**The following review contains spoilers for the film**
Howard Ratner is a Jewish man with a large, unified family, a beautiful wife, three loving children, and a renowned jewelry shop that he owns on the diamond district in New York City. Howard also has a hot girlfriend, a gambling addiction, and over $100,000 in debt to multiple people across the state of New York. Such a versatile man, with a dirty, mixed cocktail of a life leaving him intoxicated and fucked over with every sip he takes.
***Disclaimer: I am not familiar with the original source material for The Witcher, but I did watch the show in its' entirety.***
"I bow to no law made by men who never bore a child."- Queen Calanthe (The Witcher-2019)
Netflix's new show, The Witcher, based on a slew of books, stories, video games, and more content of the same name, premiered just at the end of 2019 and really ended the streaming services year of shows and original films with a 'bang.' In the new series, we watch as states literally rise and others fall at the hands of those risen states, and we watch as Mages helm the opposing sides into victory. The Witcher is much like many fantasy shows of it's kind, with witches and kings and queens galore, but what I believe this show began, and what I hope it will continue to do, is tell in-depth stories about the characters of its show and also offer ample opportunities for people, especially women, of color.
2019 was such a strong year for movies- for Indie films and blockbusters alike. I got to watch most of the films on my 2019 watchlist, and I am so lucky for it. I feel like I was exposed to more directors, more diverging types of filmmaking, different sides to some of my favorite actors, and a new appreciation and respect for the art that I love so much. There were some strong scripts and some epic feats of computer generated imagery. I am only more excited to see what 2020 has to bring thanks to what 2019 already brought to the table. With a few of the trailers already being released for films coming out this year, my excitement has only gone higher now, so I just wanted to share some of my most anticipated 2020 releases. I am truly excited for every film, but I was able to whittle it down to 13. Enjoy!
The new sequel trilogy of Star Wars is over. Wow! What a crazy few decades of critiques and appraisals (and what a crazy few decades to come, amiright?) Fans and viewers will always be critical of films, especially something like Star Wars, that garners so much love and popularity. And sure, I have critiques of the films, but this franchise means something different to me. I can never leave watching a Star Wars film genuinely upset. When I leave, I'm not only giddy from the experience I just shared with dozens of other movie-goers, but I'm also excited to be able to text my dad, and ask him, "Have you seen the new Star Wars yet?"
Star Wars wasn't a part of my childhood in the way it was for many other fans. I remember when I was a little girl, my dad would buy my brother Star Wars action figures, and he would tell us about the life of each figurine from the movies he loved as a child. We sat around him and handed him another one for him to tell us a story about. We learned about Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Maul before we had ever seen the movies ourselves.
"It's the most wonderful time of the year..."
Christmas movies, new and old, have served the purpose of perpetuating delicate human-ness and emotions. That, or they are just jam-packed of sheer jubilee corniness that you can't help but enjoy the perfect wintery world of romance, comedy, and twinkling lights before you. However, instead of relishing in the dazed, perfection that is a Christmas movie, and in honor of the remake of Black Christmas dropping in theaters this holiday, I would rather spend this Christmas talking about some of my favorite alternate (or horror) Christmas films.
Christmas horror films are one of the best sub-genre's of horror, right there along with comedy-horror. There's something magical about taking something positive and quaint, like the feeling of the holiday season, and meshing it with a little bit (or a lot a bit) of gore, that makes fans, like myself, have the best time.
"Make me look good, honey boy."
That's what James says to his son, Otis, at the end of the film, when he tells him he'll be writing a movie about him. "Honey boy" is a term of endearment for Otis from his father, and it's also the title of this film.
Honey Boy (2019) is the autobiographical screenplay written by Shia LaBeouf and directed by Alma Har'el. It's the story of a young boy named Otis (played by Noah Jupe) as he finds himself in the spotlight of the acting world while also dealing with the turmoil and abusive relationship with his father James (played by LaBeouf himself.)
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