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‘I Like Movies’ offers a lesson in comeuppance

‘I Like Movies’ offers a lesson in comeuppance

“I Like Movies” (2022 production, 2024 release). Cast: Isaiah Lehtinen, Percy Hynes White, Krista Bridges, Romina D’Ugo, Eden Cupid, Arnand Rajaram, Andy McQueen, Alex Ateah, Dan Beirne. Director: Chandler Levack. Screenplay: Chandler Levack. Web site. Trailer. It’s admirable when someone has obvious enthusiasm for a personal passion and is eager to share that sentiment with others. Most of us can probably appreciate and relate to that kind of fervor, happy for the individual’s obviously ardent zeal. We may not necessarily concur with the nature of that burgeoning fascination, but there’s nothing wrong with a subdued response as long as it’s not looked on dismissively. Indeed, it can be off-putting when our reaction is seen as less than enthusiastic and met with condescension, arrogance and disdain. Such hostility can backfire, leading to a hard lesson in comeuppance, circumstances vividly depicted in the new Canadian comedy-drama, “I Like Movies.” Seventeen-year-old high school senior Lawrence Kweller (Isaiah Lehtinen) loves movies. He talks about them constantly, frequently peppering his conversations and observations about life with film references, some of them commonly known, others decidedly more obscure. This practice generally goes over well with close friends and cinephiles, like his best buddy, Matt (Percy Hynes ...
‘Radioactive’ reveals a chillingly toxic truth

‘Radioactive’ reveals a chillingly toxic truth

“Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island” (2022 production, 2024 release). Cast: Linda Braasch, Joyce Corradi, Beth Drazba, Paula Kinney, Heidi Hutner, Jane Fonda, Joanne Doroshow, Lynn Bernabei, Michèle LeFever Quinn. Archive Footage: David Brinkley, Dan Rather, Jim Lehrer, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas. Director: Heidi Hutner. Screenplay: Heidi Hutner. Web site. Trailer. An old expression maintains “Don’t believe everything you read in the newspapers.” It’s an adage that seems to have taken on increasing relevancy these days, too. But there was a time not all that long ago when many in the public were willing to accept without question whatever information was reported in the media. Fortunately, there were those who were astute enough to recognize when things didn’t add up and were willing to raise their voices in protest. Granted, those courageous individuals may have been in the minority at the time, and they may have had to wait quite a while before their viewpoints were vindicated. But, as time has shown, they were right to speak up and make others aware of what they knew, as seen in the compelling new documentary, “Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island.” At 4:00 am on March 28, 1979, an incident ...
‘Freud’s Last Session’ plumbs life’s big questions

‘Freud’s Last Session’ plumbs life’s big questions

“Freud’s Last Session” (2023). Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Goode, Liv Lisa Fries, Jodi Balfour, Jeremy Northam, Orla Brady, George Andrew-Clarke, Rhys Mannion, Pádraic Delaney, Stephen Campbell Moore, Peter Warnock, Tarek Bishara, Anna Blomeyer, Lukas Heyer Sweeney, Nina Kolomiitseva, Oscar Massey, Lucas Massey, Gary Buckley. Director: Matt Brown. Screenplay: Mark St. Germain and Matt Brown. Play: Mark St. Germain, Freud’s Last Session (2009). Book: Dr. Armand Nicholi Jr., The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex and the Meaning of Life (2002). Web site. Trailer. In all truthfulness, how often do most of us take the time to contemplate life’s “big issues”? Given the importance and impact they have on us, one might think they’re something we should all examine in greater detail and on a more frequent basis than we probably do. Yet we often find ourselves distracted by the comparatively inconsequential minutiae of everyday life, setting aside those grand questions that we must all ultimately address for ourselves. And, as the number of days ahead of us begins to dwindle, we’re frequently forced to scramble for insights, perhaps not being able to examine these matters in the depth and detail that they deserve. However, ...
Coming of Age on The Cinema Scribe

Coming of Age on The Cinema Scribe

Tune in for the latest Cinema Scribe segment on Bring Me 2 Life Radio, beginning Tuesday May 14, available by clicking here. You can also catch it later on demand on Spreaker, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Podchaser, Audible, Deezer, Podcast Addict and Jiosaavn ...
‘Gene Wilder’ sheds new light on an iconic talent

‘Gene Wilder’ sheds new light on an iconic talent

“Remembering Gene Wilder” (2023 production, 2024 release). Cast: Interviews: Mel Brooks, Carole Kane, Burton Gilliam, Eric McCormack, Peter Ostrum, Alan Alda, Harry Connick Jr., Ben Mankiewicz, Rain Pryor, Alan Zweibel, Robin Zweibel, Mike Medavoy, Mace Neufeld, Michael Gruskoff, Karen Wilder, Rochelle Pierce, Dr. Michael Rafii. Archives: Gene Wilder, Zero Mostel, Anne Bancroft, Richard Pryor, Gilda Radner, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Peter Boyle, Teri Garr, Gene Hackman, Jack Albertson, Harrison Ford, John Wayne, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gig Young, Woody Allen, Arthur Penn, Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Garry Shandling, Conan O’Brien, Dick Cavett, Jeanne Silberman, William Silberman. Director: Ron Frank. Screenplay: Glenn Kirschbaum. Web site. Trailer. There are times when certain talents don’t receive their due, lingering somewhat below the radar and arguably going undervalued. Fortunately, there are those who recognize their gifts and unhesitatingly sing their praises, bringing a new sense of appreciation to their work. And those testimonials serve to shed a new light on these artists, showcasing them in a way not previously portrayed. Such is the case with a gifted, if not always appreciated writer-actor-director-comedian profiled in the enlightening new documentary, “Remembering Gene Wilder.” Born Jerome Silberman to Jewish parents in Milwaukee in ...
This Week in Movies with Meaning

This Week in Movies with Meaning

Reviews of “Civil War,” “We Grown Now” and “Cabrini,” along with a film festival wrap-up, are all in the latest Movies with Meaning post on the web site of The Good Media Network, available by clicking here ...
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