Author: Sherrie Li

  • Not Cool Shows That What Makes a Great YouTube Video Doesn’t Make a Good Movie

    The existence of Not Cool can be blamed on the Starz reality show The Chair, where two first-time feature directors took the same original screenplay, about a group of high school friends reconnecting while home on Thanksgiving break, to create two very different films — this one helmed by YouTube personality Shane Dawson (and the […]

  • Perfect Sisters: A Plot to Kill A Terrible Mom

    Perfect Sisters stumbles through a plot of moments haphazardly strung together that sounds absolutely unrealistic — except that it’s based on the true story of the Bathtub Girls, the case that rocked Toronto in 2004. Truth proves stranger than we’d put up with in fiction when two close-as-can-be sisters, Sandra (Abigail Breslin) and Beth (Georgie […]

  • The Right Kind of Wrong, an Ode to Testicle Jokes

    Jeremiah Chechick’s The Right Kind of Wrong has more wrong than right and plays like an ode to testicle jokes. In this Wedding Crashers-on-crack romcom, Leo (Ryan Kwanten) is a failed writer whose ex-wife, Julie (Kristen Hager), rises to fame with her blog-turned-book, Why You Suck — a collection of embarrassing examples covering the loserdom […]

  • McConkey Shines an Uplifting Light on a Prankster Skier’s Life Cut Short

    A young, freckled Shane McConkey fidgets in front of the camera, laughing uncomfortably, and says, “You got to do what you got to do to have fun.” And as we watch the opening clips of the fun-loving, good-humored pro skier, we feel a bittersweet twinge, because we know his life will end in a tragic […]

  • From Zuccotti to UC Davis: 99%–The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film

    “We are the 99 percent,” chant the Occupy protesters as they set up a self-sufficient community in Zuccotti—renamed Liberty—Park to demand an answer to America’s wildly unequal distribution. 99%—The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film, a documentary made by over 100 filmmakers, gives us a look behind the barricades at these men and women who hoped […]

  • The Family Works Only When It Stays Together

    It’s Robert De Niro as we’ve seen him before: think The Big Wedding and Goodfellas (which, in the film, is given a shout-out alongside executive producer Martin Scorsese) but in the Witness Protection Program and joined by his fictional family in northern France. This makes for a juggling act of comedy, romance, and gangster genres—but […]

  • American Milkshake: Remember the Nineties?

    Nineties race comedy American Milkshake is a story of a teen whose “coming of age” moment never comes—unless you consider taking one of his girlfriends to the abortion clinic a sign of manhood. How he has two girlfriends and ends up impregnating one is all part of white Jolie’s ultimate plan to be more “black.” […]

  • The Antiquated Power of Pencil and Paper in Herblock: The Black and The White

    Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom caught attention when fictional news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) tells a room of college students, “America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.” In support of this sentiment is the group of media members—all descendants of journalism’s golden era—featured in this sort-of documentary that honors one of the […]

  • Michael Cera is Growing Up

    Michael Cera is growing up. It may be hard to picture, as at one point it seemed as if baby-faced Cera could forever play the awkward teenage boy next door. But in the past few months, other than a recent return to his Arrested Development roots, Cera has left behind his youthful comedies of yore, […]

  • Ways to Live Forever Takes a Sweet and Curious Look at Death

    A cute kid dying of cancer is usually a surefire way for filmmakers to get the tears flowing, but despite a few powerful moments, this children’s-book-turned-movie isn’t designed to make its audience cry. As Sam (Robbie Kay) narrates his thoughts and talks directly to us through his video diaries, the overarching sentiment of Ways to […]