In this episode – two longtime adult best friends swap houses and lives for a week and discover new ways to approach their lives and a possible romance, and layer upon layer of a confidence game is peeled back in a thriller about liars stealing money from the super-rich.
The great detective Benoit Blanc is back to solve another mystery alongside a cast of eccentric characters, and we’re here to discuss how well Rian Johnson’s puzzle box works in this entertaining new series entry.
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We promise to tell no lies during this conversation about Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion dark fantasy animated reimagining of the famous Pinocchio story. With incredible visual design and more mature themes, this transitions from a whimsical children’s tale into a story with much more serious elements, sometimes with mixed results, but is always magical and captivating.
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LESSON #1: #TRANSISBEAUTIFUL IS ALIVE AND WELL— First and foremost, bravo to Elliot Page and his future in Hollywood. May his story inspire others and fulfill those who live under undue fears. Page stands tall as a worthy figure to celebrate and deservedly so. I was happy to update the history of my Every Movie Has a Lesson website content to make the proper name and pronoun changes. There will be no deadnaming there or here. Educate yourself and add that responsibility to your own social media and conversation practices.
LESSON #2: THE THEATER-TO-HOME WINDOW IS JUST ABOUT DEAD— I have long cited in this column the shrinking amount of time between a movie’s theatrical release and its availability on home media. Back in the day, it used to be six months to a year. Somewhere in the advent of streaming platforms and VOD, it shrunk to 90 days and sometimes less. In huge industry news, Warner Bros. just made their own window zero days. For all of their planned upcoming 2021 film releases (not just Wonder Woman 1984 to end 2020), the studio will make them available in theaters and on their coveted HBO Max streaming platform on the same day. That’s a monumental shift in business, something definitely spurred by the present COVID-related circumstances where theaters are strapped, empty, dying, and immediately pissed by this move. Just like Disney+’s goal a year ago when it debuted, watch this bring a huge surge of new subscriber business to HBO Max when you’re promising chances to see the likes of Dune, The Batman, and more from the comfort of their own home.
LESSON #3: THIS IS A PIVOT AND PIVOTS ARE NOT PERMANENT— Call this big business move what it really is: a pivot, and one certainly necessary considering societal circumstances. Mark me in the group that wonders why it took this long for some large entity with their own streaming service to pull this trigger. Disney dipped its toe with Hamilton, Mulan, and Soul, but to say ALL for an entire year like WB is commitment to the pivot. Expect more moves to follow. Watch Universal put their stuff on their Peacock subsidiary. Maybe WB lets HBO Max absorb their DC Network and put everything under one service. Maybe Disney does more. Maybe Disney uses their controlling ownership of Hulu Plus to be the “adult” place for all the non-family-friendly content and the entire Fox library they bought. In any case, pivots are reversible. When theaters are viable again, business can pivot back to include them better. They are still the #1 place to make billions. When people can return to them, business will return to them too. They’ll be back. They just won’t be, and can’t afford to be, the same.
LESSON #4: MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR AUGUST 2022— I’ve called it all year and I’m going to keep calling it now. If this pandemic keeps going longer, people stay away, and studios pivot to streaming, the large theater distributors are going to die off. As I’ve noted often in this column, they already are shutting down or circling bankruptcy. Theaters as we know them are not going to come back the same. What will they look like? Well, I think you need to mark your calendars for August 2022. With the old Paramount Decrees rescinded as of August 2020, studios can open and run their own theaters after a two-year sunset period. That’s August 2022. The WBs and Disneys of the block can pivot to streaming, sit back, and watch the AMCs, Cinemarks, and Regals bleed to death. They can buy them at their lowest point and rebrand them as their own with no old rules. They will look triumphant in 2022 when it’s the studios that “bring theaters back” with their own labels. Best of all for them, they buy out or shove away the middle-man profit sharing they’ve tried to squash for decades. Every dollar goes back to them. This column may not be here in August 2022, but, mark my words. If the landscape is able to re-open, this scenario is happening.
