Few films can be more frustrating than those with important ideas, buried behind bad filmmaking. This can be especially true of large ensemble films, which can find themselves unable to focus on a group of characters. In the case of Amsterdam, the focus is clear. A three-headed showcase of Christian Bale, John David Washington, and … Continue reading Review: ‘Amsterdam’ Buries Important Messages Behind Messy Jokes and Poor Storytelling
Back in 2011, Kenneth Branagh set out to make Shakespeare out of Thor. By 2017, Taika Waititi took over directing duties and understood it’s best not to take the Norse god too seriously. With Thor: Love and Thunder, Taika literally strips Thor of his seriousness and puts his signature brand of humor on full display. … Continue reading Review: Thor: Love and Thunder, it’s hammerin’ time!
The world of competitive racing often gets unfairly maligned in the United States. Stereotypes surround NASCAR, especially among those who do not like the sport. Preconceived notions of NASCAR fans and culture have been played for laughs across the entertainment landscape, including Will Ferrell's extremely popular Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Yet despite … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘Ford V Ferrari’ Revs On All Cylinders Thanks to Excellent Bale and Mangold’s Direction
This Sunday is the Golden Globes, and the Oscars begin voting the very next morning. It's the last night before that voting begins that can really influence the Oscars, so here are our predictions for what we think will happen. Just a reminder, the group is made up of less than 100 random people in … Continue reading Golden Globe Predictions Part 1: Movies Make for the Most Fun of the Night
Since the year 2000, it's pretty safe to say American politics changed in a massive way. However, before the events of 9/11, the world was already shifting. Deregulation was a common occurrence, information was moving faster than ever, and the world was getting smaller. The birth of the internet remains the most important moment in … Continue reading Review: ‘Vice’ Plays With Form & Shoots From the Far Left, But Still Has Problems
As Shere Khan shimmies through the jungle, you can feel his aura in every inch of the frame. Voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, the infamous tiger proved to be a physically intimidating creature once more. With an added limp, this depiction of the character is violent, dark, and a bloodthirsty creature. The journey into darkness and death … Continue reading Review: ‘Mowgli’ Proves We Don’t Need Another Adaptation of ‘The Jungle Book’
We've checked in with a couple of the Oscar races so far, and now that we're in November, we're starting to get some of the pieces to fall into place. With that in mind, let's start checking a few categories, beginning with the Lead Actor race. We're ranking the contenders based on the likelihood of … Continue reading Checking In on the Best Actor Race- Cooper in the Lead, Bale Just Behind (11/7/18)
In 2008, a blockbuster film changed the modern landscape for all of film. A superhero film established that comic book movies were not just a passing fad. Instead, the comics could symbolize the American mythology. They could be taken seriously as art and as culture. One of the greatest performances of the decade took flight, … Continue reading 2008 in Review: ‘The Dark Knight’