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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

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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

The Happytime Murders is an Assault on Moviegoers’ Intelligence (Review)

The Happytime Murders is an Assault on Moviegoers’ Intelligence (Review)

Have you ever been out a party, and there is this one guy making bad jokes?  Jokes so bad people pretend they don’t hear them.  The guy thinks no one heard his jokes so he keeps repeating them over and over, hoping to get some sort of cheap pity laugh.  If you were to take that situation and roll it up into a movie.  It would be The Happytime Murders, an unholy bastardisation of everything sacred from a childhood raised by Muppets. Read more

Everything Affects Everything in 13 Reasons Why Season 2 (Review)

Everything Affects Everything in 13 Reasons Why Season 2 (Review)

13 Reasons Why is one of Netflix’s most popular and controversial shows.  When season one hit the streaming service last year, the show received a lot of criticism for it’s depiction of the teen suicide.  Despite this, the show drew in the ratings and was eventually renewed for a second season.  Viewers were able to binge through season two over the weekend, which somehow upped the scope of the world within the show and delved deeper into the seldom talked about dramas and issues of modern day teenagers. While season one focused on how people’s actions can affect a person, this season shows how everyone can have an influence on everyone with their decisions. Read more

Ranking the First Ten Years of Marvel Movies

Ranking the First Ten Years of Marvel Movies

Its been ten years since Marvel kicked off their cinematic universe.  Back in 2008, Iron Man hit theaters with a powerhouse origin story that lifted the superhero genre into the blockbuster limelight.  With the release of Avengers: Infinity War this weekend movie history will be made with the end game of 10 years of groundwork laid out by all the previous films.  Every character in the MCU will be a part of this epic showdown with the Mad Titan, Thanos.  What better way to prep for the end of the first ten years of the MCU than to review the last 18 films in the franchise. Read more

Black Panther Claims the Throne as One of Marvel’s Greatest Movies (Review)

Black Panther Claims the Throne as One of Marvel’s Greatest Movies (Review)

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 the Perfect Sendoff for Daniel Day-Lewis (Review)

Phantom Thread is the Perfect Sendoff for Daniel Day-Lewis (Review)

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

Grant’s Top 10 Films of 2017 Featuring The Shape of Water, Phantom Thread & mother!

Grant’s Top 10 Films of 2017 Featuring The Shape of Water, Phantom Thread & mother!

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

Downsizing Comes Up Short With Its Ambitions (Review)

Downsizing Comes Up Short With Its Ambitions (Review)

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

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a Fun Sequel to the Beloved Classic (Review)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a Fun Sequel to the Beloved Classic (Review)

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

The Disaster Artist: The Worst Movie Ever Becomes One of The Greats of 2017 (Review)

The Disaster Artist: The Worst Movie Ever Becomes One of The Greats of 2017 (Review)

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: Looking Back at The Citizen Kane of Bad Movies

The Room: Looking Back at The Citizen Kane of Bad Movies

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

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a Heart Pounding Thriller From The First Shot (Review)

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a Heart Pounding Thriller From The First Shot (Review)

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

Patti Cake$ is the La La Land of the Side Hustle (Review)

Patti Cake$ is the La La Land of the Side Hustle (Review)

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