Category: Drama

January 28, 2019 Rhonda
Dope (2015) It’s hard out here for a geek.

It’s the mid 2010s in The Bottoms, a rough neighborhood in Inglewood, California. This story is about three of the best friends to ever come from the area. Malcolm (Shameik Moore), Diggy (Keirsey Clemons), and and Jib (Tony Revolori) are the nerdiest kids in the senior class. They are nothing like their peers, but they excel in getting things done through perseverance, connections, and technology in ways nobody would have even considered. They have a love for the 1990s, and all of the wish they were spending their teen years growing up 20 years ago. This reflects in Malcolm’s considerations for colleges, but his counselor, Mr. Bailey (Bruce Beatty) feels writing essays about the messages sent by hip hop artists……

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February 28, 2017 Rhonda
Whip It : She’s the hottest thing on eight wheels.

This movie came out eight years ago, but it is amazing how we missed it. Fox Searchlight Pictures has tons of great movies like this, and if you ever see their trailers on your Blu-Rays or at the theater, make sure you check them out. So on with the show… Bliss Cavender (Ellen Page) is living anything but a blissful life in Bodeen, Texas. At 17, she’s a high-school senior who works as a waitress at a local BBQ restaurant, and works to keep her mother happy in a string of beauty pageants that she finds to be useless. Her mother, Brooke Cavender (Marcia Gay Harden) is a former beauty queen that wants her daughters to follow her 1950s lifestyle……

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March 16, 2016 Rhonda
Attack on Titan (2013-TV) Season 1

The great thing about anime is that it is a limitless genre, and just about anything can happen in it. Anywhere, any time, past, future, parallel worlds, contemporary pop culture, you name it. Oddly, considering the title of this series, you would expect a tale about the Greek gods and their enemies and ancestors, but this has nothing to do with ancient history. Attack on Titan is set in a dystopian future about 2000 years from now. The technology has devolved back to steampunk tech, and things look pretty much like they did in the mid 19th century. Right there the similarities stop. This world is nothing like ours is, because there is a new, bold enemy against humanity, and……

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March 10, 2015 Rhonda
The Iron Giant: It came from outer space!

There were many great animated films in the 1990s, but this has to be one of the best. Set during the Cold War, at the time of the launch of Sputnik and rampant McCarthyism, there was much for Americans to fear, especially things that came from unknown sources. In the winter of 1957, one great mystery came to a small town in Maine. Where it came from, we do not know, but this hulking robot had the capacity to learn from one young boy, Hogarth Hughes, about life and death, compassion and fear, and so much more. Hogarth is a pretty self-sufficient kid. His widowed mother works at a local diner as a waitress, and is often asked to work……

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October 28, 2014 Cleave
The Wizard (1989) It’s more than a game…

It’s the chance of a lifetime, as the poster says. It is also true for this film about 3 youths that are on a quest to get to Video Armageddon so that they can win $50,000 dollars. The film is more than just that, as most films from the 80’s, it is about the growth of friendships, dealing with heartache and loss as well. This film comes from a time where everything happening was new and people actually reveled in having fun. The gaming industry was young and everything 8 bit was the coolest thing under the sun. The film also gave a big boost to Nintendo and Super Mario Bros. 3, that was released after the move showed in……

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