On That Day in Amsterdam (c) Carol Rosegg
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
GALECA Honors The Best of TV with Dorian Awards for "Yellowjackets," "Abbott Elementary" and "Heartstopper"
Heartstopper (c) Netflix / Yellowjackets (c) Showtime / Abbott Elementary (c) ABC
GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics today announced the winners of its 14th Dorian TV Awards for both mainstream and LGBTQIA+ programs.
GALECA, comprised of 360 film, TV and pop culture critics and journalists in the U.S., Canada, Australia and U.K., chose Showtime’s "Yellowjackets" for Best TV Drama. ABC’s freshman "Abbott Elementary," star-creator Quinta Brunson’s sitcom about a devoted teacher navigating an underfunded public grade school in Philadelphia, earned Best TV Comedy. Another school-set hit, Netflix's "Heartstopper," scored Best LGBTQ TV Show for its tender tale of friendship, love and romance among a variety of Brit teens.
Monday, August 15, 2022
Fall Film Preview: The 60th New York Film Festival’s Main Slate is Your Art House Checklist for the Rest of 2022
Master Gardener (c) Hanway Film Armageddon Time (c) Focus Feature
TÁR (c) Focus Features Triangle of Sadness (c) NEON The Eternal Daughter (c) A24
In lieu of the upcoming traditional Fall Movie Preview, I would look at the main slate lineup of films in the New York Film Festival to let you know which art movies you should look forward to. Sure, the blockbusters are rarely programed here, but its catnap for you cinephiles looking to be stimulated with cool dramas, black comedies and probing documentaries. The New York Film Festival is the culmination of all the prestigious film festivals from early in the year like Sundance and Cannes to the ones of late summer like Toronto, Locarno, Telluride and Venice and they whittle down those massive film slates into the best of the fest with the occasional world premiere.
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Film Reviews: The Last Gasp of the Blockbuster Summer Season Ends With a “Bullet Train” Bang, While Modest and Uneven “They/Them” and “Luck” Debut on Streaming
Bullet Train (c) Columbia Pictures
Film Review: Bullet Train
In a movie that takes place on a Japanese bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto, you can quickly tell who the main characters in David Leitch’s latest homage to Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie are because they are mostly not Japanese. Brad Pitt plays the hapless and bad luck prone Ladybug (everybody has a code name), one of the many hired assassins who all happen to be on different missions that somehow intersect with each other. Besides Ladybug, who’s there to find a suitcase full of money and get off the next stop, there are Tangerine (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Lemon (Brian Tyree Henry), British twins (funny because they don’t look like twins and have horrible British accents) on a mission from The White Death crime boss (with that name, duh) to deliver the aforementioned briefcase and his son (Logan Lerman) to him in Kyoto. There are also The Wolf (Benito A. Martínez Ocasio, aka Bad Bunny) from Mexico, a young girl named The Prince (Joey King) and The Young Elder (Andrew Koji), a Japanese (yes, an actual Japanese) assassin, who are all on the train for personal revenge. And that’s not the half of it.
Thursday, August 4, 2022
Theater Reviews: Confronting Tragedies in “Oresteia” (Greek), “The Butcher Boy” (Community) and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (Drink)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (c) Miles Skalli