My Life by Mary J. Blige
Unlike other musical documentaries, this feature film by Mary J. Blige analyzes the artist’s career and life through a single record: her game-changing 1994 LP My life, who turns 25 this year.
In this film, the singer reveals unheard-of secrets behind the album, while interviews with famous Blige friends such as Taraji P. Henson, P Diddy and Alicia Keys flesh out and give context to the star’s rise to 50 years towards glory.
Despite the unmistakable excellence of its central character, the documentary receives mixed reviews: While some argue that the emotional revelations behind the album are truly moving, others have described it more as a tightly controlled publicity for the star ( which, to be fair Blige, these documentaries usually are anyway). The gardians Simran Hans wrote: “We never really have a clue of where she has been, let alone My lives musical and cultural context.
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The Tomorrow War is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
The war of tomorrow
Extraterrestrials, time travel, babysitting: all in one day’s work for the latest star of Guardians of Star Wars or A silent avenger or Principle: End of the game, etc etc, you know what I mean.
The war of tomorrow is the latest addition to the action-packed, thrilling, but possibly politically disturbing, military sci-fi genre, but this one is slightly more interesting in that it is an original story not based on an existing franchise. Looks like you’ve seen it before, because Chris Pratt is the main character.
The movie begins as a group of time travelers arrive in the present and inform the world that in 30 years humanity is fighting an alien species and needs soldiers to travel to and help the future.
Pratt plays a high school teacher who is enlisted to fight alongside a scientist (Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale) and his ex-father (JK Simmons). The trailer is full of the usual nonsense (“If I have to save the world to save my daughter, then I’m going to do it” is a real line of dialogue), but for action fans who lack that kind of fare of cinematic popcorn, it looks like a white hand trick.
Gus Van Sant is one of the most prominent directors of the New Queer Cinema movement, despite his latest films (the underrated Don’t worry, he won’t walk far and lost it The sea of trees) fails to ignite with critics and the public.
Any movie buff who hasn’t already done so should go back to the ’90s and watch some of his early work. And a good place to start would be Pharmacy Cowboy, based on a novel by James Fogle that was not yet published at the time.
Matt Dillon plays a drug addict who robs drugstores across the United States with his wife Dianne (played by Kelly Lynch).
The film was critically acclaimed and is a prime example of Van Sant’s first genius, with healthy portions of beauty and humanity found throughout the film.
Not to be confused with Horrible friday, it’s another body swap comedy, this time with a hint of horror. The low-budget indie was a surprise hit in the pandemic era, released in 2020 with surprisingly effusive reviews.
The film stars Vince Vaughan as a serial killer called the Butcher, whose next target is expected to be 17-year-old Millie (Kathryn Newton), the kind of normal teenager who would have die in a teen slasher movie. Here’s where things get interesting: The Butcher’s “mystical dagger” causes him to change bodies with Millie, and suddenly a murderous teenager stalks a terrified middle-aged man.
David Sims at Atlantic say it better: “Weird knows it’s a prank and winks at the dumbest slasher tropes, but that satirical side doesn’t stop it from being one of the most purely enjoyable horror works I’ve seen since a long time.
From a novel by Christos Tsiolkas (Slap her, Barracuda), it follows a gay Greek man in downtown Melbourne for 24 hours as he pursues multiple sexual obsessions.
The film was controversial when it was released in 1998 for its sexually explicit content, but has since garnered an audience among queer moviegoers. It is well worth a watch; in 2021, it reads like a bold and liberated story that follows a man making peace between the seemingly disparate worlds he lives in.