LESSON #5: INVEST A LITTLE MORE INTO YOUR HOME SETUP— In the recommendation closing slot this week, I’m going to turn to the home and not the watch lists. With all of this time spent now at home, improving your home theater setup is something you probably should have been doing since March. Add all the new streaming opportunities coming and now is the time to upgrade, even if you just missed the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. You don’t have to go full Magnolia quality, but there are many little DIY and piecemeal things you can do on the cheap. I currently have a 1080p projector that cost about $800 at the time. It gives me over 100 inches of screen size and has lasted longer than any physical monitor I’ve ever had. Projection is an awesome effect, and I’ll never buy another actual TV again. Even those new 4K-capable projectors in the $1200-1500 range will give you just as great of visuals as a TV of the same price and likely double the screen size. I know the prices of high quality TVs haven’t been better, but spring for the projector. You won’t regret it. After that, choose an accent wall and use flat paints with less sheen instead of buying a projector screen. A good affordable soundbar with HDMI input can blow plenty of sound versus the old expensive multi-channel towers, receivers, and setups. Use Monoprice to buy longer wholesale cables and learn how to hide the sea of wires. The DIY furniture setups ideas are endless. From palettes to pillows, you can make a little paradise den and not break the bank.
LESSON #1: THE LIMITS OF REPRESENTATION— Loyal readers of this column, know I’m all for greater and more direct representation when it comes to performers. Those efforts have been long overdue and still have room for improvement. That said, where lies the creative limit. This week, Kristen Stewart, an openly bisexual performer, presented a very nuanced opinion in an recent Variety interview making the rounds for Happiest Season. She expounded, “I would never want to tell a story that really should be told by somebody who’s lived that experience. Having said that, it’s a slippery slope conversation because that means I could never play another straight character if I’m going to hold everyone to the letter of this particular law. I think it’s such a gray area.” I think she’s dead right about the confusing middle. While living the experience of a certain character can be a huge connection to a more genuine performance, I think good actors can emulate that with the talent of their profession. Some actors do a marvelous job at becoming characters while others can’t get close. How do you feel on this topic?
LESSON #2: ASTERISKS MAKE MORE ASTERISKS— Boy, in a pandemic year that has crippled the release volume of major studios, does Netflix know they are the strongest frontrunner of frontrunners. Without the need for brick-and-mortar, they have had zero interruption in their release calendar. If anything, they’ve even gained a few acquisitions. But, 2020 is looking like an asterisk of a year when it comes to film awards. Don’t get me wrong, there are enough worthy 2020 films and performances deserving of prizes, but the field is dramatically thinner. Netflix knows that and can flex its muscle to make clickbait claims like a recent Variety prognostication piece that brags the streaming giant can break an 85-year-old Oscar record in 2021. If five of their films get nominated for the Academy Award of Best Picture, which isn’t that difficult of a stretch, it will be the first time since 1937 that a single studio has earned that many Best Picture nominees in one year. Before you raise your eyebrows with a wow, you have to realize a big asterisk. For 65 of the 92 years of Oscars (from 1944 to 2009), the Best Picture nominees were limited to five total. I don’t care how strong a studio’s year was. A full-five sweep was never going to happen. It’s only since they widened the field, just as it was before 1944, that anything like this cute “record” was possible. While Netflix can walk around like the biggest rooster in the hen house, don’t drink all that manufactured hype. Look what all that hype did for The Irishman last year. Watch some Little Engine That Could movie from a little shingle (like Parasite from NEON last year or maybe Nomadland this year), beat the top cock again.
LESSON #3: TO CHARGE OR NOT TO CHARGE— Speaking of streaming, Disney feels like it’s running hot-and-cold with what to do with its major feature-length films. Do they put an extra price tag on it to make a little dough or do they include it with the Disney+ subscription? Hindsight 20/20, they would have absolutely raked charging any dollar amount they wanted lower than a Broadway ticket for Hamilton in July, but they didn’t. They come back in the fall with the delayed Mulan and slap the $30 PVOD tag on it to supposedly solid returns. Now, here they come with Pixar’s big hitter Soul going straight to Disney+ availability. For the future, word is they are now deciding what to do with Cruella starring Emma Stone, Pinocchio with Tom Hanks, and David Lowery’s Peter Pan and Wendy. Where’s the thought process and where’s the consistency or decision-making coming from?
