My Year with Adam is a series of essays that I will post throughout this year. The essays will be deep dives into a film starring Adam Sandler. They will not be traditional reviews, but an exploration of theme and what is conveyed by the central message of the film. Or, really, whatever about the film strikes me the most while watching it. As these are deep dives, no aspect, plot point or quote from the film is off limits, so if you haven't seen the film before and are sensit
Portrait of a Lady on Fire is about Marianne, a painter, who is hired to paint a portrait of Heloise so it can be sent to an aristocrat in Milan to see if he will marry her. Though, over the course of getting to know each other, the two women fall in love even as they know their destinies are a foregone conclusion. It stars Noemie Merlant, Adele Haenel, Luana Bajrami, and Valeria Golino. It is written and directed by Celine Sciamma. There are moments in Portrait of a Lady on
The Assistant follows one day in the life of Jane, an assistant to a powerful movie producer. As Jane does her daily tasks she begins to feel as if something is really wrong with the situation. A the parade of young women going into and out of the office is frequent and the jokes, rumors and innuendo are prevalent and mounting evidence agianst the good intentions of her employer. The film stars Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen, John Orsini, Noah Robbins, Juliana Canfield, Alex
The Photograph is a drama about Michael, a reporter, who is writing a story about the environmental impacts of an oil spill, but changes his perspective when he sees a photograph of Christina. This leads him back to New York and Christina's daughter Mae. The love affair between Michael and Mae is passionate, but can't last as Mae discovers more about her mother and Michael contemplates a big life change. The film stars LaKeith Stanfield, Issa Rae, Rob Morgan, Chante Adams, Y'
I've been doing a series of posts for a few years now where I reimagine the Academy Awards to my liking. I called it Academy of One. It emerged from the backlash of #OscarsSoWhite and my own desires to highlight incredible performances or films that I had seen throughout that year and in years gone by. I attacked this project with verve and pluck, but last year and the year before is when my righteous indignation ran out of steam. The Oscars and the Academy will not change. I
Birds of Prey is about four different badass women on both sides of the law coming together to save an innocent, if sticky fingered, teenager and put down the crime boss attempting to kill her for the gem she stole. It stars Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ella Jay Basco, Ali Wong, Chris Messina, and Ewan McGregor. It is directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson. The only other film I've watched in this "DCEU" iteration (
The Rhythm Section is about Stephanie Patrick, whose entire family was killed in a plane crash. Three years after the crash, as her life has completely dissolved underneath her, Stephanie is approached by a journalist who claims the crash was not a crash, but a deliberate terrorist attack. This revelation sends her on a mission for revenge that crisscrosses the Atlantic. The film stars Blake Lively, Jude Law, Raza Jaffrey, and Sterling K. Brown. It is directed by Reed Morano