This piece contains portions of a review I wrote of The Princess Blade for a long dead website as well as my scripted radio review from 2001 hence some of the past tense verbiage.
I could watch Carrie Coon grind Jude Law’s out sized ego to dust for days and days and days. That’s not a commentary on them as human beings, I don’t know them personally. But, from watching their sensational and spiky back and forth in the exceptional new drama The Nest, I find that Coon taking Law’s metaphoric manhood into her hands and twisting for all she’s worth to be my new happy place. These two actors make for a remarkable on screen pair.
Ten Minutes to Midnight stars Caroline Williams, known for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, as radio goddess Amy Marlowe. Amy is the well known for her show called "10 Minutes to Midnight," a late night radio show in Texas that she's hosted for nearly 30 years. Amy is beloved among her audience but changing times are catching up with her behind the scenes.
Teenage Badass is an affable, good natured coming of age story about a teenage drummer named Brad (Mcabe Gregg) who gets a big break when he’s offered the chance to audition for a popular local band in his little corner of Arizona. Though only 19, Brad is an impressive talent but it may have been as much timing and luck that lands Brad the gig. The band’s lead singer, Kirk (Evan Ultra) is a deeply troubled addict but also kind of music genius, the music is really good even as his behavior is nearly unbearable.
The family comedy H is for Happiness is like a lightning bolt of joy directly to your soul. I’m being hyperbolic but I can’t help myself, I adore this brilliant little Aussie family flick. So joyous is H is for Happiness that it is the rare movie that can play Katrina & the Waves classic new wave hit, Walking on Sunshine, over the end credits and truly have the song encapsulate the joy this movie contains.
Blackbird stars Susan Sarandon as Lily, the matriarch of a family dominated by strong willed women. As the story unfolds, Lily has made the choice to end her life before the disease that is slowly degenerating her body can end it for her. Lily wants the chance to say goodbye and go out on her own terms, even if it means having to have her husband, a doctor, Paul (Sam Neill) break all sorts of laws to achieve her end.