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Band-Aid (MovieMan Dan’s Guest Review)

ZOE LISTER JONES’S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT: “BAND-AID” IS LIGHT, BREEZY AND A LOT OF FUN TOO!


Intro:

“Band-Aid” was another audience favorite at Sundance this year and so naturally, it was quickly added to my watch-list following it’s World Premiere screening at the festival. Since then, the film has now been released into US theatres and on Select VOD platforms following a short but equally well received festival run and thanks to the folks at IFC Films – I got my chance to check it out recently.  So, what did I think?

Before I dive in with my full Review, here’s the plot… Read more

Wakefield (MovieMan Dan’s Guest Review)

BRYAN CRANSTON DELIVERS ANOTHER GREAT PERFOMANCE IN THIS THOUGHT-PROVOKING, POETIC AND REALLY ENGAGING DRAMA


Intro: 

After witnessing the absolute masterpiece which was: “Breaking Bad” – I’ll gladly watch any film or TV series that features Bryan Cranston in it with absolutely no questions asked.  He’s quickly become of the best actors of his generation and of all time in my eyes and so when I first discovered that a movie called: “Wakefield”  *based on by E. L. Doctorow’s acclaimed short story of the same name* was in development – all it took was Bryan Cranston’s name in the news article for my interest to be peaked.  I had never read the source material but I didn’t care – I was intrigued none-the-less.

Then, in the following months, I saw a trailer for the film and my interest only grew farther as I discovered what the film would actually be about.  The premise was great and this movie looked like it had the potential to be one of 2017’s greats and it quickly rose on my Summer ’17 watch-list as a must-see film.

Well, I finally got to see the film this week and as you can see from the headline of this review – I really enjoyed it.

Before we dive in further though, here’s a brief synopsis of the plot… Read more

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (MovieMan Dan’s Guest Review)

A FAITHFUL AND REALLY FUN ADAPTATION

OF THE WIDELY POPULAR BOOK SERIES


INTRO: TRA-LA-LAAA!

Well, It’s arrived, and while it’s here a few years later than anyone expected it to be, it’s here none-the-less. We finally have a “Captain Underpants” movie in theatres and much to my surprise, it’s not half bad either.  First printed in 1997 by author: Dav Pilkey and the popular US book distributor: Scholastic – this series of graphic novels were widely popular in North American elementary schools for years. Full of exciting adventures and loads of toilet humor – the majority of kids of that era (like myself) were hooked for many of their Elementary school years and for good reason too. These books were really fun and super easy to read and our parents and teachers didn’t mind all that much as they were just happy to see us kids reading and having fun while doing so. They rarely complained much despite the overload of silliness and low-brow humor which we were exposing ourselves to. Read more