Superhero movies are a modern staple for the blockbuster moviegoing experience. They are flagpole events for movie theaters that are guaranteed to draw big box office numbers. Marvel has cemented themselves as the best studio for the superhero genre. Every year they produce at least two movies that seem to continually shatter box office records. In 2018, Marvel has two highly anticipated films slated for release; Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther. The former is the endgame for a cinematic event the MCEU has been building for a decade, so its clear why audiences are dying to see it. The anticipation around Black Panther is more culturally based. Aside from offering one of the coolest and most unique protagonist, the movie features a powerhouse cast that is predominantly black. From the story to the characters to the overall production, Black Panther delivers on all fronts and lands itself the title of one of Marvel’s best films to date. Read more
Phantom Thread is supposed to be Day-Lewis’ final film before retiring from acting altogether. Nothing seems more fitting than the acclaimed actor’s final film to be with a director that has made some incredible movies. Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis are a force to be reckoned with in the cinematic world. Separately they have worked on some of the most notable films in the history of cinema. The duo created the cinematic masterpiece There Will Be Blood. Phantom Thread is a film that showcases both filmmakers greatest strengths, and Paul gives Daniel a proper sendoff with a powerful and beautifully shot film. Read more
2017 has been quite a year at the theater. We have are about at the end of the year, and I can’t tell you how many huge Oscar contenders there are this year. There’s a huge consensus that even now there is no clear frontrunner for the best picture. If you’re looking for something to catch at the theater over the holidays or just missed any of these movies when they came out, I’m going to list the most notable and my personal favorite movies from the past year. Read more
When trailers first started coming out for Alexander Payne’s latest film, I was definitely intrigued by its premise. The idea of humans opting for a medical procedure that shrinks them down to four inches tall seemed like a possibility for great satire and comedy. The cast looked impressive, and Payne’s previous films have been great. Unfortunately, Downsizing is absolutely nothing like the trailer. All the funny bits were shown in marketing, if they even made the final cut of the movie. The finished product is too tonally and thematically inconsistent to be good, and the story gets weighed down by its force fed and heavy handed message. Read more
We have reached the pinnacle age of Hollywood, and by that I mean we have literally run out of ideas. Or so it seems anyways. Everything is about churning out the biggest blockbuster for box office profits, or quickly rushing a sequel within the next year or two. In the coming ages, the 2010s shall be known as the blockbuster reboot era. That was many peoples fears when the Jumanji reboot was announced a couple years ago. While not a full 100% reboot, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a standalone sequel to the beloved 90s children film. It’s a fun watch and a good time if you don’t look too closely. Read more
Tommy Wiseau’s The Room is a cultural phenomenon. It is an absolutely horrendous movie, from the acting to the writing all the way through the production. This movie should have been forgotten about after it’s original two week run in theaters. Yet here we are seventeen years later, still talking about it. People love this movie. Every year, midnight screenings still sell out. Greg Sestero, one of the actors, wrote a best selling book on the movie. Now, James Franco has made a very well-done movie about the making of the worst movie of all time – The Disaster Artist. Read more
The Room came out almost fifteen years ago. It was a total bomb from the get go. No studio wanted to touch it. The crew hardly even owned up to working on it. Somehow at the end of it’s two week run in a theater, the cult the film would eventually know began to take shape. It skyrocketed into the stratosphere in terms of popularity and becoming a cultural icon. One of the actors, Greg Sestero, wrote a book detailing the production of the worst movie ever made and his meeting of one of the most peculiar human beings to ever exist, Tommy Wiseau. A feature film of the book (The Disaster Artist) featuring the Franco brothers releases soon, so what better time to have a look back at the infamously horrid film. Read more
It’s an incredible time for independent filmmaking. With production houses like A24 leading the frontline, indie movies are becoming a major force in the festival circuit and showing potential as serious Oscar contenders. Greek Director Yorgos Lanthimos has displayed great strengths as one of most competent indie filmmakers of recent years. His 2015 black comedy film “The Lobster” did very well at festivals and even garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. He is back this year with a psychological horror-thriller in the form of The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Read more
Chances are if you grew up close to any sort of urban area, you knew somebody with grand ambitions of becoming a rapper. Since the hip hop genre became so mainstream, the luxurious life of a famous rapper has called out to young kids the world over. There have been countless films portraying this ambition, whether they be fictional or biopics of real life hip hop success stories like 2015’s Straight Outta Compton. Patti Cake$ is the latest film to take on this archetype, and it’s indie charm gives way to it’s successes. Read more
The late 2000s saw a flux of pop culture teen romance movies. Audiences were lining up for see the latest in the Harry Potter or Twilight franchise. In the years since, the stars have used their fame to invest in indie arthouse films. Daniel Radcliffe broke into the Indie scene with films like Horns and the delightful Swiss Army Man.
Kristen Stewart got recently collaborated with director Olivier Assayas for the films Clouds of Sils Maria and Personal Shopper.
Now Robert Pattinson is taking his turn with the film Good Time. Read more
2017 has been a refreshing year for the heist movie. Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver kicked off the summer with a highly entertaining movie with a kickass soundtrack. Logan Lucky is a heist movie of a similar fashion. Steven Soderbergh returns to form with a hilarious robbery film with an awesome cast that excels in a different roles than audiences might expect from them. Read more
The idea of a “glass castle” is something fantastical. It is an elegant structure unlike any other. While other buildings rely on concrete or timber as a foundation and structure, this is one that stands on it’s own with just glass. The way to glass is meant to be designed is to allow light in without changing the temperature inside the structure. It’s such a grand idea that it’s just barely out of the realm of reality. It’s a grand gesture that is impossible to truly fulfill, and it is as much a sham as it is see through. The idea of a glass castle is a strong metaphor that lays the groundwork for the film The Glass Castle, based on the memoir of the same name by Jeanette Walls. Read more
2017 has been a good year for women in film. The astronomical success of Patti Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is no small feat in a male dominated industry. Sofia Coppola’s period piece The Beguiled is another film that looks at the treatment of women in another time through a modern political lens to tell a meaningful story. When trailers for William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth started making their rounds, it appeared to be a film in the same vein. However, due to a fragmented style of storytelling, this film is a misstep for feminist cinema. Read more
With 2017 already half way over, I thought it would be a good time to have a working list of my top ten films of 2017 (so far). With August just starting, I have seen most of the films on my watch list. There have been some stellar films that have already cemented themselves in my top favorite films of all time. There have also been some major duds. I wasn’t a huge fan of some of the years most critically acclaimed films, and some movies that were panned negatively I absolutely adored. So without further ado, here is my list: Read more