The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is Vintage Coen Brothers (Review)

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is Vintage Coen Brothers (Review)

When it comes to anthology films, they are usually more miss than hit. And when it comes to original films from Netflix, quite honestly, it’s a tossup. But bringing in the Coen Brothers, who are some of the best filmmakers in the industry over the past few decades, things are sure to look promising for both the anthology genre and Netflix’s original film catalogue. Originally conceived as a six-part miniseries, the Coen Brothers pieced together all the stories into one, two-plus hour film called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Playing out from one crazed, western story to the next like flipping through a book (literally), Buster Scruggs is easily the Coen Brothers’ best movie since True Grit. Featuring a collection of great off-the-wall characters, blended with the Coen Brothers’ signature dark humor inserted in dramatic events, it’s difficult not to enjoy the events that play out from one chapter to the next (no matter how dark or grim they may get).

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Detective Pikachu Introduces Realistic Pokemon The Correct Way

Detective Pikachu Introduces Realistic Pokemon The Correct Way

Detective Pikachu is an upcoming live-action Pokemon film from director Rob Letterman and Legendary Entertainment. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Rita Ora, Ken Watanabe, Karan Soni, the film hits US theaters May 10, 2019. Read more

Blockbuster Going Bust: One Store Remains of Legendary Chain

Blockbuster Going Bust: One Store Remains of Legendary Chain

In a petrol station car park in Oregon, a sight that was once commonplace now stands as a relic. Blockbuster used to be ubiquitous but the store in Bend is the last landmark of the legend of video rentals. The brand name will always ring true for the generations that grew up perusing videos and DVDs in store but that recognition is now nothing more than an exercise in nostalgia for those who don’t live in the region of Bend, Oregon. The inexorable rise of streaming may have reshaped society’s consumption of media but Blockbuster’s failure to adapt has led to its near-extinction. Read more

TOP 5 COMICS TO BUY – 11/14/18: EUTHANAUTS, FRIENDO, & MURDER FALCON

TOP 5 COMICS TO BUY – 11/14/18: EUTHANAUTS, FRIENDO, & MURDER FALCON

Wednesday is here again, which means a new week for new comics (EUTHANAUTS, FRIENDO, & MURDER FALCON). If you are like me, you may still have a stack of comics that haven’t been read from last week, but how can anyone fault us for reading. Here is a list of books I will be picking up at my local comic shop. Read more

Overlord is Absolutely Well Made But I Was Hoping for More Monsters (Review)

Overlord is Absolutely Well Made But I Was Hoping for More Monsters (Review)

I had such high hopes for Overlord.  They had me the minute I watched the trailer.  Not because of the WWII stuff (can’t do war movies, me) but because of the monsters and the Body Horror.  A secret Nazi Lair where they’re turning people into monsters? Count me in. With a monster movie like that, they’d have to screw this one up pretty badly in order to put me off it.  And I saw the name J.J. Abrams’s who didn’t direct it, but produced it. Hopefully that’s as good. Read more

Boy Erased is a Powerful LGBT Drama That Can Only Help Bridge The Divide Between Us (Review)

Boy Erased is a Powerful LGBT Drama That Can Only Help Bridge The Divide Between Us (Review)

Over the past decade, LGBT cinema has seen a surge in popularity.  A significantly marginalized minority is getting acceptable representation in Hollywood.  With Moonlight and Call Me By Your Name of the last two years, these movies have proven themselves as serious Oscar contenders.  This year’s Oscar contender on that front comes with Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased.  Not only is this a powerful film in its own right, but its release could not be more relevant with today’s political climate. Read more

Your Story’s Still A Fun One, Mr. Grinch (Review)

Your Story’s Still A Fun One, Mr. Grinch (Review)

Dr. Seuss’s iconic children’s story How The Grinch Stole Christmas! was first adapted as a thirty-minute Christmas special narrated by Boris Karloff in 1966, and to this day, is still revered as a holiday classic, while Jim Carrey starred in a live-action feature-length adaptation of the same story in 2000 that came out to a divisive, but box-office record-breaking reaction. Now the creators of Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets have adapted the story into The Grinch, a feature-length animated film that thankfully stays true to the cartoonish nature of its source material with a unique depiction of the Grinch, entertaining slapstick and fast-paced fun for the whole family. Read more

Beautiful Boy is an Emotional Gut Punch about The Grim Reality of Addiction (Review)

Beautiful Boy is an Emotional Gut Punch about The Grim Reality of Addiction (Review)

Addiction is a hell of a thing.  The allure of a high draws people into its sweet grasp, and once they are hooked the addiction will never let them go.  It is a sick disease that people are still trying to understand.  Why would someone put themselves and their families through this for a feeling that is gone almost instantly?  Drug use is something that has been romanticised by Hollywood for decades, so that allure won’t be going away anytime soon.  Seldom do we see the stories of the path of destruction an addict can leave in his wake pursuing his next high.  Beautiful Boy is an incredibly powerful that shows just how destructive addiction is not only to the addict, but to everyone around him. Read more

TOP 5 COMICS TO BUY – 11/07/18: BLACKBIRD, FEARSCAPE, & ANIMOSITY

TOP 5 COMICS TO BUY – 11/07/18: BLACKBIRD, FEARSCAPE, & ANIMOSITY

Wednesday is here again, which means a new week for new comics (BLACKBIRD, FEARSCAPE, & ANIMOSITY). If you are like me, you may still have a stack of comics that haven’t been read from last week, but how can anyone fault us for reading. Here is a list of books I will be picking up at my local comic shop. Read more

The Nutcracker and The Four Realms is Gorgeous with Great Music (Review)

The Nutcracker and The Four Realms is Gorgeous with Great Music (Review)

Sometimes you can really see a specific type of audience in the audience of a movie.  Slender Man might draw teenagers and A Star is Born might draw couples. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms was definitely very specific – it was impossible not to notice.  All around me were little girls with their Grans, dozens of these adorable pairs. I was one of three men in the entire auditorium and definitely the only non-Dad. Read more

The Walking Dead Movie Trilogy & Scott Gimple’s Franchise Expansion Plans are Ambitious & Insane

The Walking Dead Movie Trilogy & Scott Gimple’s Franchise Expansion Plans are Ambitious & Insane

The Walking Dead is an AMC television adaptation from showrunner Angela Kang pulled from the pages of the hit Image comic series by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. The series stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Khary Paton, Lauren Cohan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Melissa McBride. Season nine is currently airing. Read more

No Happy Times Will Be Had With The Happy Prince (Review)

No Happy Times Will Be Had With The Happy Prince (Review)

Ten years of struggle come to an end for Rupert Everett, as his dream film about the closing moments in the life of Oscar Wilde finally graces theaters. However, the end result of The Happy Prince is one that’s not happy, but rather dreary, unfocused and amateurish, despite moments of potential as a filmmaker. Read more