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Kelly McInerney

Kelly McInerney

Kelly is a freelance writer/blogger/comedian/actor and geniunely a giant jack of all trades. She is an expert at entertainment trivia and news (seriously nobody can beat her at Scene It!). 

Website URL: http://www.starimpulse.com

SXSW Interview with the Cast and Writer/Director of Family

Family debuted at SXSW last week and it's a funny, honest, and refreshing film centered around strong leading ladies. It serves as a reminder that women can own a film too and it doesn't have to be one of those boring romcoms. We sat down with some of the cast along with writer/director Laura Steinel to discuss the film.

Everything Comes Down to Poop -- A Chat with the Sklar Brothers and Their New Documentary "Poop Talk"

Comedy comes in all shapes and sizes and some can be...a little shitty? Well at least when we're referencing the Sklar Brothers' new documentary Poop Talk. Cinelinx had the change to speak to the brothers about their upcoming film. The documentary revolves around exactly that: poop. Randy and Jason Sklar interviewed over 50 comedians and comedic actors about the topic, including themselves. Those familiar with the Sklar brothers comedy may be curious as to why they decided to do a fecal-centric documentary because they're not known for their blue (or should we say brown?) humor. Their pal, writer/director of the film, Aaron N. Feldman, proposed the idea to them and they had to think about it. “We had our own reservations,” explained Randy Sklar, “we thought about it then went back to him and said here's the movie we want to make – smart, honest discussion with funny friends...mixed in with scientists that give the information and we make a funny, smart, high brow – as much as we can – documentary about a difficult, taboo subject.” So Poop Talk was born.

Christopher Nolan Discusses Cinematic Storytelling at AFI

Christopher Nolan appeared at AFI fest this past Sunday to discuss his opinion on cinematic storytelling and his latest film Dunkirk. Guests watched Dunkirk on 70mm before the discussion, which was a gift in itself. The film is equally incredible when viewed on film than in an IMAX. 

Minority Retort: Garden State was Great!

Welcome back to another installment of Minority Retort, sure we've only had one so far and it's been nearly a year but what can I say? Most of 2017 is correct with their entertainment-related opinions. YES, Wonder Woman is great. YES, Riverdale is a cheesy but addictive and perfect teen drama. But what is wrong? What are you all wrong about?


Well, we have to go back, back to the year 2004 when the Governator ruled California, people were quoting Napoleon Dynamite nonstop, and Facebook was born. 2004 was also the year that a little indie gem called Garden State was released. Garden State was Zach Braff's directorial and writing debut – aside from directing several “Scrubs” episodes. It was praised by critics but, unfortunately, man people I know and many mainstream movie watchers cannot stand it. Is it Zach Braff's attitude? Is it the melodic indie soundtrack? Well, they are all wrong because this movie rules. 

SXSW - We Interview The Heroes From Served Like A Girl

Served Like a Girl premiered at SXSW last week and it is a documentary that follows five female veterans and how they create a sort of sisterhood to help the rising number of stranded homeless women veterans. We got the chance to sit down with a some of the female veterans and filmmaker Lysa Hayland Heslov.

Heslov's friend told her about Miss Veteran America which is a competition and pageant for female veterans. It highlights their courage, strength, and intelligence but also reminds us that they are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives. The documentary follows these veterans as they help with homeless vets and prepare for this competition. “I thought what a brilliant way to tell these women's stories and go on this journey with them as you're leading up to this great competition,” explains Heslov. The competition is about raising awarness and funds to homeless female veterans so it all ties in. 

The story of female veterans is not an easy story to tell. Although they have served and fought for their country, once they become vets medical care and the government kind of tosses them aside. Marissa Strock who served in the United States Military describes it by saying “We're a used toy now.” They received all the care and everything they needed when they were in the service, but once they were done serving, they were done with the help. 

To say that the treatment of veterans is frustrating and wrong is an understatement. It is pretty obvious as to why these women wanted to take part in a project like this, “We were able to tell our story through our own words and no longer have people to talk for women veterans who have no understanding of what we actually do while we serve and the sacrifice related to our service and also our struggles once we take the uniform off,” says Jasboothe who served in the army for 17 years and is currently a major in the reserves.  

Many of these women started serving because it was essentially a family business, their parents are in it, their grandparents were in it, and their kids are in it. 

Some had other reasons: “I was just tired of where I was, I was working 120 hours a week – 3 jobs – and I wasn't going anywhere, I wasn't going anywhere fast,” says Hope who served 11 years in the Navy, “if I was going to keep doing what I was doing I would have gone down the wrong road. […] It turned out to be something I was good at, and I knew that I was in the right fit once I joined.” 

Jasboothe grew up in the projects of Chicago and she wanted to show her son that just because she is a single mother doesn't mean she can't do what other woman or man can do. “I look at the military for one of the toughest professions in the world and I wanted to show my son that I can do it, and now he also serves his country,” explains Jasboothe.

It's a struggle to say the least, wanting to fight for your country but then after fighting for your medical benefits which is why films like this are important to get the word out. “I feel like the military mirrors American society, I think we still have a long way to go in American society when it comes to women and so we can't get there in the military until we first get there in the country that we serve,” says Jasboothe. Hopefully films like this will give our country a little push in the right direction. 


Best TV Shows to Binge this Winter

Well it's winter and not even the fun holiday-season of winter, that's behind us, now it is just cold. It's hard to want to do anything because of the weather and the daylight being much shorter. But that is great for one thing: television! This time of year is the best time for television and just binging a bunch of shows! I know there's a lot to choose from so I've create a list that covers the most important types of shows and the best ones you should be watching right now.

Minority Retort: La La Land isn't Worth the Hype

Ever see a film or look an actor's career than nearly everyone loves think are fantastic and ask yourself “why?” because you feel that they are the opposite of fantastic, but also ever see a film that nobody else has but it's so good you just want to shout out to the world and give this film a voice and an audience even though it has none? That's Minority Retort. Where the minority, the people that didn't like La La Land or didn't see Titanic (I have, but that is just an example) can speak their mind and reason with why they made this decision.

Hal Hartley and Aubrey Plaza Talk Ned Rifle With Cinelinx

Hal Hartley's trilogy is finally complete with the release of Ned Rifle. Ned Rifle continues the story of an immensely dysfunctional family, Ned (played by Liam Aiken), the son has turned eighteen and is out of witness protection and has revenge on the brain. His goal? To find his father, Henry (played by Thomas Jay Ryan), and kill him. Cinelinx had the chance to discuss the film with Hal Hartley and one of the film's stars, Aubrey Plaza.

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Our Favorite Films From SXSW

Kelly and Aaron both had the chance to go to SXSW this year and cover it for Cinelinx, here's their top movie recommendations that they had the chance to see and you need to see once they're released.

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