Originally published on GetOut July 17, 2015
All of the essential, on-screen elements of Trainwreck work swimmingly. It’s a wicked funny film packed with terrific performances (including a couple from unexpected sources) and has one of the best central pairings in recent romantic comedy history. And yet, it’s still a somewhat underwhelming viewing experience, an issue that lies not in the fault of its stars, but of the man behind the camera.
I view myself as a child at heart. As cliché as the phrase is, I still find myself reading new children’s books and pursuing Cartoon Network for “Adventure Time.” Perhaps in some ways I’m now able to enjoy kid things with more freedom because as an adult there’s less worry about being “cool.” And being judged by a pack of 7- to 12-year-old girls is no longer a worry.
Therefore I went into the Minions movie with modest, yet still eager, expectations.
The drinking, the bulimia, or the drugs — and nobody stopped it,” said Amy director Asif Kapadia in an interview with The Guardian. There isn’t a better way to sum up the gut-wrenching documentary about jazz sensation Amy Winehouse.
Watching the spiraling demise of the unbelievably talented singer/songwriter is painful. The femme fatale contralto burst onto the music scene with the same skyrocketing success of the biggest names in the industry. And like many rock stars, her light burned out in a flash.
With arguably the biggest Comic Con coming up fast in San Diego, we here at Popcorn are taking a look back at our first ever con. Back in May, we went to Phoenix Comicon and what a blast it was! Cosplayers, panels of amazing awesomeness, and merch! Merch! Merch! So what business does a podcast dedicated to film have at a comic con? Plenty! What would be movies be without their fans? Comics have have blossomed tremendously thanks to movies.
Lulubell and Kaely also made sure to check out the small film festival happening amid the crazy brilliance that is PHXCC. Not all the films have a presence online (and we searched!) But hopefully in the near future they will be up so you can check them out. (Although on the whole, the selection at the Phoenix Film Festival had higher quality pickings.)
Sci Fi Shorts
A Skeleton Named Oscar
The Sad Snowman
This Was My Son
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