Film

Hungry for Vengeance | Insatiable Season 1 | Netflix

It wasn’t until after I finished watching the Netflix original, Insatiable—all 12 episodes—before I realized that it was the show that pissed off the internet. In fact, NPR reviewed this show and called it “Lazy and dull, but at least it’s insulting,” which appears to be the sentiment heard ‘round…

HUMP Film Fest Returns to Sacramento • Sept. 15, 2018

The HUMP Film Fest has been making audiences squirm in their seats for 13 years. Renowned columnist Dan Savage (known for his “Savage Love” column) will bring this adult film showcase back to Sacramento at the Crest Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 15 (1017 K St.) with 21 new films in…

Muppets Gone Bad | The Happytime Murders | Rated R

I was really excited when I first heard about The Happytime Murders. Not only because film noir is my game, or because it was written by Todd Berger (who wrote and directed the hilariously sublime It’s a Disaster), but because it’s a Muppet noir that was directed by first-timer Brian…

You’re It | Tag | Rated R

“We don’t stop playing because we get older, we get older because we stop playing.” This quote is repeated ad nauseum throughout director Jeff Tomsic’s Tag, which hit theaters on Friday, June 15. The idea that play can improve the lives of both kids and adults alike is at the…

The Politics of Adulation | Bharat Ane Nenu | Not Rated

Thoroughly punch-drunk from being hand-led from one Marvelized CGI spectacle to the next over the past 10 summers, I thought I’d take a gamble on an Indian blockbuster film this week, a new Tollywood (Telugu-language) hit entitled Bharat Ane Nenu (I, Bharat), playing in select theaters in the Sacramento region….