One of my absolute favorite things about the festival circuit is how it’s often a springboard for emerging talent and an opportunity to debut a stellar first feature with an especially warm embrace. I had high hopes that’d be the case for Nicole Riegel’s feature debut, Holler, earlier this year at SXSW, but now I’m hoping we can maintain a similar level of fanfare with an in-person/virtual hybrid event because the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival selection certainly deserves it. The cliche combination of hard work and determination can certainly be useful tools to …
The return to the Scream film series will feel a little different.
Serial killers documentaries are all the rage these days, but I remember a time when I felt embarrassed and rather guilty about my own fascination with them. It dates back as far as I can remember and always made me feel like I was a weirdo. Part of it was that when I was growing up, I shared a first name with the most famous serial killer at the time — Jeffrey Dahmer — and I remember reading about this other Jeffrey with a morbid curiosity. I recall being terrified while watching The Silence of the Lambs at a neighbor's house …
From creator Michael Schur (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation), the NBC comedy The Good Place, currently in its fourth and final season, is a unique and special story about what makes a good person, which is something that many of us strive to be. While it has surprise after surprise and twist after twist, at its core is Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), an ordinary woman who’s had many ups and downs since entering the afterlife, and who’s become more and more determined to shed her own, more selfish way of living, in order to earn herself a …