Leading an excellent ensemble in Bullet Train, Pitt gets to shine in every way, as he begins to transition into "The Dude" era of his career.
Some films land at the exact moment we need them. When The Matrix released in 1999, it foretold the digital revolution. The mid-1970s saw Network, All the Presidents Men, and Star Wars upend trust in controlling institutions. 1967's saw The Graduate and Bonnie & Clyde clash with public morals about sexuality and violence. There are lofty … Continue reading Review: ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Reminds Us Why We Love Movies
With the Oscars this weekend, I wanted to make sure that we focused on some of the great performances of 2021. While I've voted for critic's prizes (shoutout to my critic's group, the Critics Association of Central Florida), there were still films and performances I had missed when I sent in my ballot. After all, … Continue reading Alan French’s 2021 Best in Film Superlatives – Oscar Categories, Genre Picks and More
Hello all! I know it's been a while, but I wanted to get my thought down before tomorrow's Oscar nominations. I'll be posting the full list here, and I'll be trying to fill out my rationales tonight/tomorrow before nominations. One thing I want to stress: if your favorite movie does not get nominated for these … Continue reading 94th Annual Oscar Nominations – Predictions!
Hello all! Thanks for checking out We Bought a Blog and supporting our work! We've worked to compile our reviews of each of the films we've reviewed out of Fantastic Festival 2021, which we've been honored to cover for the second year in a row. Please check out and support the independent filmmakers we've shown … Continue reading Fantasia Fest 2021 Compiled Reviews!
The trend of utilizing the "one-shot" gimmick has reached new heights in Hollywood. Birdman won Best Picture in 2014 and 1917 was seemingly the runner-up at last year's Oscars. International films, such as Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) have crafted their own long takes. For some, the technique and showmanship of extended shots has lost its freshness. However, Fantasia … Continue reading Fantasia Fest 2020: ‘Crazy Samurai Musashi’ Slashes Past Story in Favor of an Athletic One-Shot
This interview originally ran on the now-defunct AwardsCircuit.com. The interview was conducted, transcribed, and edited by this author. After working as a production assistant with Hollywood legends, Amanda Jones struck out on her own. Since beginning her collaborations with Lena Waithe, Jones has continued to break ground in the film and television landscape. A member of the Composers … Continue reading Interview: Composer Amanda Jones Discusses ‘Twenties’ Frenetic Score and Activism in Composers Diversity Collective
The state of young adult film adaptations looks dire. For every Harry Potter that explodes into the public consciousness, there seem to be a dozen or more failed franchises. Artemis Fowl released to Disney+, unfortunately, finds itself in the latter category. As someone who grew up reading the novels by Eoin Colfer, I came to the feature … Continue reading Review: ‘Artemis Fowl’ Painfully Limps onto Streaming
This moment in America has certainly opened the door to more conversations about race and inequality. As many have rushed to social media to proclaim their support for communities they've never acknowledged, views and opinions have shifted. The aftermath of George Floyd's murder and public lynching deserved this attention, as did the dozens of others … Continue reading Review: ‘Da 5 Bloods’ is Another Masterpiece from Spike Lee
Hey guys! We've been gone for a bit because of our regular 9 to 5s. However, as WBAB doesn't necessarily cover the bills, we're going to have periods of inactivity. Well, that's going to be changing tomorrow. Expect articles every day in July from one of the writers on staff. Before we jump into the … Continue reading Back in the Saddle Again with a Call For Writers, Reviews of Early 2020 Films, and Director Themed Weeks