHER film that got an immense amount of buzz at Sundance! And pretty much everywhere else that it screened… Sorry to Bother You is written and directed by rapper Boots Riley and is one wild and eye-opening ride from start to finish. From the very beginning, it straps you in for a whirlwind roller coaster of comedy and unabashed political honesty. It’s original, ambitious, and unafraid to speak truth to power.Read more
I was originally going to see The Tale during my quick trip to Sundance but was unable to attend. I patiently waited to see if it would be picked up for distribution. Luckily for me (and to everyone’s surprise) the film was acquired by HBO. This was on everyone’s mind during the festival, popping up in conversation amongst almost every movie-goer, so you can imagine my anticipation in seeing what all of the chatter was about.
The Tale was written and directed by Jennifer Fox. She has frequented Sundance in the past with her documentaries, but this time her movie was featured in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. It’s a vulnerable memoir about Fox’s experience with sexual abuse as a teenager from her running coach, and she isn’t afraid to tell her story with complete transparency.Read more
I have been anticipating this movie for months now, and that anticipation really hit a high note after it premiered at SXSW (the DAY BEFORE I GOT THERE… still bitter) and positive reviews came pouring in. John Krasinski’s film is a smashing success.
For weeks it remained at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes… now at 98%, which is still AMAZING.Read more
Everyone and their mother knows I’m a big dog lover. I’ve got two big fur-babies that I love very, very much. So that was definitely a hefty contributor to my dire need to see this movie.
Isle of Dogs comes from the mastermind of perfectly symmetrical scenes with vibrant colors and quirky writing, Wes Anderson. It stars a whole slew of famous folk: Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum and Greta Gerwig just to name a few.Read more
Advocating for women in media is something very close to my heart, as many of you already know. So it’s not surprising that this was my top pick for a movie to see while I was at SXSW.
Directed by Amy Adrion, Half the Picture is a documentary about the severe lack of female directors in the film industry. It’s comprised of multiple women we know and love. A few of them being Ava DuVernay, Penelope Spheeris, Gina Prince-Blythewood, Brenda Chapman and so many others. This film is being released at just the right time. Hollywood is evolving, and with the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements in a constant motion, this film is a perfect fit into the mold.Read more