‘Everything Everywhere’ is Great

Dear Gentleman Reader: Oh, you’re in quite a ball this weekend. Not only is there a second season of “Bridgeton” on Netflix, but a brilliant, elegantly made Apple TV+ eight-part series based on Min Jin Lee’s beloved novel “Pachinko.”

Want to show your face in theaters instead? Oh, you lucky phantom, you. A cameo in “The Lost City” with the divine Michelle Yeoh and a hilarious Jamie Lee Curtis is the brilliant, crazy metaversing “Everything Everywhere All At Once” starring Brad Pitt alongside Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, and Daniel Radcliffe.

Here is our roundup.

“Everywhere at once”: I’ve seen lots, maybe too many movies in my time, but rarely have I seen anything on screen that is so crazy and wildly creative as the simple cinematic ciphers of Daniel Kwan and Daniel Sheinert . Michelle Yeoh triumphs as Evelyn Wang, a depressed, financially strapped Los Angeles laundromat owner whose life is stuck on the same old spin cycle. Prepared to serve up her husband/co-owner (a lovable Ke Hua Quan) divorce papers, Evelyn’s fate turns when she visits the IRS and encounters a desperately fashionless, paper-pushing nightmare of Deirdre Beauberda ( Jamie Lee Curtis joins in a go-for-smashed performance that should earn him an Oscar), an agent Wang was annoyed by the professors’ dubious receipts. Add Wang’s rejected lesbian daughter Joy (Stephanie Sue) and a path into a new dimension in this wacky assembly and you’re in for a kooky mashup of a forceful superhero/sci-fi/family drama that’s delightfully unpredictable. But there’s a point to all this madness, and Daniels is in complete control, even when you think he may have lost his grip. Along with the unforgettable performances, there is a whole lot of depth and empowerment here. Simply put, it’s fantastic, and I’m dying to see it again. description: 4 stars out of 4 of us; In cinemas on March 25.

“Pachinko”: With so many streaming series to choose from, it’s hard to be suitably discerning. Here is what you need to look at the top. Apple TV+ continues its claim in 2022 as the dreamer of delivering quality rather than quantity. “Pachinko” is a stunning, audacious and ambitious eight-part adaptation of Min Jin Lee’s epic novel about generations of a Korean family that confront adversity, racism and tragedy after the occupation of Japan.

Production values ​​are top-notch, from sets to costumes and re-creations of the Korea/Japan/America kind of 20th century. “Pachinko” tells a multi-layered, multi-dimensional story that jumps from generation to generation and across time periods. The boom is handled with elegance and agility by its directors – the talented duo of Kogonada (“After Yang”) and Justin Chon (“Blue Bayou”). Each episode is a highly cinematic, emotional experience that often leaves you in tears, especially when it depicts the aftermath of the occupation of Korea and the clan’s move to Japan.

An attentive audience is required to blend the complex emotions and situations with the vast cast of characters, but it remains one of the most impressive series yet on any streamer. It also raises hope that we may encounter these characters again. description: 4 stars; Available on Apple TV+ on March 25.

‘Bridgeton Season 2’: Hearts were truly crushed when it was announced that hunky reggae-gene Page would not be reprising his role as Duke for the second season of Shondaland’s sexy Regency romance. The great news, however, is that this sophomore outing based on Julia Quinn’s brasserie is quite a period pipe, a playful if not quite steamy outing—or at least the first three episodes hinted at, with a sly grin.

In this romp, the historical love affair turns into Daphne Bridgerton’s (Phoebe Danever) non-controversial brother Anthony (a delicious Jonathan Bailey with a gift at comic timing). He is looking for a suitable partner along with many others in search of that honor including Edwina Sharma (Charita Chandran). But Edwina’s older sister Kate isn’t too impressed with Anthony, and by the time romantic sparks begin to fly, the two fall in love. It’s their love-hate-love exchange that gives “Bridgeton” more flair, along with some sly dialogue and more development of supporting characters, the delightful Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) whose alter ego gossiping, and Anthony’s free-minded sister Eloise (Claudia Jesse). It’s all done with passionate wit, both in front of and behind the camera. description: 3 stars; Available on Netflix on March 25.

“All my friends hate me”: In director Andrew Gaynord’s dark comedy, an uninformed Pete (co-screenwriter Tom Storton) decides to celebrate his 31st birthday at a college reunion held at a friend’s remote British family estate. He learns to repent. From a strange encounter along the way to something strange happens to him once he reaches his destination, Pete often becomes the subject of ridicule and anguish. Gaynord’s oddball feature is a distressing comedy on isolation that might even give you pause to get back to the old gang you used to hang out with. The screenplay, co-written by Tom Palmer, makes it an unforgettable endurance test. description: 3 stars; Available to rent in select theaters and online on March 25.

“Ahad’s knee”: You can always count on Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid to deliver a provocative drama that defies pat classification or condensation. In this follow-up to his 2019 indie sensation “Synonyms,” a frustrated filmmaker Y (Avshalom Pollock), socks it to government censors, during a Q&A after the screening of his latest feature . She is already emotionally unstable due to her mother’s ill health and is itching to fight. His visceral reactions impress the youth minister of culture Yahlom (Nur Fibak). Lapid specializes in allowing thorny characters to flesh out and reveal the complexities of a land and its people. description: 3 stars; In select theaters on March 25.

“So cold river”: Novelist Michael Coretta is watching many of his thrillers turn into movies. This adaptation of his 2010 supernatural page-turner kicks off the one before “They Who Wish Me Dead” with Angelina Jolie. Director Paul Scholberg generously tweaked elements of the novel, changing the main character from a male to a female documentary filmmaker Erica Shaw (an excellent Bethany Joy Lenz). Erica finds herself embroiled in the dark, violent history of a small town that was under the influence of billionaire citizen Campbell Bradford. Hired to make a doctor on the life of the dying Campbell, Erica comes into possession of a Stephen King-like relic filled with a potent liquid. “So Cold the River” is rather ridiculous, but it’s also quite thrilling and laced with a frightening, sinister mood. description: 3 stars; in select theaters March 25; Available to rent online March 29.

“100 Years of Men in Love – The Accidental Collection”: In Here TV’s hour-long documentary, an unexpected hobby of discovering many old photographs—from the 1850s to the 1950s—turns into an obsession of male couples in love and a reflection on how same-sex couples slyly suggest Given that they were together. Written and directed by David Milburn, “100 Years of Men in Love” sprinkles in comments from collectors Hugh Niney and Neil Treadwell, but allows the pictures to tell the story, and it’s enlightening to watch. description: 2½ stars; Available on HereTV on 25th March.

Contact Randy Myers at soitsrandy@gmail.com.

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