Watch at Home: ‘Unicorn Store’ & more from female filmmakers

Brie Larson in Unicorn Store.
Brie Larson in Unicorn Store. Courtesy of Netflix.

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services.

Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 4/7/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

  • Pet Graveyard – Suzy Spade (writer)
  • Unicorn Store – Brie Larson (director), Samantha McIntyre (writer)
  • The Wind – Emma Tammi (director), Teresa Sutherland (writer)

DANIELLE’S TOP PICK OF THE WEEK

This week’s selection is Unicorn Store.  Brie Larson’s directorial debut premiered during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.  As of April 5, the film is now streaming on Netflix.

If you’ve seen Captain Marvel, you already know that Larson commands great chemistry with Samuel L. Jackson.  When you see this film, you know why.  It’s as if the two have them have continued from where they left off.  Clearly, the two of them are not playing Carol Danvers and Nick Fury in this film.  Nor is this a Marvel Studios release.  But don’t let that stop you from taking a chance on Larson.

Kit’s (Brie Larson) dreams of becoming an artist hit a road block when she is forced to quit art school.  Art is so subjective so it really isn’t her fault so to speak.  As a result, it’s back home where parents Gene (Bradley Whitford) and Gladys (Joan Cusack) turned her childhood room into a gym.  Basement bedroom it is!  Spending what feels like days on the couch, Kit’s parents do what they can much to their avail.  Amid all the depression commercials, Kit spots one for Temporary Success.  It comes as no surprise that this ad is for a temp agency.  Kit gives it a shot and ends up working the copy machines at an office.  It’s here where she meets Gary (Hamish Linklater).  The two of them bond really quick.

When Kit least expects it, a mysterious card manages to pop up on her desk.  This leads Kit to make here way to The Store.  It’s a mysterious place at first.  We soon learn that The Salesman (Samuel L. Jackson) runs the place.  He’s here to give Kit whatever she wants but it comes with a catch.  What else does Kit want but a unicorn!  Getting this unicorn will not be all that easy.  Basically, it requires a checklist of items that must be completed.

Please click HERE for my full review.

© Danielle Solzman (04/7/19) FF2 Media

Featured photos from Unicorn Store EPK
Photo Credits: Netflix

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Danielle Solzman is a Chicago-based film critic and an aspiring filmmaker if she can ever put enough time aside to work on her feature-length trans-led political comedy script. When not in Chicago, she attends various film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Toronto. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a BA in Public Relations while earning a Masters in Media Communications from Webster University after writing a thesis paper on comic books against the backdrop of the American political culture. Film Critic, Solzy at the Movies Member, Broadcast Film Critics Association Member, Galeca: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics Member, Alliance of Women Film Journalists Member, Online Association of Female Film Critics Member, Online Film Critics Society Member, Online Film & Television Association Tomatometer Critic
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