Jethica [SXSW ’22] Review

and drama wrapped in a  short 70-minute runtime. Jethica follows Elena (played by Callie Hernandez) as she helps Jessica (Ashlee Denise Robinson) deal with her stalker, Kevin (Will Madden). The situation becomes morbid and dark comedy as they seek assistance from beyond the grave to dispose of Kevin. Jethica keeps its pace, does not bloat the runtime, and stays unnerving and comical. 

Emergency [Sundance ’22 Review]

Emergency starts as a comedy but spirals into a dramatic film that leaves you filled with dread as it progresses. Directed by Carey Williams and written by KD Davila, Emergency is about a night of would-be partying spiraling into a comedy of errors that leads to a potentially dangerous outcome. With strong directing and dynamic acting from the trio of men, Emergency tackles the terror of racism in an engrossing way. It does not seek to find a resolution but demonstrates how that unwarranted terror can have a lasting impact.

The Tender Bar Review

e Tender Bar, directed by George Clooney, based on the memoir by J.R. Moehringer, is entertaining thanks to the characters’ quirkiness. George Clooney’s direction creates a film that has humor, tension, and warmth. The film stars Ben Affleck, Christopher Lloyd, and Lily Rabe. In the lead role of J.R. is Tye Sheridan playing the teenage, young adult version and Daniel Ranieri as the kid version. I’m tired of stories of this nature, truth be told because it is the same white man lens, but the film did get chuckles and anger out of me at the violent, toxic nature of J.R.’s biological father. 

Twas the Night Review

Twas the Night is a low-budget, holiday comedy that reminds me a bit of Weekend at Bernie’s. The film, written and directed by Chris Rodriguez and Grant Rosado, is about a newly engaged couple having a get-together at their home with their respective parents when some unforeseen drama throws a kink in their festivities.

India Sweets and Spices Review

India Sweets and Spices, written and directed by Geeta Malik, will draw plenty of comparisons to Crazy Rich Asians, especially since the film is from the same producers. While both reside in a rich world, the points of view and the plot are different. India Sweets and Spices uses a rich protagonist to tell a story that deals with the fire of youth and the weariness of age. This is also not the story of the white kid rebelling against their child. India Sweets and Spices is funny, chock-full of messy drama but has an underlying heart about topical issues. 

Mieruko-chan Volume 3 Review

Slice of life mangas inspire nostalgia, joy and can reignite gusto for life. But I love when they include paranormal activity because navigating life and the supernatural combine laughter, happiness, and terror. Mieruko-chan reminds me of Kimi Ni Todoke and one of the shorts in the Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan anthology series. The one with the guy who ignored ghosts that were literally hanging onto him. Miko’s sweetness and her adamant refusal to acknowledge the creepy things she sees is endearing. I sympathize with her because I’d go the same route and probably less effective too. Mieruko-chan Volume 3 balances the horror and hilarity with the unfolding mystery, and I am excited for what’s next.

On My Block Season 4 Review

On My Block on Netflix follows a quartet of quirky, street-smart urban teens going through high school and living in South Central, Los Angeles. There is Monse (Sierra Capri), Cesar (Diego Tonico), Ruby (Jason Genao), and Jamal (Brett Gray). Season four continues a couple of years after the events of the third season. The final season of On My Block wraps up the series with its usual flair of comedy mixed with drama and cements itself as a staple coming-of-age story.