Latest Movie Releases: Week of January 18
|The 2nd||Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business||I Carry You with Me||The Marksman||Nine Days||Our Friend||The White Tiger|
Andy Kindler has been a stand-up comic for over 30 years; toured endlessly across North America; co-starred in hit TV shows like Everybody Loves Raymond, Bob's Burgers, and Maron; spent years doing regular field pieces on The Late Show with David Letterman and returns to the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal every year to deliver his "State of the Industry
After fifteen years, three hundred twenty-seven episodes and more deaths and resurrections than I can count – Supernatural has ended.
Traditionally, I've ended every season finale with a brief summary but this one is special. Pitched many years ago by Eric Kripke to the WB Network, Supernatural was the back-up plan.
Chuck is no longer God and Jack is gone. With no one left pulling their strings, Sam and Dean Winchester are free. They live their lives and continue on, looking for the next thing until Dean spots something they need to deal with right away – a pie festival.
The last stand.
Everyone is gone. Twisting the knife in his victory over the Winchesters, Chuck has wiped everyone off the face of the earth – save Sam, Dean and Jack. Without any hope, the Winchesters try to bargain with Chuck and offer their lives in exchange for everyone.
Don't fear the reaper.
As Chuck was the man behind the curtain pulling the strings all along, the plan is in pieces and Jack is a bomb of divine energy waiting to go off. The Winchesters and Castiel are running out of time with no way to contain the destruction when suddenly Billie appears. They explain how the plan was doomed to failure and she is none too pleased.
The end is nigh.
After seeing the signs of his return in the stars, Amara knows that Chuck is back. After arriving at the bunker, she tells Sam and Dean that the time is now. With one final ritual remaining, Jack and Dean hit the road but Sam stays behind.
Every motel has a sad story.
Travis John arrives at Rooster's Sunrise Motel late at night. He's tired, scared and wants to be anywhere else but there. Something deep inside pushes him to carry on and check into room 214. After settling in, he takes a swig of whiskey before something old, dark and violent slinks out of the closet.
When you watch a documentary called Weed & Wine, you pretty much know what you're getting into: you're going to learn about two worlds that are similar and yet different. This is personified in a cannabis farmer from California and a family vineyard in France. The film does this quite well. I was genuinely interested, and learned in a way that didn't feel heavy handed.
The darkness returns.
At Patchwork, a community place or worship, the weary can take shelter within its walls because all are welcome, regardless or circumstance, faith or creed. While walking home from volunteering, Conner hears someone call his name in the alley for help but when moves closer to get a better view, he's attacked and taken.
Stand by for full power.
When more and more mechanical issues start creeping up in the bunker, Dean knows it's time to roll up their sleeves and fix the problem. After going into the boiler room, he and Sam notice that the power is noted to still be in standby mode.
In an effort to avoid burying the lead, I enjoyed Feast of the Seven Fishes, and there's a lot of heart to unpack. However, like many decent films, its intentions are slightly off. The film doesn't really work as a romantic comedy, but as a time capsule, it's very strong.
Writing a romantic comedy is hard.