Baltimore VIRTUAL Screening Pass-palooza – “Songbird”!

I’ve been stoked about two films coming soon this year: Promising Young Woman, and Songbird. I can’t say if I’ll have passes for the former, but for Songbird? Here they are! Did I mention this film was made during the pandemic? WHOA. Synopsis!

In the terrifying thriller SONGBIRD , the COVID-23 virus has mutated and the world is in its fourth year of lockdown. Infected Americans are ripped from their homes and forced into quarantine camps known as Q-Zones, from which there is no escape, as a few brave souls fight back against the forces of oppression. Amid this dystopian landscape, a fearless courier, Nico (KJ Apa), who’s immune to the deadly pathogen, finds hope and love with Sara (Sofia Carson), though her lockdown prohibits them from physical contact. When Sara is believed to have become infected, Nico races desperately across the barren streets of Los Angeles in search of the only thing that can save her from imprisonment … or worse.

Ready? Let’s…stay in!

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Ho or No? – “Operation Christmas Drop”

“You’re gonna fit in great around here. Clearly, you like giving orders.”

Genre: Armed Forces Holiday Luuuuurve

New Holiday Spirit or Ghost of Christmas Past?: Based on the real life Operation Christmas Drop by the US Air Force, a tradition since 1952.

Synopsis: Erica is a congressional assistant with her eyes on a possible Chief of Staff slot. So when her boss, Congresswoman Bradford, sends Erica to Guam to check out a base’s well known Christmas Drop (and see about closing the base)? Well, a cute Captain wasn’t part of the deal. Neither was getting her heartstrings tugged by the Drop. Will love blossom, and a base be saved? Are you new to this genre?

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Freaky Fridays – “The Cleansing Hour”

Horror, Cult Movies, Exploitation Cinema, 70s Schlock, and more! Let’s look at something cool every Friday!

“You don’t stream in 4k? That’s ghetto.”

Where I Watched: Shudder

Genre: Posession Horror, Faked Til It Wasn’t Fake Anymore Cautionary Tales

Pedigree: Based on the 2016 short film by the same director.

Synopsis: Drew and his BFF Max make fake exorcism videos that stream live on YouTube. But one night the fake gets a little too real. Why’d a real possession have to happen when Drew’s fiancée steps in as last-minute talent?

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Short Film/Short Review – “If anything happens I love you”

Genre: animated dramatic short
Watched on: Netflix

Welcome to the winner of this year’s Best Animated Short Film.

When their daughter is killed in a school shooting, her parents struggle to make it through the day, every day. Oh my God this is a gut punch to the heart. Beautiful, poignant, and a hell of a lot of power in twelve incredible minutes. Creators Michael Govier and Will McCormack crafted an intimate look at the aftermath of senseless murder, and it’s an instant classic.

Gorgeous visuals use a minimalist look to laser focus on the feelings of the parents left behind to pick up the pieces. Beautiful songs by Lindsay Marcus lend the perfect balance of beauty to the painful story. Déjà vu as this film unwinds? You’re not crazy; during the Parkland shootings, kids in the school texted their parents.

Watch this immediately. If you cry, that’s okay, you’re not alone. And if don’t mist up at least once, you’re dead inside. My heart breaks for you.

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My yearly “here have some tunes for Thanksgiving” post

Because what’s turkey day without Alice’s Restaurant, Mashed Potato Popcorn, and Rubber Biscuit? Have a great day – and Thanks everso!

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Ho or No? – Holly’s Holiday

“We should move in together!” – spoken less than five minutes after a first kiss

Where I Watched: Amazon Prime

Genre: WTF Holiday “Romance”

New Holiday Spirit or Ghost of Christmas Past?: It’s definitely…a thing.

Synopsis: Holly (because Christmas story, get it? GET IT) is a perfectionist in all aspects of her life. How do we know that? Because she’s young happens to work very hard at her job, while still maintaining a BFF and going out on the regular. But she’s ignoring the cute nice guy Milo in her office. She’s obviously in need of an attitude adjustment. Cue a fall on the ice, and a meet cute with a “perfect” guy. Hey, wasn’t there a male manequin in that shop window just a second ago?

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TrailerWatch – “Chaos Walking”

Ready for some scifi fun? Love Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley? (DUH) Check out the trailer for Chaos Walking, based on the book “The Knife of Never Letting Go” by Patrick Ness. (The first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy.) Synopsis!

In the not too distant future, Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) discovers Viola (Daisy Ridley), a
mysterious girl who crash lands on his planet, where all the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by “the Noise” – a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola’s life is threatened – and as Todd vows to protect her, he will have to discover his own inner power
and unlock the planet’s dark secrets.

Chaos Walking is currently scheduled to hit theaters January 2021.

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Ho or No? – “Christmas With a Prince”

“Well, this is completely insane.”

Genre: Romance With Extra Schmaltz

Streaming: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Tubi

Synopsis: Dr. Tasha Mason is a pediatrician in a small hospital in the woods. So when Prince Alexander – Tasha’s brother’s BFF and her high school nemesis – gets a broken leg at a nearby ski resort? Let’s have him stay in Pedes for the next few weeks! And whoa, it’s almost Christmas. Looks like Alex and Tasha are going to get cozy. Because of course they are.

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Freaky Fridays – “The Endless”

Horror, Cult Movies, 70s Schlock, and more! Let’s look at something cool every Friday!

“You figure it out.”

Genre: Calm But Crazy-ass Scifi

Pedigree: Riffs on Lovecraft, but has ideas that are based on real life events. A possible sequel/same universe link with the 2012 film Resolution by creators/stars Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead .

Synopsis: Brothers Justin and Aaron walked away from a suicide cult years ago. Okay, so older bro Justin ran off, dragging Aaron with him. But they just got a videotape from the cult, revealing the members are still alive. Aaron wants to check things out, Justin isn’t so sure. Naturally, they go to the commune in the sticks where the cult lives…and things look great. Too great. Must be that beer they brew.

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Movie News – “Wonder Woman 1984” to debut on HBO Max & in theaters on December 25th

Amazing news! Or, dare I say it, Wonder-ful? Fine. But this is a great compromise for pandemic ridden areas (which is basically everywhere in the US right now…)

WW84 will hit international markets a week earlier, but hey. I’m not jealous. It’s a great Xmas prezzie for me, and all other Wonder Woman fans. (It’s all about me, apparently…) Huzzah, Warner Brothers!

Read the full 411 after the jump!

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