Ice Cube and Charlie Day in Fist Fight (2017)

Fist Fight: I Mean, It Is What It Is

“Oh, I thought that movie was called ‘Teacher Fight.'” That’s what the girl behind the ticket counter said when I told her I was seeing Fist Fight. Hilariously, her comment says a lot about this movie in terms of plot because, yep, that’s it. It’s a 90-minute film about two teachers getting into a fight (Thank god they didn’t stretch this out for two hours). Hell, they should’ve just called it Teacher Fight. Continue reading “Fist Fight: I Mean, It Is What It Is”

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land (2016)

La La Land: A Bittersweet Love Letter to Old Hollywood

Since its premiere at Venice Film Festival, La La Land has been everywhere, and for good reason. Directed by Damien Chazelle (of the Oscar-winning Whiplash), La La Land is like a giant love letter to Old Hollywood musicals like Singin’ in the Rain and An American in Paris. With fantastic original music, tributes to classic films from the 1940s-1960s, and a charming duo with great chemistry, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that La La Land has been nominated for Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards—and I have no doubt we’ll see it at the 89th Academy Awards, too. Continue reading “La La Land: A Bittersweet Love Letter to Old Hollywood”

Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores in Westworld (2016)

How Is 2017 Awards Season Here Already?!

Once again, limited film releases have screwed me over—hence my “Oh, shit” reaction to the 2017 Golden Globe nominations that came out today. I haven’t seen most of the films on this list because most aren’t wide releases until the end of December or beginning of January. Weirdly, I think I’ve seen more of the nominated TV shows this year. But who cares because it’s the Golden Globes, and they’re the worst. Just wait until the Screen Actors Guild nominations, which come out…WEDNESDAY?! Son of a bitch. Fine, let’s do the things. Continue reading “How Is 2017 Awards Season Here Already?!”

Office Xmas Party (2016)

Office Christmas Party: Pass on This One

For a movie that makes such an effort to poke fun at lame corporate office culture, it’s almost ironic how Office Christmas Party manages to throw a party that’s equally as dull. It’s a movie based on a simple premise (i.e., an out-of-control office party) with a seasoned cast of comedians at its disposal, yet it somehow stumbles all over itself. It reminds me of the most recent season of SNL. It has all of the right elements to succeed, but it has no idea how to utilize them. Continue reading “Office Christmas Party: Pass on This One”