Shakefire.com - Jake Ryan http://shakefire.com/tags/jake-ryan en Eighth Grade http://shakefire.com/review/eighth-grade <h1 id="page-title">Eighth Grade</h1><div class="field field-name-field-review field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Review:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/reviews/theatrical" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Theatrical</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-is-exclusive field-type-list-boolean field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Exclusive?:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-grade field-type-number-decimal field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Grade:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">4.00</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/eighth-grade" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Eighth Grade</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/bo-burnham" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Bo Burnham</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/elsie-fisher" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Elsie Fisher</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/josh-hamilton" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Josh Hamilton</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/emily-robinson" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Emily Robinson</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/jake-ryan" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Jake Ryan</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/fred-hechinger" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Fred Hechinger</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-31afce8e-db8e-1547-ccc1-00bcef31cade"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">At first glance the idea of a 27-year-old man writing and directing a film about a girl struggling through eighth grade might sound strange, but comedian Bo Burnham perfectly captures that awkward stage of adolescence we all went through in his ambitious feature film debut. </span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-style: italic; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Eighth Grade</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> brings the coming-of-age genre to a new generation of kids with its focus on growing up in the age of social media; a topic I have rarely seen addressed in film before now. It will bring out all the emotions in you with a powerful breakthrough performance by lead actress Elsie Fisher in this must-see film of the year. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> </p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-31afce8e-db8e-1547-ccc1-00bcef31cade"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Kayla Day (Fischer) is trying to find her own voice in a sea of middle school students as she enters her final week of eighth grade. At school she's practically invisible, having been voted as “Most Quiet” by her class, but in her free time she posts motivational videos to YouTube that showcase a more creative and outspoken version of herself that she'd like to be. Through end of the year parties, hang outs with high schoolers, and conversations with her single father Mark (Josh Hamilton), we get a glimpse into the moments that shape her young life. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> </p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-31afce8e-db8e-1547-ccc1-00bcef31cade"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The coming-of-age genre has always felt like its been stuck within a separate time bubble, shielded from the world around it as little has changed over the years in terms of the themes the films often address; identity, morality, sexuality, etc. </span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-style: italic; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Eighth Grade</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> is no different in that regard, but by grounding Kayla’s struggles within today’s tech savvy and social media driven world we’re able to see how it’s changing the way kids grow up, for better and for worse. There’s a whole scene that takes place during an active shooter drill at school, for instance. You can’t get more timely than that.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> </p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-31afce8e-db8e-1547-ccc1-00bcef31cade"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Elsie Fisher is phenomenal as Kayla as she struggles with balancing her online and offline lives, something I believe we all can all identify with. She stays up late at night taking multiple selfies that look nearly identical as she finds the absolute perfect pose for Instagram. Conversations with her father at the dinner table are kept at a minimum number of words as most of her time is spent looking down at her phone with her earbuds in. The majority of her growing up happens amidst the faint glow of a screen. Fisher brings a realism to the role that makes her shine. You feel her pain when she’s venting into her webcam for one of her YouTube videos. You feel her fear when she’s in the backseat of a car with a much older boy from high school. She wears her emotions on the outside so you always know exactly how she’s feeling in any given scene. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> </p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-31afce8e-db8e-1547-ccc1-00bcef31cade"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-style: italic; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Eighth Grade</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> takes audiences back to what it was like when we were all just turning into teenagers. It's ambitious, beautiful, heartwarming, and expressive. Bo Burnham has crafted a wonderfully grounded story that we can all identify with; whether it’s through Kayla and her struggles with being seen by everyone else or through Mark and his struggles with trying to connect with his daughter. It’s hard to believe that this is his first film because everything falls into place so perfectly. </span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-style: italic; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Eighth Grade</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> is a breakthrough film for both Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher, and I couldn’t be more excited to see both of their careers flourish.</span></span></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-picture field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://shakefire.com/sites/default/files/styles/picture/public/reviews/Eighth_Grade_Poster.png?itok=0NNaH-au" width="640" height="998" alt="" /></div></div></div> Fri, 27 Jul 2018 11:48:32 +0000 Matt Rodriguez 61823 at http://shakefire.com http://shakefire.com/review/eighth-grade#comments Eighth Grade http://shakefire.com/movie/eighth-grade <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school.</p> </div></div></div><h1 id="page-title">Eighth Grade</h1><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/eighth-grade" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Eighth Grade</a>, </div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/bo-burnham" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Bo Burnham</a>, </div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/elsie-fisher" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Elsie Fisher</a>, </div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/josh-hamilton" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Josh Hamilton</a>, </div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/emily-robinson" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Emily Robinson</a>, </div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/tags/jake-ryan" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Jake Ryan</a>, </div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/tags/fred-hechinger" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Fred Hechinger</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-theatrical-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">In Theatres:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2018-07-27T00:00:00-04:00">Jul 27, 2018</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-starring field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Starring:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/talents/elsie-fisher" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Elsie Fisher</a>, </div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/talents/josh-hamilton" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Josh Hamilton</a>, </div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/talents/emily-robinson" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Emily Robinson</a>, </div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/talents/jake-ryan" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Jake Ryan</a>, </div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/talents/fred-hechinger" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Fred Hechinger</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-director field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Director(s):&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/talents/bo-burnham" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Bo Burnham</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-running-time field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Running Time:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">93 minutes</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-theatrical-poster field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://shakefire.com/sites/default/files/movies/Eighth_Grade_Poster.png" width="220" height="343" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-website-link field-type-link-field field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="https://a24films.com/films/eighth-grade">Official Website</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-mpaa-rating field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">R</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-rating field-type-fivestar field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="clearfix fivestar-user-stars"><div class="fivestar-static-item"><div class="form-item form-type-item"> <div class="fivestar-basic"><div class="fivestar-widget-static fivestar-widget-static-vote fivestar-widget-static-5 clearfix"><div 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