Let me start by saying that I’m not a big fan of director Paul Feig. The films of his I have seen have come off as funny in parts but are more often derivative, overly crass, lazy, and in the case of his 2016 reboot/remake/whatever of Ghostbusters, stupid and downright insulting. So my hopes going into A Simple Favor were not high.
However, Feig did something I wasn’t expecting with this film. He actually surprised me…and for that I applaud him. A Simple Favor is an intriguing mystery that keeps the viewer engulfed in the story until the very last scene. I liked it quite a bit. It isn’t the best movie of the year, but it was entertaining and worth my time.
Like all good stories, A Simple Favor reveals much about the nature of humanity. The characters grapple with temptation and the consequences of their questionable actions. The temptation to do wrong is something to which we all can relate – especially because it is driven by our eternal adversary.
Everyone’s favorite charming space rogue comes to Blu-ray this week. Plus, a favorite TV series and a sharp-eyed cowboy also come home. I’ve got a good feeling about this.
Here are my picks for September 25, 2018.
The park is gone…at least that’s what the tagline says. I have my doubts, however.
This week, the latest installment in the Jurassic Park franchise comes home on Blu-ray.
Here’s my pick for September 18, 2018.
Fifty years ago, Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz introduced the character Franklin into his now-iconic comic strip. This was a significant moment in Peanuts history, as the strip had never had a black character before. Since that first appearance, Franklin became a regular member of Charlie Brown’s circle of friends – an acute and hilarious observer of the rest of the gang’s many foibles and idiosyncrasies, while also having some of his own. He would also be featured in most of the Peanuts animated television specials and films (up to and including The Peanuts Movie in 2015).
The story of just how Franklin became a part of Peanuts is really amazing in its own humble way. Like the Peanuts strip itself, it’s a story that is simple but so profound. And we today can learn a lot from how Charles Schulz integrated the character into the cast.
It seems that the Halloween season starts earlier and earlier every year, and the same can be said for Blu-ray releases. This week, Disney drops two special editions of classic Halloween movies – both released in 1993, no less! We also have one other notable release, which is definitely in my top ten favorites for this year.
Here are my picks for September 4, 2018.