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Film Review: Captain Underpants



Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is based off the children’s comic book series from the turn-of-the-century (the 21st century, obviously). As children’s books, it is chalk full of fart and toilet jokes — humor perfectly tailored for its prepubescent readers. The story lines throughout the 12 books have elementary themes of friendship and basic morality, ideas that fit the maturing mind of a child. These are great for a child to laugh at the incredibly juvenile jokes, pun fully intended, but lose all entertainment value as the reader ages. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but shows its roots as solely children’s entertainment. The film does not stray far from the source material: It is full of Uranus jokes and quips about gross names. This is not necessarily a poor decision; it pleases its target audience, and not much else, due to its one-dimensional perspective.


Film Review: Wonder Woman



I just went to see Wonder Woman for the second time in three days. My family had yet to see it, so I joined them to watch this summer blockbuster for a repeat viewing. As I entered the Dolby Cinema, a flagship theater that brings the most complete movie experience, it was sold out. There was a different crowd in the theater. This time it was filled with girls, mostly tweeners, wearing Wonder Woman shirts, socks, decals on their face, and various stylish apparel options. I grinned and let out a soft chuckle; they were me as a child. I remember watching Spiderman in my own costume times, spewing spidey webs from my wrists, imagining that I can be Peter Parker.


Space Disaster Film Drops Trailer


Today, the trailer for the Warner Bros. film “Geostorm” was released. The disaster flick, shot in New Orleans in late 2014 through early 2015, has long battled to get to the theaters. Plagued by years of reshoots and rescheduled release dates, the Dean Devlin directed film has been subject to rumors that the final product leaves a lot to be desired.  


'Hurricane Bianca' Makes Landfall


New Orleans has no shortage of drag royalty, but Bianca Del Rio (nee Roy Haylock) is the queen of queens, the Daenerys  Targaryen of the NOLA scene. Del Rio made a national name for herself after wining Season 6 winner of “Rupaul's Drag Race.” On Friday (6.03), she is releasing a feature film, “Hurricane Bianca.”


Sinkhole Seer

2000's "On Hostile Ground" Foreshadowed Infrastructure Drama (Sort Of)



You might not know the name Sharon Y. Cobb, but she is a visionary as far New Orleans is concerned. Cobb predicted the city’s current spate of sinkholes 16 years ago in her oft neglected television masterwork “on Hostile Ground.” The masterwork followed the story of a NOLA technocrat and her battle to stop sinkholes from devouring the Crescent City. Perhaps some of it will sound familiar.


Big Oozy Film Drops Trailer


Today, the first trailer for Lionsgate’s “Deepwater Horizon” movie was released. The film appears to be a classic 70’s style disaster flick focused on the actual blowout and the rig workers or “real heroes” involved—glossing over the months of uncontrolled oil pumping into the gulf, the economic devastation that followed, criminal negligence, or the subsequent years of environmental damage.


Double Feature (Videos)


Is the new House of Cards not all that you hoped? If you need plan B for your Netflix and chill, check out a pair of Crescent City classics online. New Orleans After Dark and King Creole are both now available online. Watch them after the jump.


Celluloid Savoir


Ella Brennan has been a legend in culinary circles for decades, but now a filmmaker is bringing the dining diva’s story to the silver screen. A two minute trailer for Leslie Iwerk’s  documentary “Ella Brennan” featuring a gaggle of restaurant industry bold faced names was just released.


Green Lights, Not White Flags


Last week, “GLEASON,” a documentary about the local hero premiered to universal acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival for industry insiders. Now, a much larger audience will be able to watch the movie. Amazon inked a deal to pick up “GLEASON” according to The Hollywood Reporter.


No White Flags at Sundance


Since 2011 when Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS, his battle with the disease has alternatively moved New Orleanians to tears and inspired us to greatness. Now, the rest of the world is learning Gleason’s story. “GLEASON,” a documentary about the local hero is dominating the Sundance Film Festival the same way that the former Saint dominated Atlanta on that fateful day in 2006.


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