Movie Review: FANTASY ISLAND

FANTASY ISLAND movie poster | ©2020 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Michael Pena, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Jimmy O. Yang, Portia Doubleday, Ryan Hansen, Michael Rooker, Parisa Fitz-Henley Writers: Jeff Wadlow & Chris Roach & Jillian Jacobs, based on the TV series created by Gene Levitt Director: Jeff Wadlow Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: February 14, 2020 FANTASY ISLAND spends most of its running time urging viewers to try to figure out what’s going on here. This isn’t a problem of coherence, but rather setting up a mystery of how four seemingly unconnected plot strands will come together, and how exactly the island works. Consequently, FANTASY ISLAND […]Read On »

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RYAN HANSEN SOLVES CRIMES ON TELEVISION: Samira Wiley on Season 1 of the YouTube Red series – Exclusive Interview

Samira Wiley in RYAN HANSEN SOLVES CRIMES ON TELEVISION - Season 1 | ©2017 YouTube Red

RYAN HANSEN SOLVES CRIMES ON TELEVISION is on the streaming service YouTube Red. In it, the actor Ryan Hansen plays an absurdist version of himself, bringing his camera crew to tag along with exasperated LAPD detective Jessica Mathers, who is played by Samira Wiley. Wiley is having quite a year. Her popular character Poussey Washington died tragically in the prison dramedy ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. Then Wiley received a Supporting Actress Emmy nomination for her work as the severely oppressed Moira in THE HANDMAID’S TALE. On the personal front, Wiley also married ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK writer/producer Lauren […]Read On »

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RYAN HANSEN SOLVES CRIMES ON TELEVISION: Creator Rawson Marshall Thurber on new comedy series – Interview

Ryan Hansen and Samira Wiley in RYAN HANSEN SOLVES CRIMES - Season 1 | ©2017 YouTube Red

In the new YouTube Red comedy series RYAN HANSEN SOLVES CRIMES ON TELEVISION, actor Ryan Hansen plays an oblivious version of himself. This Ryan Hansen is being followed around by a reality TV crew as he helps, and annoys, LAPD Detective Jessica Mathers (Samira Wiley) catch criminals. RYAN HANSEN SOLVES CRIMES ON TELEVISION was created by Rawson Marshall Thurber, a writer/director whose feature credits include the cult comedy DODGEBALL, WE’RE THE MILLERS, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE and the upcoming actioner SKYSCRAPER. ASSIGNMENT X: Did RYAN HANSEN SOLVES CRIMES ON TELEVISION fit into your movie-making schedule? RAWSON MARSHALL THURBER: It sure did. I […]Read On »

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