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She’s a shy, awkward high school student who is frequently bullied. He’s a local serial killer who has an affinity for stabbing. What happens when the two switch bodies for 24 hours?

Co-written and directed by Happy Death Day’s Christopher Landon, Freaky stars Kathryn Newton as Millie and Vince Vaughn as the Butcher. However, for much of the film, Newtown plays the Butcher and Vaughn plays Millie. The result is a hilarious horror/comedy that does not back down from the gruesome, bloody deaths associated with the genre to which it so lovingly pays homage.

With his Happy Death Day films, Landon established himself as a filmmaker who understands formula and how to manipulate it. Adhering to formula creates an expectation in the audience as to what is supposed to happen next, which leaves open the opportunity to subvert those expectations. Landon also showed he can blend genres — specifically horror and comedy — to create something unique that satisfies both categories. …


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With election night just over a week away, we as citizens must start coming to grips with the very real possibility that Donald Trump won’t leave office. While no one can know for sure exactly how the election will play out, Trump has given us more than enough signs for us to legitimately prepare for this.

The United States is at a very crucial moment going into this election. COVID-19 has drastically changed our lives. Things we had come to expect and take for granted were suddenly ripped out from under our feet. Seven months into the pandemic, it doesn’t seem like we will ever be able to fully return to how our lives were before it hit. …


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HBO Max just renewed Harley Quinn for a third season, so now is your chance to catch up on this show!

After breaking up with the Joker (Alan Tudyk), Harley Quinn (Kaley Cuoco) sets out to become the biggest supervillain in Gotham. To do so, she brings together a rather unconventional team: her best friend — and maybe more — Poison Ivy (Lake Bell), aspiring thespian Clayface (Tudyk), the recently canceled Dr. Psycho (Tony Hale), and the all-too-innocent King Shark (Ron Funches).

Harley Quinn is certainly an adult-targeted animated comedy series, going places that are sometimes quite surprising. However, even with all of the comedy, it remains a comic book series. It’s filled with gags and riffs on all of DC’s characters, while also having big bombastic comic book action and spectacle. The overarching narrative of the series is incredibly bold, telling an unexpectedly dark story. …


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He’s a nine-time Oscar host and a revered comedy legend. He’s an up-and-coming comedy star who was a voice in the biggest animated movie of all time. So what happens when these two are forced to work together?

The Comedians “documents” the behind-the-scenes making of The Billy and Josh Show, and the conflict between stars Billy Crystal and Josh Gad. After FX decides that Billy’s planned television show needs to be spruced up, they pair him with Frozen star Josh Gad. …


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Shortly after season two of Fleabag dropped on Amazon Prime in 2019, Barack Obama put it on his list as one of his favorite television series of the year. A particular scene in the first episode of season one will make you wonder what was going through his head when he was watching this show…

For a long time, Fleabag has been one of those shows that I have heard great things about, but I’ve never gotten around to watching myself. While looking for a new comedy series to watch, I figured I’d give it a shot; and I am so glad that I did. …


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“Friends are the family you choose”

While volunteering at a Santa Monica camp called Zeno Mountain Farm, Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz met Zack Gottsagen. Participating in the camp’s acting workshop, Gottsagen had big dreams to become an actor. Nilson and Schwartz instantly recognized Gottsagen’s talents, and vowed to write a film featuring him in the leading role. The only hurdle was that neither Nilson nor Schwartz had any feature-film screenwriting experience.

It took time and determination, but Nilson and Schwartz wrote The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019). Using Gottsagen’s drive to become an actor as inspiration, the film tells the story of a young man named Zak with Down syndrome who has been living in a retirement home with big dreams to become a wrestler. He escapes the home, where his path intersects with Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a man on the run dealing with his own demons. …


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**Some spoilers for An American Pickle**

Normally, I would say that double the Seth Rogen must mean double the fun, but that’s not necessarily the case with the new HBO Max film, An American Pickle.

Rogen plays Herschel Greenbaum, a Jewish immigrant who travels to America in 1919 in order to make a name for himself. However, on one fateful day while working in a pickle factory, he falls into a vat of pickle juice and is perfectly preserved for a hundred years. Waking up in modern day, he is reunited with his great grandson, Ben (also Rogen).

While the plot is absurd, I was really on board with this premise. I thought it was just wacky enough to invite some great out-there comedy. I am also a really big fan of Seth Rogen. Regardless of what he is in, I will be excited and eager to watch it. However, that may have been my downfall with An American Pickle.


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COVID-19 has thrown the Hollywood film industry into absolute turmoil to say the least. While the rest of the world is easing back into normalcy, the rising cases of COVID in the United States has left the Hollywood movie studios in an incredibly difficult position. With a build-up of 2020 releases ready to go, how do you distribute these movies when your biggest market doesn’t have theaters open?

Back in April, I wrote an article analyzing what ripple effects COVID-19 may have on movie theaters and the Hollywood film industry. In it, I discussed how the movie theaters being closed for an extended period of time would lead to many theaters shutting down permanently, if not entire chains going out of business. …


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“They are dying, that’s true. And it is what it is.” The immortal words of a president in the midst of a global pandemic, as hundreds of thousands of his citizens are dying. We all watched President Donald Trump during his Axios interview with Jonathan Swan, many of us writhing in our seats as he poured over first grade level bar graphs that he could not understand.

“How is this guy our president?” many of us are asking. Many of us have been asking that since November 8, 2016. …


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It’s 5:30am. The baby’s crying, but you need to finish prepping for your big pitch at work that morning. What do you do? You do the near impossible: both.

Workin’ Moms, created by Catherine Reitman, is a Canadian-produced comedy series that follows four different moms as they try to balance their work lives and their families. Currently streaming on Netflix, the series dives deep into these characters, as new situations continuously put them to the test.

I knew nothing about this show prior to watching it. I heard it referenced on a podcast and one night when I was looking for something new to watch, I decided to give it a shot. Within the first five minutes, I was immediately hooked. As I went through the four seasons, I never wanted it to end. Workin’ Moms is brilliantly written, led by fantastic actors who have such an innate sense of comedic timing. …

About

Nathanael Molnár

I’ve been writing about movies since 2014. I studied film at Fitchburg State University, and I’ve written and directed some short films. @nathanaelmolnar

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