LESSON #4: WAIT TO JUDGE THE FINAL PRODUCT— The very short first teaser trailer was released this week for a live-action Clifford The Red Dog movie from Paramount Pictures. It didn’t take long for people to lose their minds in a similar way they did a year ago for Sonic the Hedgehog. Leave it to Film Twitter to trash stuff sight unseen again. I ask the easiest question in the whole wide world: What did you honestly expect? Do you forget the cute books we all read as a kid? He’s a dog. He’s big. He’s red. That’s it. When you put that into a live-action setting, it’s going to look exactly like what you have in the teaser. Anything less would be more cartoonishly out of place than the premise already is. I think he looks fine. I get the side-eye given to Sonic the Hedgehog because that’s a walking and talking anthropomorphic character of extremely unique style that you need to be cartoonish to believe the so-called physics of. That’s not Clifford. All you need is a big red dog. Nothing fancy. Leave the movie alone until you see it work with its settings and other performers.
LESSON #5: READ THE BEST FILM CRITICS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THEIR ROLE— In the recommendation slot this week, books can be just as easy of a holiday gift idea as a good disc of physical media. If you are as fascinated with the film criticism you see flaunted by the likes of me, Feelin’ Film, or the other press-credentialed people connect to this social circle, dive into a good read from the historial titans of the journalism form. Don’t just go straight to Roger Ebert. You could learn a great deal from the likes of Pauline Kael, Leonard Maltin, A.O. Scott, and others. Indiewire posted a very good list of recommendations this past summer that would be excellent places to start with that Kindle or library card you work with.
LESSON #1: PEER PRESSURE CAN BE EFFECTIVE— With George Lucas long-retired and until James Cameron finally releases that next Avatar epic, the reigning King of Cinematic Hubris remains Christopher Nolan. His ardent activism for physical film will always be commendable, but he is not the “savior” the trades (and himself) tout him to be. Not if he can’t even properly tune his own films and has to hear about it from his peers and contemporaries. More than fans, fellow filmmakers have contacted Nolan about his messy sound mix from Tenet. To me, that’s when you know it’s bad, if you have buddies calling you it. Peer pressure is an effective motivator. Let’s see how it shifts the chip on the king’s shoulder below his self-made crown.
LESSON #2: WISE PEOPLE IN THIS BUSINESS CUT LONG-TERM DEALS— Back in the day, everyone from actors to filmmakers were on studio-exclusive contracts. If Paramount wanted to use a talent controlled by Warner Bros., they had to pay handsomely and vice versa. For the studios, it was winning bidding wars to secure top talent for multiple projects. For the actors, it was securing guaranteed work in an era before they made ungodly money. Somewhere along the way, the movies turned into looser free agency like you see today in baseball where everyone is a mercenary chasing paychecks.
To see David Fincher sign a four-year deal with Netflix feels old school and a win-win, joining Patty Jenkins on the squad. Netflix nabs a big name for their digital marquees. The Mank filmmaker gets a shingle that pushes for Oscars, far more creative freedom on set, and more guaranteed upfront money than he would chasing box office receipts, especially during a pandemic choking the industry. Don’t believe me or Fincher? Just ask Martin Scorsese. No one else, and I mean no one, in town was going to give him $200+ million to make the geriatric steak buffet that was The Irishman. That epic may not have netted Oscars, but it brought in new subscribers and that’s Netflix’s bottom line.
Netflix is not alone in getting out their checkbook to sign top-shelf creators. Apple TV+ has first-look deals with Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Alfonso Cuaron. Even if most of those are for TV projects, those are names worth marketing and bragging about for the up-and-coming streaming platform. Is this the death of cinema? No. This is job preservation and squeezing for artistic carte blanche that you normally can’t get.
LESSON #3: DON’T BEAT LIVE HORSES ANYMORE THAN DEAD HORSES— Speaking of David Fincher, he has a long-standing reputation of over-filming many scenes in his directorial career. He’ll go after 50 or more takes in some scenes, the polar opposite of Clint Eastwood being good after one or two. It’s a personal philosophy Fincher has gone on record to explain. Word from the set of Mank, by way of Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman, was that the director went for as many as 200 takes on a scene, something that supposedly “cracked” the latter Oscar winner. There is meticulousness and fastidiousness, and then there is exhausting punishment. Dude, I love you, David Fincher. It’s been too long since Gone Girl,but have some workplace efficiency and empathetic professionalism.
