“A Beautiful Mind”
After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.
Director: Ron Howard
Writers: Akiva Goldsman, Sylvia Nasar
Staring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris
Streaming: Amazon Prime
Release Date: January 4, 2002
I love a good recommendation. Credit to my therapist for telling me to watch A Beautiful Mind.
Ron Howard directs this decade-spacing drama following the life and tribulations of the brillant John Nash (Russell Crowe) and his wife, Alica (Jessica Connelly). A Beautiful Mind takes a traditional biopic template but blends deeper lessons involving mental health and accepting one’s past and flaws. It is a movie that does not have any stunning, standout features, but as a sum of all its parts, it is a clinically well-told story.
“The Clovehitch Killer”
A picture-perfect family is shattered when the work of a serial killer hits too close to home.
Director: Duncan Skiles
Writer: Christopher Ford
Staring: Dylan McDermott, Charlie Plummer, Madisen Beaty
Release Date: November 16, 2018
The Clovehitch Killer is a 2018 independent crime drama that tells the story of how a small town serial killer can lead to upheaval in a small town and amongst a perfect family. The serial killer, known as the The Clovehitch Killer, is played by Dylan McDermott and his dual life begins to be questioned by his sone Tyler (Charlie Plummer) and his friend Kassi (Madisen Beaty).
“Fear Street Part Three: 1666”
The origins of Sarah Fier’s curse are finally revealed as history comes full circle on a night that changes the lives of Shadysiders forever.
Director: Leigh Janiak
Writers: Phil Graziadei, Leigh Janiak, Kate Trefry, R.L. Stine
Staring: Kiana Madeira, Ashley Zukerman, Gillian Jacobs, Benjamin Flores
Release Date: July 16, 2021
A movie surprise is a wonderful surprise. The Fear Street trilogy as a whole has been an unexpected revelation and Fear Street Part Three: 1666 ensures that the story concludes in a bloody, violent, and scary good way. Netflix and horror movie fans should thank Leigh Janiak and everyone involved with the Fear Street project for creating something that is enjoyable on its own while also generating the possibility for creating a horror movie universe.
The linchpin for this trilogy, and the two better movies of the three, is Kianna Madeira. That is the biggest takeaway from Fear Street Part Three: 1666. This Netflix exposure is her first big-time project according to IMDB and she took the fastball from the casting director and bashed it into the next stratosphere. She sucks out all the energy on the screen. When she is scared, it is an angry scared. She has a ferocity that is enthralling. It is a “you are gonna pay for this” scared.
“Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse”
Director: Fax Habr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola
Writer: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper
Streaming: Amazon Movie Rental
Release Date: December 6, 1991
Francis Ford Coppola is one of the most revered filmmakers of all time, and in Hearts Of Darkness: A Film Maker’s Apocalypse (1991), fans of he and movie-making as a whole get a chance to wade in the swamp of one of the most difficult movie productions of all time.
Apocalypse Now (1979) is revered as one of the best war movies ever made and as a stunningly unique look at the Vietnam War. The polished finished product is nothing what Coppola or America expected with all the budgeting, casting and production problems that plagued the over 200-day shoot. I mean, Martin Sheen also died of a heart attack!
“Space Jam: A New Legacy”
A rogue artificial intelligence kidnaps the son of famed basketball player LeBron James, who then has to work with Bugs Bunny to win a basketball game.
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Writer: Juel Taylor, Tony Rettenmaier, Keenan Coogler
Staring: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Cedric Joe, Sonequa Martin-Green
Streaming: HBO Max
Release Date: July 16, 2021
Let’s get this out on the table first. No one expected Space Jam: A New Legacy to be a good movie. Expectations for it for MOVIE fans were middling. Maybe for LEBRON JAMES fans, they were higher.
With that said, Space Jam: A New Legacy is not a good movie. It is a darn good commercial for Warner Brothers and HBO Max, but that is not what I do, and we do here. As a movie, Space Jam: A New Legacy is clunky, unfunny and time stamped. Nearly every joke is weighed down by intellectual property that will eventually fade, and all of that IP is intertwined with the WB and HBO Max. The poor jokes are part of a script that seems to have been written on the fly and had the final editing down by someone who was watching Tik-Toks while falling asleep.