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A common refrain over the past few months has been that 2020, in addition to being a rough year for everyone overall, was also a rough year for movies. But while the pandemic’s impact on the entertainment industry cannot be overstated (and may not truly be known for several more years), and several big-budget movies were bumped further down the release calendar, I’m not ready to relegate the films of 2020 to the same scrap heap that the rest of the year deserved. There were plenty of great films that made their way to audiences – you just had to do a bit more digging to find some of them.
Looking back at a year we’d all rather forget, I’ll happily remember these films as buoys which helped keep me afloat during some scary, discouraging times. These are my ten favorite movies of 2020. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 by Ben Pearson
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The Movie: Unpregnant
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: When Type-A high school student Veronica (Haley Lu Richardson) finds out that she’s pregnant, she enlists the help of her former best friend Bailey (Barbie Ferreira) to go on a cross-country road trip in order to get an abortion without her parents finding out. As you might expect, hijinks ensue.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Earlier this year, writer/director Eliza Hittman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always explored the harrowing horrors of what some teenagers have to go through in order to get an abortion in this country, thanks to backwards and archaic laws that unfairly govern women’s bodies. Unpregnant does the same thing, but whereas Never Rarely is a moody, powerfully acted piece of serious drama, this movie views its protagonist’s situation from a comedic angle. Neither approach is “better,” since they’re both great at what they’re trying to do. But if you’re looking for a fun, funny, heartwarming new comedy, Unpregnant is one of the best hidden gems of the year so far. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 by Hoai-Tran Bui
It seems impossible to make a comedy out of an abortion, but Unpregnant is just the latest film to find humor in the serious situation. Like one homeskillet before her, Haley Lu Richardson plays a teen who finds herself facing one doodle that can’t be undid: a positive pregnancy test. Unwilling to turn to her boyfriend, her best friend, and her super religious parents, Richardson’s Veronica turns to her former best friend (Barbie Ferreira) who begrudgingly embarks on a 1,000-mile road trip to an abortion clinic. Watch the Unpregnant trailer below.
Posted on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 by Ben Pearson
We’re just a few days away from the launches of both AppleTV+ and Disney+, but there is still at least one more major player waiting to enter the streaming wars after those two: HBO Max. WarnerMedia’s streaming service will debut in spring of 2020 with around 10,000 hours of content available to consume, including popular hits like Friends and The Big Bang Theory. But there are also tons of original series in development for the new service, and we’re here to round them all up in one place so you can decide if it’s going to be worth it to add yet another streaming service to your monthly budget.
The service will provide content from every branch of the WarnerMedia corporate tree, including HBO, Warner Bros., New Line, DC Entertainment, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, and Looney Tunes. Here’s a list of all of the HBO Max shows we know about so far (not to be confused with HBO originals, which are a whole separate thing).
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Posted on Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 by Ethan Anderton
HBO Max hasn’t yet announced their official launch date, but they’ve been burning through money by purchasing the streaming rights to shows like Friends and The Big Bang Theory. However, they’re also already hard at work on their first original films, and one more has just been announced.
UNpregnant will adapt the young adult novel of the same name by Jenni Hendricks (How I Met Your Mother) and Ted Caplan (the music editor for The Greatest Showman), with a story that focuses on a 17-year old girl (Haley Lu Richardson of Five Feet Apart) who finds herself with an unwanted pregnancy, leaving her with an important decision to make for her future. Find out more below. Read More »