There are few things more satisfying than watching performers push each other to deliver their best work. The 1970s brought out the best in De Niro, Pacino, Hackman, and Duvall. In the 1990s, Hanks and Denzel ushered in a new era of dramatic performance. Today, it's clear that two young actors are making an indelible … Continue reading Review: ‘Creed III’ Builds on the Legends of Jordan and Majors
Creed III finds Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) sitting on top of the world. After winning his final bout, Adonis retires from the quadrilateral and is ready for the next chapter in his life. As he takes on new responsibilities, a former friend from his past threatens to force Creed back into the ring one … Continue reading Review: ‘Creed III’ – A Winner by Unanimous Decision
In many cultures, the idea of wanting more for yourself is valorized. We want more money, more success, and more awards. Some of us simply want to tell our own stories to differentiate ourselves. In the case of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the want for more has resulted in something of a problem. The film … Continue reading Streaming At Home Review – ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Arrives on Disney+
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 Rocky franchise may create mixed emotions for many, but it remains one of the great American franchises in cinematic history. At bare minimum, Rocky through Rocky IV were very good to excellent films. The soft reboot of the franchise with Creed helped signal there were still stories to tell and lessons to learn from this universe. It introduced many to Michael B. Jordan, Tessa … Continue reading Review: Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson and Dolph Lundgren Soar in ‘Creed II’
With the summer in full swing, it's likely you've taken to your local theaters to watch the latest summer blockbusters. However, there's something to be said about checking out the indie hits. "Sorry to Bother You," the directorial debut of Boots Riley is one of those films. The trailer was funny and friends of mine seemed interested. … Continue reading Summer Catch Up Review: “Sorry to Bother You” is a Must-See Indie
Some shows have come to define the evolution of the blockbuster. HBO has led the charge, with "Game of Thrones" taking pole position as the show that changed television. "Stranger Things" follows this path in many ways, and now "Westworld" has leaned fully into this mold. The series comes from Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, who adapted … Continue reading ‘Westworld’ Season 2 Finale: I Saved Myself Recap
When new directors are coming off highly celebrated films, it's often tough to follow up with something as insightful. When that first film is "Ex Machina," a film that was interested small questions like artificial intelligence and what it means to be a human, that follow-up is even more difficult. Yet that is what Alex Garland was tasked … Continue reading Review: ‘Annihilation’ Shines Bright