Review: The A-List (USA: 2015): In the End, We Find Popularity Doesn’t Matter So Much (Shocker)

The A-List (USA: 2015)

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Sometimes we look through the overlooked movies and find hidden gems, but Will Bigham’s debut, The A-List, isn’t one of those. As a comedy about the downside to popularity in high-school, it is too predictable with too few memorable moments to recommend to any but the most die-hard fans of teen movies.

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Love Sick The Series Season 2: Episode 15 Recap

Love Sick Season 2, Episode 15

Love Sick Season 2, Episode 15

Summaries (Spoilers, Obviously) and Comments

Note: I group summaries by story line, not in presentation order. If you want to know how the scenes actually played out in their official sequence, why not follow this link to the episode and watch for yourself?

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Animals (Spain: 2012): Love and Death gets a Cool Treatment

Animals (2012)

Animals (2012)

Marçal Forés’s high school drama about a young man discovering his sexuality caught between surreal childhood fantasy and Romantic adolescent angst falls short of leaving an emotional impression. You’ll remember it as the sad movie about the boy with the yellow bear, but it’s too fixated on teen-aged death fantasy to feel genuine.

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NYAFF 2015: What We’re Looking Forward To

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NYAFF; The 3 I’m Seeing (l-r): Aim High in Creation (Australia: 2013); Maruyama: The Middle Schooler (Japan; 2013); The Eternal Zero (Japan: 2014)

The New York Asian Film Festival runs from June 27 – July 15 this year. I usually try to go to a few of the offerings. I generally like their program as it focuses more on popular films coming out of Asia and doesn’t limit itself to whatever broad critical acclaim brings us film festival tedium. The Asian films that European critics Love are seldom the ones that keep me engaged. One criticism I have of the festival is that “Asia” is narrowly defined as Japan, Korea and the China zone. Sure that covers 1.5 billion people, but there are other countries with robust film industries that are worth a peek. But for what it does, it usually has a line up of films that are worth seeking out.

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