Comedy

Review: Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Review: Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Year: 1982 | Rating: I, as a rule, do not like '80s high school coming-of-age films. The Breakfast Club is one of my least favorite films of all time and I've found that a lot of these "Brat Pack" films do not age well at all and are unrelatable to most audiences who grew up in post-9/11 society, with their outdated social politics, idealism, and tone of wealthy white privilege. I'd always heard that Fast Times at Ridgemont High was an exception to this generalization, but given how often I've been burnt by "beloved" '80s classics, I've always been hesitant to give it a chance. Well, I…
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Review: Sing 2

Review: Sing 2

Year: 2021 | Rating: This may be a surprise to some of you, but I was actually looking forward to Sing 2 with cautious optimism. Illumination doesn't have the greatest track record of not making obnoxious movies that appeal to kids more than adults (in fairness, I'm not sure that can be considered a fault of an animation studio), but I rather enjoyed the first installment, so I was at the very least curious to see if director Garth Jennings could deliver the goods for a second time. And you know what? This movie isn't half bad. I know that doesn't sound like the…
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The Jackass Films, Ranked

The Jackass Films, Ranked

Before there was TikTok, or Vine, or even YouTube, there was MTV's Jackass TV series, which fed viewers (mostly teenage boys and young men) a constant, uninterrupted stream of dudes with questionable intelligence performing ridiculous stunts (with often disastrous results) and tormenting each other with disgusting or dangerous pranks. Even though the show only ran for three seasons between 2000 and 2001, the concept proved so popular and the group of lovably bone-headed guys proved so beloved that the series was spun-off into multiple subsequent TV shows and, perhaps more culturally significantly, a total of nine feature-length films. While it…
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Review: Jerry & Marge Go Large

Review: Jerry & Marge Go Large

Year: 2022 | Rating: After having seen ads on TV for the past couple of weeks, Jerry & Marge Go Large is a movie that I maybe wouldn't normally have been too interested in, especially since it's a Paramount+ exclusive in a time when movies are returning to theaters. It can be a red flag. But the fastest way to get me to see a movie that I'm on the fence about is to cast great actors, and Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening have a consistent track record of being great in everything that they're in, so I decided to give this…
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Review: Bad News Bears (2005)

Review: Bad News Bears (2005)

Year: 2005 | Rating: Look, I'm likely the biggest Richard Linklater fan you'll ever meet, and there's a reason why Bad News Bears was the last feature-length narrative film that I hadn't seen from him. I totally get what drew him to this project; he's a lifelong baseball fan, and after the success of School of Rock (2003), I understand the impulse to strike while the iron is hot and go back to that well. And with the writing duo behind Bad Santa (also 2003) teaming back up with Billy Bob Thornton, I can see why on paper this project seemed like a home-run (shameless…
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Quick Hits: My Fake Boyfriend, Justice League: The New Frontier, Windfall

Quick Hits: My Fake Boyfriend, Justice League: The New Frontier, Windfall

Quick Hits In the latest edition of Quick Hits, we've got a gay movie made by BuzzFeed that brings shame to the Queer Cinema Movement, one of the weaker films in the DC Animation Universe series, and a minimalist crime thriller that is well worth your time. My Fake Boyfriend Year: 2022 | Rating: My Fake Boyfriend is, without a doubt, one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life. I knew when I saw the Buzzfeed Studios production logo at the beginning of the film that I should significantly lower my expectations, and yet it still managed…
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Short/Feature: Breaking Fast

Short/Feature: Breaking Fast

Breaking Fast The Short: Year: 2015 | Rating: In a bizarre twist that I absolutely did not see coming, I liked the short version of Breaking Fast much better than the feature that it ended up being adapted into. The actors were much more natural; so much so, in fact, that the whole "Kal-El" bit that was cringe-worthy in the feature was actually adorably awkward here. This short, which focuses mostly on Kal and Mo's first "date," feels almost Before Sunrise (1995)-esque at times, a tone which is painfully absent from the feature; in fact, as I mention below, it lacked…
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Quick Hits: The Little Hours, G.B.F., Push

Quick Hits: The Little Hours, G.B.F., Push

Quick Hits In this edition of Quick Hits, I review a strange comedy about temptation and repression, a gay Mean Girls knockoff that is anything but "fetch," and a bizarre sci-fi thriller that is far too convoluted for its own good. The Little Hours Year: 2017 | Rating: The Little Hours is a very strange film that I am having a very hard time deciding how I felt about it. On one hand, this was billed as a comedy, and I didn't really think that it was that funny. Aubrey Plaza's shtick didn't land for me in the opening scene, and…
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Review: Fire Island

Review: Fire Island

Year: 2022 | Rating: I am literally shocked by the unanimously positive reception that Fire Island has received. I don't check reviews before I watch a film, so it's absolutely blowing my mind that it currently sits at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and 3.7 on Letterboxd. Do we all collectively have a lower bar for gay content? But then again, so do I, and Fire Island still failed to clear it. Horrible voiceover, a horrible main character, a horrible love interest, a confusing timeline, never more than just a chuckle at the few jokes that landed. I also wonder who, exactly, this movie…
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Review: The Bob’s Burgers Movie

Review: The Bob’s Burgers Movie

Year: 2022 | Rating: I'm just going to be honest, in the first few minutes of The Bob's Burgers Movie, I had a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach as I realized that one of my most anticipated movies of the year wasn't going to live up to my expectations. The voices, the animation style, the overall tone...it just felt off to me, for reasons that I still can't exactly put my finger on. But then the certified bop of an opening number, "Sunny Side Up Summer," got rolling and I felt much more optimistic that this was going to be a…
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