The Art of Self-Defense (2019)

Film Review: The Art of Self-Defense (2019)

Casey Davies (Jesse Eisenberg) is not a very tough guy. He’s awkward and shy, mild mannered and keeps to himself since he doesn’t fit in with the other guys at work. He’ used to being told his name is very feminine sounding. One night after work Casey Davies realizes he is out of food for his dachshund, so he walks to the store to pick some up. On his walk back he’s beaten by a group of bikers and left in the street. After being attacked, he goes to buy a gun, something that “can fit into my hand”…or in terms everyone but Casey knows, a handgun. Ultimately, he decides on karate so he can defend himself. However, after a few classes, he realizes there is more to Sensei and his dojo.

The Tomorrow Man

Film Review: The Tomorrow Man (2019)

The Tomorrow Man is the directorial debut from Noble Jones and stars John Lithgow and Blythe Danner, who play Ed and Ronnie.

I remember back around 2011-2012 was when doomsday preppers were all over the spotlight, especially after the National Geographic Channel had their Doomsday Preppers show. While not quite in the limelight anymore, the plot of this film revolves around prepping for what could happen. Rather than living in the current day, Ed is busy thinking about tomorrow.

Non-Fiction (2018)

Film Review: Non-Fiction (2018)

Non-Fiction, or Doubles vies as it’s called in its native country of France, is a film taking place in the world of publishing where there are multiple events going on: author Léonard Spiegel has his latest manuscript turned down by his longtime friend and publisher Alain Danielson, a debate of ebook versus print in the publishing house, plus relationship issues between the two men and their wives.

The Bridges of Madison County 1995

Film Review: The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

Looking through comments on the film trailer and IMDB, it seems that the film did not touch me and evoke emotion nearly as deeply as it did for many others. Somehow I have never seen a Clint Eastwood film until Saturday evening. Meryl Streep, on the other hand, I’ve only encountered previously because she plays Cousin Topsy in Mary Poppins Returns. I’m familiar with so many of the titles Eastwood and Streep have been in, but have never sat down to see them as of yet. The Bridges of Madison County is actually adapted from a 1992 novel of the same title by author Robert James Waller, as I discovered after the fact.

Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018)

Film Review: Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2018)

Long Day’s Journey Into Night was a film I was interested in seeing at the Philadelphia Film Festival last October, before it even debuted in China, but unfortunately I was unable to attend its screening. Thankfully, the film is currently having a limited theatrical run, so I was able to go see it last week. Unfortunately I was unable to see it in 3D, as only a handful of theaters in the states were showing the 3D part in 3D — I was stuck to 2D. Thankfully it is coming to Blu Ray courtesy of Kino Lorber in August, so those who missed the chance to witness the final hour of the film in 3D like myself will be able to in a few months’ time.

Young Adult Review: Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Being one with a bunch of online friends, and even having met a couple of them, the concept of Mary H.K. Choi’s novel Emergency Contact intrigued me as the plot centers on two college aged adults who talk to each other only though the phone.

Unfortunately, the synopsis was the most intriguing part of the book until the last quarter of it when things finally felt a bit interesting to me, and even then I wasn’t pulled into the story very much.