Seoul Searching is an unabashedly spirited homage to the John Hughes teenage comedies from the 1980s (most notably The Breakfast Club), and though the movie traverses widely tread terrain, writer-director Benson Lee and an engaging ensemble are up for the challenge.
It’s 1986, and a lively group of Korean teenagers from all over [...]
Elle Fanning delivers a standout and emotionally naked performance in The Neon Demon, director Nicolas Winding Refn’s stylized and uncompromising look at the price and vagaries of beauty.
Jesse (Fanning) is a 16-year-old with modeling ambitions and her arrival to Los Angeles leads to an extended stay at a rundown Pasadena motel (Keanu Reeves is the [...]
Released this week on DVD, The Spoils Before Dying is a six-episode miniseries which is a follow-up to Eric Jonrosh’s (Will Ferrell) bestselling novel The Spoils of Babylon. Of course, Jonrosh is a complete concoction and Ferrell infuses the pretentious and hedonistic scribe with Orson Welles-ish flourishes.
Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) is [...]
Brian De Palma grew up a fan of the French New Wave and Alfred Hitchcock films, and during the early 1970s he already had a few films under his belt. With George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Paul Schrader among his friends, De Palma was part of an entirely new “wave” of storytellers, and [...]
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, one glance or reaction from newcomer Royalty Hightower is all you need to soak into the Cincinnati set universe of The Fits, an occasionally surreal and refreshingly introspective look at the a young girl’s evolving maturity.
Toni (Hightower) is an [...]
On this week’s episodes of our CinemAddicts podcast, Anderson Cowan and I review the new films Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, The Fits, and Approaching The Unknown.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is a hilarious mockumentary which is the latest work from The Lonely Island members Adam Samberg, Jorma [...]
As far as superhero franchises go, the X-Men franchise is one of the most enduring. Having revitalized the brand a few years ago by taking the plot back a few decades and recasting younger actors in already established roles and carefully introducing new characters into the X-Men movie universe, the films have thrived. But we’re now onto [...]
Hard Sell is actually a rather easy sell, as coming of age movies featuring a quick witted teenager who learns a thing or two about life from a sexy young woman (think Risky Business) should draw a healthy level of attention. Thankfully, writer-director Sean Nalaboff steers clear of the [...]
If one were to jump to conclusions, the assumption behind Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising was it would be a rehash of the original and an innocuous cash grab from Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and company. Thankfully, that’s not the case, as the sequel actually brings a fresh take to this suburban adults versus energetic college [...]
It’s episode 19 of the Hollywood Outbreak/Cold Cockle Productions podcast CinemAddicts, and this week we review two films that throw a bit of a supernatural and creepy element to the mix.
First up is The Lobster and it centers on David (Colin Farrell), a lonelyheart who’s recently dumped by his wife. Set in the near [...]