Tag Archives: Forrest Films

Quick Links: Just Mercy, Brave New World, The Dawn Patrol (1938), Created Equal, and The Stand at Paxton County

Alas, I have neglected to link to several movie reviews that were posted at the Independent Institute. Here are quick hits and links to five recent reviews. They represent a smorgasbord of styles, themes, and visuals.

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley’s dystopian science fiction classic gets a modern makeover in Brave New World. A nine-part limited series on the Peacock network, the series stays true to one of the most important themes of the novel: What does it mean to be happy? But fans of the novel are unlikely to be fully satisfied. One season of a TV series simply can’t do full justice to the story’s layers and complexity. Nevertheless,

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Lady Driver bolstered by wonder of dirt-track car racing

Streaming: Netflix

I couldn’t help thinking that if NASCAR made movies like Lady Driver the sport would be cultivating a whole new legion of young fans and drivers. Fortunately, independent film companies like ESX Entertainment and Forrest Films are diving into these inspirational stories. While Lady Driver has its flaws, for the most part the movie is fun family-friendly entertainment. 

The Story

Lady Driver tells the story of an angst-filled teenager, Ellie Lansing (Grace Van Dien). She’s bucking against her mother’s confining parenting in upper-crust Monterrey, California. Ellie is frustrated by her own interests being pushed aside — like getting her driver’s license — for family obligations and the ostracization she experiences at school for being different. Ellie is habitually late; she prefers her time in shop with the gearheads rather than regular academic classes. Fed up, Ellie runs away to search-out her estranged Uncle Tim (Sean Patrick Flanery) in northern California. 

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