Booksmart stars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever as high school friends who realize just before graduation day that they’ve done nothing but work all through high school. They vow to do something fun before it’s too late.Continue reading “Review: Booksmart”
Life Itself is a multi-generational family drama full of love and heartbreak. It’s from writer and director Dan Fogelman, the creator of This Is Us.Continue reading “Review: Life Itself”
When I went to IMDB to get the names of the cast of A Vigilante, I was surprised to see so many names. This film is so intimately focused on Olivia Wilde as Sadie that it feels as if she is the only actor in the movie. It’s an all-in performance from Olivia Wilde.Continue reading “Review: A Vigilante”
Coming from Amazon Studios is Life Itself a love story from writer and director Dan Fogelman, the man responsible for This is Us. The film will be released in September 2018. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Life Itself”
People Like Us is a family story, and a bit of a tear-jerker. It’s stars Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks as siblings who didn’t know the other existed until their father died. Continue reading “Review: People Like Us”
Meadowland is a drama about losing a child and how individuals deal with grief. It received glowing reviews when it first came out, I was eager to see it. The opportunity finally arrived with Netflix adding Meadowland to its lineup. Continue reading “Review: Meadowland”
Meadowland starts next weekend in theaters. It will be available on Video on Demand the following week. It stars Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson as parents whose child is abducted. Here’s the synopsis.
In the hazy aftermath of an unimaginable loss, married couple Sarah (Olivia Wilde) and Phil (Luke Wilson) come unhinged – recklessly ignoring the repercussions. Phil, a New York City cop, starts to lose sight of his morals as Sarah puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations, falling deeper into her own fever dream. The directorial debut of cinematographer Reed Morano, Meadowland is a visceral exploration of grief and hope. Featuring Giovanni Ribisi, Elisabeth Moss, Ty Simpkins, John Leguizamo, Kevin Corrigan and Merritt Weaver.
From the preview, it looks like Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson get called upon to do more in their parts than we have seen them do before. According to reviewers who saw the film at festivals, both give outstanding, deep performances.
Director Reed Morano is pulling double-duty as cinematographer in this one. Check the image in the poster and up at the top. Olivia Wilde is looking out of the frame, lost somewhere. I expect Morano’s bringing her cinematographer ‘s eye to her directing process.
If you see the film, please share your impressions in the comments. I’d especially like to know if any trigger warnings for parents who have lost a child should be included in conversation about the film.