Category: Indie

“The Last Blockbuster”

7.5

They officially outlasted Family Video! Haha

A heartwarming and fascinating documenting of the story of the little store that could. The family atmosphere and nostalgia this store projects even through the screen leaves no doubt as to why they’ve made it all this way, despite their lack of necessity in the new digital age. Not a need, but a want. A yearning for a moment back in time in the good old days of renting your favorite movie and snacks on a Friday night. Very well told and kudos to the family for keeping up the legend!

“The World to Come”

7.9

Brett’s Movie Reviews After Dark… (cue funky bass line)

You wouldn’t know it from the trailer, but this is not, in fact, an A24 horror flick.

Instead, it’s the film this Valentine’s day for the ladies out there who are getting ready to hit send on a social media post swearing off men. The two main characters hear you and raise you a steamy romance that scratches an itch neither of their husbands can collectively figure out how to, probably because one of them is sad Casey Affleck again. Who’s confidence is as flaccid as his… You get the picture. The other guy is just a straight-up abusive asshole. Neither have any redeeming qualities, so as a viewer, we see this coming a mile away.

I do have to say, the women have a great onscreen chemistry and dynamic that plays out in a way that seems very natural and unforced. In my continued flogging of the “Fifty Shades” franchise, Anastasia would have been better off in colonial America, apparently.

“Land”

8.3

Tired of living in a society? Striving to find a significant other? Contemplating moving to a remote cabin to live out your days? Well, have I got the movie for you!

It’s actually a touching tale about an attempt to outrun grief, losing all hope, then having a connection with a fellow human to restore the life force within. You’ll go through the full spectrum with this one. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll facepalm at the absurdity… You’ll leave hopeful for humankind. Cinematography as beautiful as the story. Highly recommend.

“Chick Fight”

7.2

There are chicks, and they do fight.

Alec Baldwin comes in clutch as the Mickey to our blonde Rocky working her way atop this female fight club. Malin Akerman kicks ass literally and figuratively, delivering a performance as reliable as her headbutts. Lace-up your gloves, and get ready for another Bella Thorne being a badass movie.

“The F**k it List”

7.9

They had me at Madison Iseman, but then the main character’s name is Brett?!? I’m in.

Instead of COVID, get ready to catch a case of the fuck-its.

A tale as old as time, a la “The Graduate.” A straight-A student pondering their life choices as they reach a major crossroads in their life. Once they get a taste of freedom, they throw caution to the wind and dive in. A timely update of the premise, with the main character becoming internet famous. Gary Vee would be proud.

For a newfound care-free fellow, he sure is hung up on his longtime crush. This took me out of it for a minute, as I questioned his dedication to his cause. Then I remembered my own falling into that bear trap, and decided to not fault him for having a soft spot for the feisty hot mess who keeps him in check and reminds him of a young naive Brett from two weeks ago. Sometimes, it’s time to make the “crazy” choice, and enjoy the ride.

A well balanced film, heart-laugh ratio wise. The natural beauty of the California coast on full display. A valuable lesson hidden in a fresh presentation. Well done.