As a younger man I hated the art world. I hated the pretension, the excess, the ludicrous amounts of money paid for creations that made no logical sense to my immature mind. I still have some issues with the money spent on art in a country where we still have people living hand to mouth. That said, I have come around somewhat on the art world in general. The market for art is about people with money, the art is about the artist.
David Cross is not the first name that comes to mind when looking for an actor to explore a character of depth and grave sadness. Best known for his caustic stand up comedy, the absurdist skits of Mr Show and the boundless silliness of Tobias on Arrested Development, it's rare when David Cross is seen in anything requiring an earnest expression of any sort.
The classic on the September 28th, 2020 episode of the Everyone's A Critic Movie Review Podcast is Sean Penn's devastating drama, Into the Wild.
Shortcut is short and that's the best thing about this teen-centric horror movie. That's not to say that Shortcut is unwatchably bad, it's not. Shortcut is perfectly serviceable as a creature feature. If you like goofy monsters and lots of dark corners in which to shine torches and flashlights, Shortcut has you covered. If you are looking for genuine scares, you will want to look elsewhere.
Disney's latest original, The Secret Society of Second Born Royals made me nostalgic for the days of the Famous Jett Jackson or Cadet Kelly. At least those movies were made with an awareness that they were low budget filler intended only for the undiscerning minds of grade schoolers. The makers of The Secret Society of Second Born Royals have made something that pretends towards Harry Potter with super heroes and ends up an abyss of mediocre predictability.
It may seem impossible given how bastardized the American Pie franchise has been since it became a staple of the direct to on demand services world but, the latest sequel, isn't terrible. American Pie: Girls' Rules isn't going to be well remembered, or well reviewed by most critics, and it is far from being worth paying to see in a theater. But, it has just enough good humor from a terrific cast to be passably entertaining.