On the latest episode of CinemAddicts, we spotlight writer/director Justin Chon’s evocative second feature Ms. Purple. Set in Koreatown, which is an often overlooked yet substantial section of Los Angeles, the story centers on Kasie (Tiffany Chu) a young woman who is caring for her dying father (James Kang).
Kasie makes money working as a paid hostess at karaoke bars, and when her father’s caregiver abruptly quits, she’s forced to depend on her irresponsible brother Carey (Teddy Lee) to help carry the load.
Justin Chon continues his partnership with Gookcinematographer Ante Cheng, and credit goes to both artists for delivering a slice of Los Angeles life that is rarely portrayed on the silver screen. The feature is currently playing in Los Angeles and it hits New York on September 13 (a wider release on September 20th is also scheduled).
CinemAddicts co-host Anderson Cowan’s debut feature Groupers (also shot in Los Angeles) is also premiering this month for an exclusive Los Angeles run at the Laemmle on September 27. Cowan discusses Groupers to open the the episode, and along with Ms. Purple I also reviewed the excellent film Monos which opens in select theaters this Friday. Take a listen to the latest episode of CinemAddicts below!
Directed by Kim Farrant (Strangerland), Angel of Mine centers on a woman (Noomi Rapace) who believes her daughter is actually being raised by a neighbor (Yvonne Strahovski). The catch is the woman’s daughter died in a fire years ago!
Powered by a strong performance from Rapace, Angel of Mine is first rate thriller that should appeal to fans of the genre. Co-starring Luke Evans, the feature hits theaters and On Demand come August 30.
Other films covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts is The Fanatic, John Travolta’s latest film, and the Sir Ben Kingsley spy drama Spider in the Web. Take a listen to our show below:
If you’re in search of a first rate documentary to check out in theaters this month, Sea of Shadows should fit the bill. Directed by Richard Ladkani (The Ivory Game) and executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, the project focuses on the push to save the vaquita porpoise, an endangered whale species that resides near the Sea of Cortez.
Mexican drug cartels cast their nets in the vicinity to catch totoaba, a fish that is highly valuable in the Chinese market for its supposed medicinal purposes, and vaquita have become collateral damage in this illegal fishing. Ladkani approaches the subject from different vantage points, as we witness a group of scientists mounting an ambitious operation to save the vaquita. Broadcast journalist Carlos Loret De Mola is also prominently featured in the doc, as well as a non-profit conservation organization called Sea Shepherd.
Sea of Shadows is not your average talking head documentary, as it puts us right into the action of various missions to either expose an operation or patrol the ocean. Opening July 12, this project from National Geographic Documentary Films won the Sundance Audience Award.
Also covered on this episode of CinemAddicts are my reviews of Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, The Farewell and Phil, a feature which marks Greg Kinnear’s directing debut. Take a listen below!
Hampstead centers on Emily (Diane Keaton), a widow who’s living in the upper class confines of London’s most desirable neighborhoods. Emily’s sheltered life takes a turn for the unexpected after she meets an Irish squatter named Donald (Brendan Gleeson) who has been living off the land across her apartment. For years Donald has lived off the land, living in a makeshift cabin and doing his best to keep to himself.
When his home is threatened when real estate developers come knocking on his door, Emily teams up with Donald to stop the process and keep his home. These mismatched loners ultimately form a romantic bond, but can it weather the stress caused by their respective fight against this planned development?
Keaton and Gleeson both deliver resonant work in what ends up being a light and engaging comedy. Now playing in select theaters and available on VOD, Hampstead is worth a watch if you’re a fan of romantic comedies and are enthusiasts of the lead actors. Other films covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts include Funan, I Am Mother, and Maiden. Take a listen below!
On the latest episode of CinemAddicts, we review several movies (Brightburn, John Wick 3, Booksmart) that made a respective splash back in May and we also provide a preview for this month’s biggest releases (Dark Phoenix and Toy Story 4).
Also reviewed on our program is The Biggest Little Farm, a first rate documentary about a couple who purchase a 200 acre farm in Moorpark, California. Emmy winning documentarian John Chester, who directed the film, and his wife Molly left the confines of Los Angeles to create an organic farm filled with animals, vegetables and fruit. Since the land is essentially barren and abandoned, the Chesters’ ambitious goals won’t be achieved overnight.
The Biggest Little Farm chronicles eight years in their journey, and watching their respective victories and heartache makes for immersive and ultimately inspiring viewing. For more information on the film as well as Apricot Lane Farms, check out their official site.
It was back in 2001 when Anne Hathaway starred in The Princess Diariesand, in effect, began her road to stardom. Earlier this year Hathaway divulged that a third installment was a possibility as a script had been written. The actress and Julie Andrews are both interested in another go round, which is great news.
We covered the roundtables for The Princess Diariesway back when, and during our first interview with Hathaway she expressed her love for the project. “The great part about the film is it does have a lot of really important messages in it but it doesn’t address it in any sort of preachy or didactic way,” said Hathaway. “I think it really is very straightforward and something that everyone could relate to and it’s not sappy. It’s not cheesy or corny. It’s a really good movie and I’m really proud of it.”
Andrews’ iconic work includes The Sound of Musicand Mary Poppins(she also performed a great rendition of “Getting To Know You” for The King and I studio cast recording), so it was understandable if Hathaway was a bit nervous the first time she met the actress. Click on the media bar to hear Anne Hathaway discuss the first time she met Julie Andrews: The full interview of Hathaway is available on the latest episode of Matt and Greg Used To Interview Movie Stars.