Netflix’s action-comedy is deadly short on both.
There’s something undeniably attractive about the premise of Obliterated. A highly skilled team of soldiers, spies, bomb experts, and tech geniuses stop on nuclear bomb detonation in the heart of Las Vegas and fully celebrate their victory. And by fully celebrate, we mean FULLY. Drugs, alcohol, exotic animals, hundreds of guests, plenty of sex toys, and so on. Then they wake in the morning to find their mission wasn’t as successful as they thought, and now they have no choice but to try and save the day in various stages of loaded and hungover.
Sadly, miles exist between premise and execution. Think the difference between visiting the Bellagio in Vegas and the Tropicana in Atlantic City. Then double it. Maybe triple it. Put it another way, Obliterated is bad. Very bad. Continue Reading →
The Fall of the House of Usher
The most gripping moment in 2022’s Academy Award-winning documentary All the Beauty and the Bloodshed is when members of the now disgraced Sackler Family, whose pharmaceutical company manufactured and marketed the highly addictive painkiller Oxy-Contin, are ordered to attend a virtual hearing in which they're confronted by families who had been impacted by the drug. Listening to tragic stories of accidental overdoses, birth defects, and young men cut down in their prime due to a prescription medication that had been promoted as safe and non-addicting, the Sacklers could not look more bored, even slightly annoyed. It’s a chilling reminder that extreme wealth often results in a loss of empathy, if not one’s entire soul. Continue Reading →
America's first furtive step into returning to in-person film festivals, Tribeca is coming soon -- and here's what we're looking forward to.
As more and more people get vaccinated, COVID cases drop, and the world starts to take its first furtive steps back out into theaters, it was only a matter of time before film festivals would follow suit. And here we are with this year's Tribeca Film Festival, which runs June 9-20 in in-person screenings across all five boroughs in New York City, with a virtual component running simultaneously.
It's an exciting and daunting endeavor, a sign that The Movies May Be Back, Baby; and with the fifty-plus features playing at the fest, alongside a host of shorts, TV presentations, and the like, there's plenty to look forward to. Here's a sample of the things we want to see most. (And yes, we know In the Heights is opening the fest -- we'll have our own review on that soon.) [Clint Worthington, founder and editor-in-chief] Continue Reading →