Pushing a movie back is often a sign that the studio is not pleased with the end result — it took The War With Grandpa three years to see the light of day. But perhaps America should consider itself lucky as the pandemic is preventing most of the country from seeing a film that would have been better left in movie purgatory.
Black Box (2020) is part of Amazon Prime’s ‘Welcome to the Blumhouse’ program and is Unrated R, however, if I had to guess, I would say Rated R for swears, people getting punched in the face, violent falls down the stairs, domestic violence, the incredible body contortions of Troy James – seriously, what this man can do with his body is incredible and terrifying.
The Lie (2018) is part of Amazon Prime’s ‘Welcome to the Blumhouse’ program and is Rated R for swears, people vomiting, people getting punched, car accidents, people left to die, and blood in places you’ll never completely reach.
Say oui oui to Netflix’s new binge-tastic romantic comedy. Starring the captivating Lily Collins, Emily in Paris follows a young, fashionable influencer as she moves across the pond to beautiful Paris. Reminiscent of show creator Darren Star’s 80’s and 90’s hit TV shows like Beverly Hills 90210 and Sex and the City, viewers will fall hard for the heart, humor, and hotties in this 10-episode spirited series. Only on Netflix beginning this October 2nd.
Whereas series like Dynasty and Dallas thrived because of delicious dialogue, throw-down fights, and rabid rivalries (think Krystle and Alexis), Filthy Rich not only misses these important components of any good soap opera, but it lacks any real chemistry, the acting is mediocre (at best), and despite choosing to have the series based in New Orleans, Fox fails to capitalize on the good and evil of the city.
The Faceless Man (2019) is unrated, but it would likely get an MPAA rating of R due to the amount of blood, drug use, rape, gunplay, dismemberment, garroting, and eye-gouging.
Antebellum (2020) is rated R for swears (though thankfully never the N-word), people being beaten, people being branded, people being dragged, people being run through with swords, people burned alive, horrific slavery situations, and general Black Trauma
A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio (2019) is distributed by Uncorkd’ Entertainment is currently streaming on select VOD platforms. It’s unrated, but this one has plenty of scares and gross-outs for even the most case-hardened fan. I’d rate it an R for skin splitting, creepy dead kids, scalping, dismemberment, stabbing, matricide, evisceration, things that go yum in the night, and horror stories that never end.
Up On The Glass (2020) is not rated, and like all indie films on limited budgets, there’s not much to be offended by unless it’s a complete suck of your time. However, it could be rated PG-13 for swears, some off-screen sexy-times, some inappropriate bedroom talk, someone getting smacked in the head with a rock AND DIES, and sadly, that’s it.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is my all-time favorite movie, followed by Pee Wee’s Big Adventure – I guess I have a thing for comedy-adventure films. If that sounds strange, well, I’m not your typical movie critic, and frankly, I don’t care. To be honest, Bill & Ted Face the Music could have sucked major ass and I’d still have given it a glowing grade. Full disclosure: I am disqualified, but I’m doin’ it anyway.
Lovecraft Country premiers on HBO and HBO Max August 16, 2020, at 9PM EST. It’s HBO so I don’t have to tell you there are swears, sexytimes, people getting beaten, people being eaten, people being shot, monsters, people turning into monsters, a magnificent conflagration, and Black bodies living their best lives despite all of that.
Each year, the American Legion sponsors “Boys State,” a week-long program to allow high school boys to design and operate a government authority. Established back in 1935, this crash course in politics has hosted some of the most prestigious (and controversial) figures in history, including Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, and Rush Limbaugh. If Boys State, the new documentary from Apple TV+ says anything about the future of politics, it’s today’s children may not be our best hope.