Welcome to The Reel Deal: movie reviews and happening from the mind of David Palmer.
I like movies, like kind of a lot. I’ve been seeing them since 1994 and reviewing them since 2011.
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you at the movies!
If you’re like me, you’re fascinated not only with movies but with the box office. It’s fun to see surprise hits (“Get Out”), Cinderella stories (“Parasite”) and record-breakers (“Avengers: Endgame”), but for me it is far more interesting to dissect when things go wrong. Not that I wish harm on any film, making movies is… Continue reading Biggest Box Office Bombs of 2020 (A Running List as of 10/11)
Chadwick Boseman, man… “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is based on the play of the same name by August Wilson, and follows “Mother of the Blues” singer Ma Rainey (Viola Davis) amid a stressful recording session one summer afternoon in 1927 Chicago. Chadwick Boseman also stars (in his final film appearance), with Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo,… Continue reading Chadwick Boseman Gives a Touching Swansong Performance in ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’
Sometimes it is wonderful when a movie is exactly what its trailer made it out to look like. “Freaky” puts a twist on the body-swap tale, when a notorious serial killer (Vince Vaughn) switches places with one of his teenage victims (Kathryn Newton). Katie Finneran, Celeste O’Connor, Misha Osherovich, and Alan Ruck also star as… Continue reading Vince Vaughn Is Having a Bloody Good Time in ‘Freaky’
See, this is what happens when you don’t give people their Oscars when they deserve them; they put on a bunch of makeup and take on heavy-handed family dramas. “Hillbilly Elegy” is based on the memoir of the same name by J.D. Vance about his upbringing in rural Ohio, and the struggles he faces with… Continue reading ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Is a Contrived Family Drama