LmnO @ Movie Reviews: The Shape of Water

Set in the segregated 60s, The Shape of Water is about a mute cleaning woman who develops a bond with an other-species being who is a test subject at the government research facility where she works. Friends, spies, neighbors, supervisors and colleagues become allies and obstacles when she decides to aid his escape in this riveting tale of love, friendship, power and transformation (rebirth, unbirth).



-Story- The movie’s captivating chain of events unfolds beautifully. 

-Transformation Theme: All of the characters undergo transformations, rebirths and unbirths. The visuals and dialogue that accent these moments are treat to watch. 
Low Lights:

-The Era: either movies get too wrapped up in their depiction of racial tensions in US history (aka white savagery), or they don’t do it enough justice and simply gloss over them and use them as elemental anecdotes to set a scene. This movie does the latter, and while it doesn’t take away from the film, it’s premise or its characters, it takes away from my experience, so swerve. 
Runtime 123 min, R, Drama, Adventure, Fantasy

🔥🔥🔥🔥(out of 5)
Awards and Nominations


LmnO @ Movie Reviews: Mudbound

Taking place during WW II/Sharecropping era of the South, Mudbound tells the story of the McAllens and the Jacksons, two families’ whose fates are intertwined when the former starts roots in the farm town. Due to racial tensions (aka the threat of White Savagery) the lines between caring and coercive become blurred. When the young adult sons of each family return home from war and form an interracial friendship, their bond is tested as they critique themselves and their places in the world. 



-Mary J. Blige: No more pain? No more drama? Sheeeiyit. While I sneakily suspect Mary signed onto this project to live down this moment 

It was still great to see her emotional range in this project. 

The Cast: although I highlighted Mary J. Blige, every character shined equally in this film. The conflicts and compassion are really felt between the actors.

The Lowlights:

-The Era: While this was a poignant and powerful movie, I’m cool on movies set in this era. No, thank you. 

Runtime 134 min, R, Drama


🔥🔥🔥🔥(out of 5)

Awards Nominations

LmnO @ Reviews: Get Out

Get Out is a Sci-Fi Suspense Thriller about Chris(Daniel Kaluuya), who is in an interracial relationship, meeting and spending the weekend with his girlfriend, Rose’s (Allison Williams) parents. Awkwardness in conversations on race become the least of Luke’s worries when he discovers a sinister plot being carried out on the family’s property

-Misdirection: It’s difficult to praise twists in this story without giving up spoilers. I will say, though, that the surprises that come out are fun to watch and very effective at keeping you engaged. 

-Lil Rel: the best friend/side kick role of Rod, the was-concerned-now-I’m-crazy, was executed perfectly by Lil Rel Howry. More than just comic relief, this character moves the story incredibly and provides a perfect anchor to the civil society beyond the property’s gates. 

-Imagery: Jordan Peele really sells the films creepy/eerie moments with good framing and composition. The art aspect of this film is very pronounced and appreciated. 
Low Lights:

-Rose: Again, without revealing too much about the story, Claire’s character undergoes a transition, however everything from her before during and after seems stale and feigned. Yes, I know they’re acting. 

Runtime 104 min, R, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi (in my opinion)

🔥🔥🔥🔥(out of 5)

Award Nominations

SAG Awards:

-Best Lead Actor, Musical or Comedy, Daniel Kaluuya
Golden Globes:

-Outstanding Cast, (I’m not about to name the whole cast)

-Best Lead Actor, Daniel Kaluuya

1/14 Out Chea: Sketches from the Underground at @iOWest 11pm


OUTCHEA (pronounced ow-chia) is the only program featuring an eclectic lineup that blends sketch and stand up comedians. Produced by iO West’s Leonard Smith Jr. (The Cover Up) and Anyi Malik (Redford), the show cracks jokes on the benign, the scandalous, any and everything in between. Looking for a show that delivers the full comedy experience? We’re “Out Chea!”

This month with:

Amarie Lee

Jay Washington

Bri Giger

Leonard Smith Jr.

Anyi Malik

with guests

Aaron Powell

Dave Helem

Wil Gelin

and more

$5 on iO West website

1/7 Redford + Garden Party @iOWest 9pm

Redford is an iO House Sketch Team formed from comedians of varying backgrounds (Second City, Groundlings, UCB and iO trained performers) and the leadership of acclaimed comedy director Brett Weiner (dir. Verbatim, official selection of Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals). 

Come see us this and every 1st Sunday of the month for brand new sketch comedy. This month with Garden Party!
21+ tickets $5

LmnO @ the Wake & Bake Podcast with Tema Louise It’s all #9 with Steve Gillespie, Del Harrison and Anyi Malik

This holiblaze edition of the “Wake & Bake” podcast. We yak about successes, love for marijuana and our thoughts on dogs in sweaters (mostly disdain from Anyi) and costumes. Hosted by Tema Louise Sall. “The 420 Friendly Comedy Show” is hosted by Tema Louise Sall every Sunday night at 8:00 P.M. at the Wake & Bake Breakfast Club in North Hollywood, CA. The “Wake & Bake” podcast is recorded live at The World Famous Comedy Store in West Hollywood, CA.