Review: Apple’s ‘Luck’ Delivers Family-Friendly Animation, But Not Much Else

While Disney's dominance in the arena of animated films has never been in question, plenty of competition continues to arise. Perhaps the most surprising distributor to enter the space appears to be Apple TV+, which already released the brilliant Wolfwalkers in 2020. Not only has Apple invested in picking up titles from Cartoon Saloon and a bevy of Peanuts-related content, … Continue reading Review: Apple’s ‘Luck’ Delivers Family-Friendly Animation, But Not Much Else

2012 Retrospective: ‘Prometheus’ – A Voyage Gone Very Wrong

How do we separate the filmmaker from their fantasies? For years, Ridley Scott has continued to keep us focused on the heavens. The master filmmaker created his masterpieces long ago, with Alien, Blade Runner, and Thelma & Louise each releasing more than two decades ago. Yet when you're as talented as Scott, there's no reason to stop trying … Continue reading 2012 Retrospective: ‘Prometheus’ – A Voyage Gone Very Wrong

2012 Gems: ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ – An LCD Soundsystem Goodbye Packs an Emotional Punch

How do you say goodbye to a band that never really went away? The LCD Soundsystem hiatus really threw a wrench in my feelings toward music back in 2012. Just a few years earlier, Fall Out Boy, the emo band of my teen years, had announced its own dissolution. I was prepared to never love music … Continue reading 2012 Gems: ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ – An LCD Soundsystem Goodbye Packs an Emotional Punch

Review: ‘Prey’ Offers New Blood to the ‘Predator’ Franchise, While Returning to Its Roots

An iconic franchise was born when Arnold Schwartzenegger and Carl Weathers completed the coolest handshake in world history. The slap, the one-liners, and the terror of being hunted by extraterrestrials summed up the 1980s. While uber-machoism and gnarly gore became the film's trademarks, Predator became something. Equal parts political commentary about US militarism in Central … Continue reading Review: ‘Prey’ Offers New Blood to the ‘Predator’ Franchise, While Returning to Its Roots

2012 Retrospective: ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ – Wes Anderson’s Return to Form

There are some instances where a filmmaker stumbles on the road. In 2007, The Darjeeling Limited felt like a misfire for the successful indie darling Wes Anderson. A film about three brothers reuniting after the death of their father was well reviewed and featured some good performances. Yet it also raised questions about Anderson's ability to … Continue reading 2012 Retrospective: ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ – Wes Anderson’s Return to Form

Rewind: Before Oppenheimer detonates-revisit Christopher Nolan’s Following

With the teaser trailer release of Christopher Nolan’s new movie Oppenheimer set to arrive at movie theaters in the summer of 2023, we decided it was a good time to revisit Nolan’s first movie: Following. Back in 1998, armed with nothing more than a few dollars, a handheld camera, and an idea, Christopher Nolan tells … Continue reading Rewind: Before Oppenheimer detonates-revisit Christopher Nolan’s Following

2012 Retrospective: ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ – High-Concept Horror Awakens

With a gust of wind (and a strong electrical mechanism), five teens are plunged into the depths of hell. A simple story of young adults getting hunted by the evils that lurk in the forest has been a mainstay of horror. For decades, horror ran this story into the ground. Yet in 2012, a long-awaited … Continue reading 2012 Retrospective: ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ – High-Concept Horror Awakens

Review: Netflix’s ‘The Gray Man’ Throws Empty Punches, Despite Fun Gosling and Evans

Regardless of your thoughts on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Russo Brothers clearly landed the plane. After first picking up the camera for the MCU with 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the filmmaking brothers crafted several of the MCU's most successful titles. Dealing with large ensembles, keeping the train on the tracks, and executing decades-long emotional … Continue reading Review: Netflix’s ‘The Gray Man’ Throws Empty Punches, Despite Fun Gosling and Evans

Review: ‘Spiderhead’ Allows Chris Hemsworth to Shine in an Imperfect ‘Twilight Zone’ Thriller

For decades, sci-fi has helped send warning signs to mass audiences. The genre lends itself to exploring the natural conclusion of emerging phenomena in our world. This allegorical approach helped The Twilight Zone become a sensation while paving the way for generations of stories to follow in its footsteps. Director Joseph Kosinski looks to recreate a … Continue reading Review: ‘Spiderhead’ Allows Chris Hemsworth to Shine in an Imperfect ‘Twilight Zone’ Thriller