LESSON #4: NOW IS THE TIME TO SEE CITIZEN KANE— Speaking of Mank which is releasing into limited theaters today before debuting on Netflix on December 4th, this week’s final lesson in the usual go-home recommendation slot promotes just a single movie and quite possibly the greatest movie of all-time. To fully absorb and appreciate Fincher’s new movie, you must see Citizen Kane before it, period. If you’ve been putting it off because of its stature or the silly fact it’s old or in black-and-white, swallow hard, pick a day, and get through it. If you call yourself any level of film buff, connossieur, or fan, Orson Welles’ 1941 tour-de-force is required viewing as a cornerstone of visual filmmaking and storytelling techniques that would become the exemplars for decades. Citizen Kane is available now (thank you, JustWatch app) as part of HBO Max or can be rented for $3-4 on most streaming storefronts. If you want to do one better, straight up buy it or borrow any disc version of it from your local library. Seek out the late Roger Ebert’s audio commentary track. That will educate you more on film greatness in two hours than any self-made YouTube ranter or snarky podcast. Rented or bought, the movie is worth every penny and you will thank me for it.
LESSON #1: WE’RE RUNNING OUT OF THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO— By this point of any movie year with the calendar crossing into November, we would have film festival buzz from around the world announcing new films emerging for Oscars. We would have one or two big-studio early Oscar contenders like Joker, A Star is Born, The Departed, or Argo that dropped in October to beat the pack in a weak month of mostly horror offerings. The first weekend in November has delivered Marvel and James Bond movies over the years. We would be weeks away from a Disney/Pixar Thanksgiving tentpole with December not far behind for both prestige and blockbusters.
But this is 2020. None of that feels present or possible. A parade of top-flight movies like No Time to Die and others continue to flee to 2021. Wonder Woman 1984 appears to be the only one left and one has to think it’s a matter of time before it blinks too. Folks, that’s the reality and it’s a meager one. We (and investors) are going to have to continue to be sustained by digital and VOD events and small indies, even if they are lesser than what we hoped. We’re at a “something is better than nothing” point with 2020.
LESSON #2: HOW MANY HAVE YOU SEEN?— If the box office year ended today, the box office champion of 2020 would be Bad Boys for Life with a $204 million domestic total. Inflation set aside, that would be the lowest annual champ since 1995 when Batman Forever was king with $184 million. By a large margin, 2020 is the lowest earning industry year since 1981. Removing the 2019 carryovers, the rest of the 2020 top 10 would include Sonic the Hedgehog, Birds of Prey, Dolitte, The Invisible Man, The Call of the Wild, Tenet, The Gentleman, Fantasy Island, The New Mutants, and Like a Boss. How many have you seen? If you dive to the digital charts, the most-watched movie is Hamilton, followed by Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, My Spy, Extraction, Phineas & Ferb the Movie, and Mulan. How many of those have you seen? If those fingers from the second list outnumber the first, that will tell you how bad of a year it’s been.
LESSON #3: THERE IS NO BAILOUT COMING— On the heels of theater chains circling the drain (AMC) or completely going under (Regal), some folks are hoping for government rescue. Keep dreaming. If regular citizens can’t get better than a one-time check that barely equates a month’s livelihood, frivolous non-essential businesses like movies aren’t a priority. Unlike massive economy drivers and bigger special interests like the auto industry, the film industry is fluff. There’s no money in it for the government to bail theaters out, no matter who wins this as-yet-undeclared Presidential election. Rescue is going to have to come from someplace else.
LESSON #4: MOVIE PRESIDENTS > REAL-LIFE PRESIDENTS— I don’t know about you, but when I watch a good fictional movie President of the United States, I daydream what it would be like to have that character actually be the Commander-in-Chief in normal life. I see Michael Douglas in The American President, Bill Pullman in Independence Day, Kevin Kline in Dave, Harrison Ford in Air Force One, Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact, and many others and get lost in those dreamy thoughts compared to the times of today. I want that kind of real President, unfleshed out policy backgrounds be damned (because we know movies don’t actually cover all that). Even with that specificity of imaginative wonder, good characters like those are part of the escapism of movies. Coming out of this election year, go ahead and indulge in a President that will throw a man off his plane. Who’s your favorite movie President?
LESSON #5: FIND MOVIES THAT BRING JOY— The first three lessons of this column have been rough. The COVID-19 virus is experiencing a second surge. The Presidential Election has set off its hostile tizzies on both sides. Man, we just need a lift. We need movies that punch with joy. In the recommendation slot of WWLTW, I present this video submission from the Film Positivity channel on YouTube (give them a like and a subscribe). Their ten choices of Cinematic Joy are excellent. What would be yours?
