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

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

Franchise Rewind: ‘Jurassic World’ Thrives as a B-Movie But Stumbles When Reaches For a Point

Seven years after Jurassic World revived the franchise, we are approaching the end of Colin Trevorrow's trilogy. With that in mind, we're rewinding the tape to look back over the franchise. The new trilogy has introduced dozens of new characters of questionable quality, but the undeniable success of Jurassic World brought audiences back to Isla Nublar. The action-adventure … Continue reading Franchise Rewind: ‘Jurassic World’ Thrives as a B-Movie But Stumbles When Reaches For a Point

Complete with a Waterslide: Disney’s Buddy Comedy ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’ Turns Twenty

As Disney entered the new millennium, there were many questions about the future of its animation department. The Renaissance had ended, with Mulan, Hercules, and Tarzan yielding smaller returns. The rise of Pixar and Dreamworks began to challenge the studio's stranglehold over the medium. Perhaps worst of all, a film had been stuck in development hell for half a decade. … Continue reading Complete with a Waterslide: Disney’s Buddy Comedy ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’ Turns Twenty

You Are Who You Chose To Be: ‘The Matrix’ Continues to Live Up to Its Progressive Filmmakers

There are some lines of demarcation in film history, but one that shocked the world was the release of The Matrix. Coming from the minds of the Wachowskis, their exploration of their wants and desires created a phenomenon. A creation that could only have come from this filmmaking duo, the combination of high-concept sci-fi, neo-noir, and kung-fu … Continue reading You Are Who You Chose To Be: ‘The Matrix’ Continues to Live Up to Its Progressive Filmmakers

You Are Who You Choose To Be: ‘Big Daddy’ Brings Big Heart

Dennis Dugan’s Big Daddy was another notch on Sandler’s endearing comedic bedpost. Big Daddy pairs lovable loser Sonny Koufax with the adorable and tiny Sprouse twins. Koufax’s transformation from playmate to parent can thaw even the most cynical of hearts. Those close to me know what I consider to be my deepest darkest secret. It’s … Continue reading You Are Who You Choose To Be: ‘Big Daddy’ Brings Big Heart

You Are Who You Choose To Be: ‘Fight Club’ Represents the Best and Worst of 1999

Every so often a film hits the zeitgeist so hard, the zeitgeist can't get back up. Fight Club, directed by David Fincher and based on the book by Chuck Palahniuk, got about as destructive as you can get. The fight-the-system snarkiness with which it approaches the world is both positive and negative. Yet it's a picture of toxic masculinity and … Continue reading You Are Who You Choose To Be: ‘Fight Club’ Represents the Best and Worst of 1999