Category: Drama

“The Morning Show”

8.7

Hell of a legacy project for Jennifer Aniston. Steve Carell delves into a devious villain again, with a strong follow-up to the dad you root against the entire runtime of “The Way Way Back.” All involved deliver some of their best performances, in what turns into some of the quickest wit and high velocity dialogue you’ll experience this side of an Aaron Sorkin project. Handles heavy subject matter with grace and the respect it deserves, doesn’t shy away from the gray, and draws clear moral boundary lines when called upon. Brilliant balance in script and performance. And a cliffhanger for the ages! Can’t wait to see where this goes, and where Apple TV+ asserts itself in the streaming wars with high quality prestige pieces like this. Well done!

“Inside Game”

7.8

A great example of a story that a Hollywood screenwriter dreams of, that real life got to first. The fascinating tale of one of the most egregious sports scandals in history, just in time for legalized sports gambling sweeping the nation. Human fallibility, friendship, the beauty of competition and evils of greed… this one has it all. Well worth the hype from Donaghy himself on the radio/podcast circuit a few months back to promote the film.

“The Photograph”

7.4

Ah… a return to the old fashioned parallel stories that happen decades apart model. A welcomed return of an ageless relic. A touching story that really tugs at the heartstrings. (Thang God at least one sappy movie came out this week) The R&B during the intimate moments did bring me back to watching “The Room,” which was a nice chuckle before getting my heart ripped out again 5 minutes later. Hit a lot harder than expected and turned out to be a really well crafted story of romance, regret, and reminiscing.

“Downhill”

4.5

The guy next to me put it best as the credits started to roll. “Texting your friends to tell them to save their money?” Indeed sir, I am.

Wow… I just wasted an hour and a half of my life to go on an uncomfortable family vacation, without the ability to ski away from the drama or hook up with a snow bunny. Not fair.

No one in this film seemed to fit the role they’re cast in, and that’s putting it lightly. Think of a movie full of Debbie downers, playing against people cracking jokes that just amplify the discomfort of every situation. Fell out of love with this movie faster than the main characters fell out of love with each other. Had it not been for the fact I have a subscription and saw this for whatever fraction of $19.95 works out to this month, I’d be even more disappointed.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Seasons 1-3)

9.2 

Finally caved after seeing enough commercials at the theater, and binged in a week and a half. Loved EVERY SECOND of it! The wittiest comedy/drama this side of “The West Wing,” bravo to the cast and creator on creating such an immersive and entertaining world. The interconnecting stories involving such effortlessly rich characters had me hooked 10 minutes into the first episode. Dialogue so rich and dense, yet so rapid fire… just wow. The set designs and cinematography are gorgeous. A masterpiece that fires on all cylinders. Didn’t expect to love this as much as I have, and can’t wait for season 4! 

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