DON SHANAHAN is a Chicago-based and Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic writing on his website Every Movie Has a Lesson. His movie review work is also published on 25YL (25 Years Later) and also on Medium.com for the MovieTime Guru publication. As an educator by day, Don writes his movie reviews with life lessons in mind, from the serious to the farcical. He is a proud director and one of the founders of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle and a member of the nationally-recognized Online Film Critics Society. As a contributor here on Feelin’ Film now for over two years, he’s going to expand those lessons to current movie news and trends while chipping in with guest spots and co-hosting duties, including the previous “Connecting with Classics” podcasts. Find “Every Movie Has a Lesson” on Facebook, Twitter, and Medium to follow his work. (#144)
LESSON #1: YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR…— Netflix announced it is raising its subscription rates to national customers by a dollar for the standard plan and two dollars for the premium plan. It’s their first price hike since January 2019. When your annual budget keeps climbing ($18.5 billion in 2020), you’re going to squeeze for more money at some point. Face it, though. They are the top brand and they know it. People are going to pay it because, even when bundled with a few other services, it’s all still cheaper and better than a cable TV plan filled with fluff. Above all other streaming providers, they are putting their money (which is your money) where their mouth is by continuously churning out new offerings and acquiring Oscar-level properties. Sure, the bit rate is being cheapened, and the algorithms narrow scrolling vision making people think that there’s nothing to watch on there, but what they have beats their nearest competitor, hands down. Compared to those theater tickets and Blockbuster rentals we all used to pay, $14 a month remains a steal.
LESSON #2: …AND OTHER TIMES YOU DON’T…— On the other hand, there are people throwing their money away elsewhere on stuff they don’t even get to keep. Pressured by a pending lawsuit citing unfair competition and fraudulent advertising, Amazon pounded their multi-billion-dollar fist on the table declaring that purchases to “buy” film titles is actually “limited license for on-demand viewing over an indefinite period of time.” Translation: You don’t really own them. You get them as long as you’re around, but you never know if a platform switches or the license goes away. That’s the opposite of getting what you paid for. That’s why you’ll hear folks like me and others preach the value and permanence of physical media. Be wary of that $5 4K digital download. It’s cute and convenient and all. I get that, but cover your butt and just straight up by the disc for $10. Screw minimalist Marie Kondo decoration and joy questions. Bring back the library walls and stock up some keepers.
LESSON #3: THE SHELF-LIFE OF SHORT FORM ENTERTAINMENT MATCHES ITS NAME— What was Quibi again? Yeah. I didn’t remember either. As it turns out, the platform backed by former Dreamworks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg is shutting down barely six months after its start. Even with a little bit of starpower here and there in their creative offerings, audiences didn’t come. People aren’t going to pay for short-form entertainment when the entire world of YouTube is free.
LESSON #4: IT’S TIME TO UPDATE YOUR BUCKET LISTS— Plenty of us Feelers are Letterboxd junkies who love their data and the completist challenges of fulfilling those lists. The ultimate list of all lists remains the “1001 Movies to See Before You Die.” The master list was just updated recently with new entries from 2003 to the 2019. Start here on page 27 to see the new additions in chronological order. The new entries are bold and comprehensive. Start clicking those boxes while still chasing the historical oldies you’re missing. Someday, you’re going to get them all!
LESSON #5: IF YOU NEED THE BEST, ASK THE BEST— In the usual final lesson spot of recommendations, I offer a Halloween special. October has traditionally been a month of binges and rewatches of horror movies. For a stupendous list, look no further than the master himself Stephen King. The list of his 22 all-time favorite films is diabolical, decadent, and delicious. Check those off your list with the 1001 from Lesson #4.
