Review – It’s Bay All The Way! (“Ambulance”)

Based on the 2005 Danish film (Ambulancen), this jam-packed actioner is by Michael Bay and that can only mean one thing: explosions, sweeping camera movements, the American flag, insane car chases, 360-degree spins, and close-ups! Buckle up, boys & girls! In a recycled plot that you’ve seen a dozen times before (an honest, but desperate…

Review – The Eggman Is Back, CooCoo CaJoob (“Sonic 2”)

Even though 2020’s Sonic the Hedgehog had mixed reviews and whipped up an internet firestorm for Sonic’s CGI looks (which got fixed), it still managed to make a whopping $185 mill at the box office. Can you say sequel? To recap, Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz), a blue, furry, lightning-fast teenage alien hedgehog got adopted…

A Visit to the Sonoma International Film Festival

I recently had the opportunity to attend my first Sonoma International Film Festival. The festival, which celebrated its 25th year, ran for five days March 23 through March 27. More than 120 films were screened with more than 80 of them premiering at the festival. Films were screened at seven different venues, all within a…

Review – Lights! Camera! Mayhem! (“The Bubble”)

So, you think that making a movie is easy, huh? Many films have tried to show the crazy antics of a film team in action (Ed Wood, Tropic Thunder, Bowfinger, etc), but this behind-the-scenes film of a movie production goes beyond the pale! In this absurdist Netflix/Judd Apatow film, the pandemic never looked so funny.…