DON SHANAHAN is a Chicago-based and Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic writing on his website Every Movie Has a Lesson. His movie review work is also published on 25YL (25 Years Later) and also on Medium.com for the MovieTime Guru publication. As an educator by day, Don writes his movie reviews with life lessons in mind, from the serious to the farcical. He is a proud director and one of the founders of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle and a member of the nationally-recognized Online Film Critics Society. As a contributor here on Feelin’ Film now for over two years, he’s going to expand those lessons to current movie news and trends while chipping in with guest spots and co-hosting duties, including the previous “Connecting with Classics” podcasts. Find “Every Movie Has a Lesson” on Facebook, Twitter, and Medium to follow his work. (#143)
LESSON #1: WARNING LABELS CAN EDUCATE AND ARE BETTER THAN EDITING— Media giant and streaming player Disney has started to add on-screen warning messages in front of some of their Disney+ selections that include antiquated and misrepresented depictions of racial and ethnic stereotypes. I’ll gladly add my applause to that effort for two big reasons that aren’t mentioned in the cited news article. First, Disney has gone a wonderful educational step further with its connected “Stories Matter” website that presents company goals as well as individual descriptions of the “what/why” for each label film and its content. That has tremendous value. Second, they’re leaving the content itself alone and not tinkering with edits, cuts, and corrections (at least for now). That’s honorable integrity from a company that sometimes looks to just be about optics only. Now that they’re asses are covered, it’s time to release Song of the South already.
LESSON #2: BOUNCING BACK TAKES A COMBINATION OF DEATH AND SURVIVAL— Immediately after my last #WhatWeLearnedThisWeek column was posted, the huge and unfortunate news broke of the permanent closure of Regal Cinemas theater locations. Their demise has forced fellow chain AMC Theaters to consider bankruptcy with the prospects of running out of money in six months. We all hoped this wasn’t possible, but the astute among us saw this coming since March. You cannot sustain a business, large or small, that needs a steady stream of people and product offerings. Not enough of either are there right now, and the money was going to run out. Higher help is not coming. Unlike economy pushers like the auto industry, there is no leverage or advantage for the government to bail out the movie industry. Classic want vs. need there.
That said, I don’t buy all the bleakextinction talk, no matter how bad Tenet failed as a savior. Sad as this news is, moviegoing will survive this. It has made it through worse times than one bad year. What I do buy is change. The industry needs to adapt to the times and change for their survival. Beer companies changed their products and practices during Prohibition and they returned just fine. Movies need to do the same. If switching gameplans towards streaming as that vessel for the foreseeable future, just as Disney has suggested with Souland their whole future, so be it. Maybe we need more drive-in theaters that allow spacing. Maybe we need to take those 30-screen multiplexes and turn them into 15-screen venues instead with more spacious seating and less contact surfaces. This is like a forest fire that spurs regrowth through destruction. Some of this shit (i.e. price gouging and bad practices) needed to be burnt to the ground.
LESSON #3: YOU CANNOT CUT QUALITY AND CONTINUE TO CHARGE EQUAL OR MORE FOR SAID MISSING QUALITY— Maybe I’m just a perceptive former fat kid, but it just me or have the portion sizes of fast food burgers and candy bars gotten smaller in the last few decades? The reasoning most often cited is meeting stricter nutritional caps with less so-called sticker shock with calories. The prices, though, sure haven’t changed for getting less. That’s not supposed to happen with the movies. Size, noise, and bandwidth can and should keep improving if premiums are being paid to get them. That’s why resolution snobs and tech experts are squinting and calling early BS on Netflix’s plan to cut 4K bitrates on their streaming platform. You can’t sell diminishing results (as reported in the cited article) for the same extra charge. Check your wallets and maybe trim that bill down for a bit until that gets tuned better.
LESSON #4: HOW F’N BROKE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW?— Speaking of wallets, how much poorer are all of you movie consumers after the last month? Between Amazon Prime deals, Target bundles, a few Best Buy drops, shocking deals from the mysterious GRUV coming through, a recent Criterion sale, and little sales from Deep Discount, Olive, Arrow, and Shout, the bounties coming home for the physical media shoppers among the Feelin’ Film Facebook Group has been glorious to witness and join in. We’re all going to pay for this with crackers and soup for the rest of the year. But hey, we’ll be enthralled and entertained while starving!
DON SHANAHAN is a Chicago-based and Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic writing on his website Every Movie Has a Lesson. His movie review work is also published on 25YL (25 Years Later) and also on Medium.com for the MovieTime Guru publication. As an educator by day, Don writes his movie reviews with life lessons in mind, from the serious to the farcical. He is a proud director and one of the founders of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle and a member of the nationally-recognized Online Film Critics Society. As a contributor here on Feelin’ Film now for over two years, he’s going to expand those lessons to current movie news and trends while chipping in with guest spots and co-hosting duties, including the previous “Connecting with Classics” podcasts. Find “Every Movie Has a Lesson” on Facebook, Twitter, and Medium to follow his work. (#142)