The 2018 Sundance Film Festival starts today and it is shaping up to be one of the strongest in years. This is the first Sundance post Weinstein era, so it’ll be very interesting to see the types of films to come out and just the overall atmosphere at the festival. The movies being screened this year seem to be very diverse and potentially powerful. Below are my top 5 films premiering at Sundance that you need to keep an eye out for later this year. Read more
The Oscars are approaching fast. There were some great films that came out in 2017 (including Dunkirk, Blade Runner 2049 & Call Me By Your Name) and this is one of those years where it is extremely difficult to pick a clear winner for several categories. Below are all of my Oscar Predictions. Read more
2017 has been a great year for movies overall. As the year closes, numerous films have made their case for major Oscar contention. The best part about this year is that there is no clear front-runner for Best Picture or Best Director, and that makes the race very exciting. My top 10 list changed a lot over the year, which usually isn’t the case. There has simply been a lot of great movies released consistently since February. Below is a list of my favorite films from 2017.
The Star Wars Saga is probably the most popular film franchise in history. As loved as the saga is, not all of the movies are pure cinematic gold. There have been ups and downs, as expected with any franchise with 9 films. I had the privilege of seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Monday and I thought it would be appropriate to rank all of the films from the worst to best. Let’s take a look below. Read more
Oscar Season is the best time of the year. I’ve had a lot of movies on my radar slated to come out in November and December, and Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water was at the top of the list. With Del Toro’s filmography, I knew that The Shape of Water would be extremely odd, beautiful, and original. I walked out of the screening literally on cloud 9 and mesmerised at how well crafted the movie was. The Shape of Water is Del Toro’s best movie since the thought-provoking Pans Labyrinth back in 2006, and honestly it may even be better. THERE I SAID IT. Read more
The DCEU has had plenty of issues so far, but there have also been some bright spots. It definitely didn’t hit the ground running like the MCEU, but I think they’re slowly but surely getting it right. After seeing Justice League, I can officially rank the DCEU films so far. Read more
With Jigsaw hitting theaters this past weekend, the first Saw movie since 2010, it got me thinking on which movies were the best and worst in the franchise. To my surprise, Jigsaw was one of the better Saw films. It may have only been made so the studio could see how many fans were left, but now I’m wondering where they go from here. There is definitely a chance they could make a few more movies, which is shocking because of how convoluted the plot and timeline ultimately got over the last few films. Below is all of the Saw films ranked from worst to best. Read more
If you have access to the internet at all, then you know that the highly anticipated sophomore season of Stranger Things is finally on Netflix. Is it worth the wait? Is it better than the first season? With it being Netflix’s hottest and most important new original series, the pressure is definitely on. The Duffer Brothers have nicely expanded on the Stranger Things Universe with this second season, and added more depth to our beloved characters (along with a few new characters). Let’s talk about what worked this season and what didn’t work. There might be some spoilers ahead, so stop reading if you haven’t binged the new season yet. Read more
I don’t remember the last time I saw a movie in theaters and legitimately struggled to stay awake. The Snowman had an interesting premise so one would think that falling asleep wouldn’t even be an option. That is not the case, though. The Snowman is extremely boring and is overall one of the messiest movies of the year. I checked my watch upwards of 10 times and literally couldn’t wait until it was over.
I’ll be the first to admit that when I first saw the trailer for Only the Brave earlier this year, I didn’t think it looked all that good. All I thought was “Oh great, here’s another cliché biopic.” Well, I’m here to say that I was COMPLETELY wrong. Only the Brave is not only one of the best movies of 2017, but it is also one of the best biopics in the past 5 years. I walked out of the theater completely shocked and amazed at how much I enjoyed it. Read more
Mindhunter is another 2017 hit from Netflix, no doubt. Headed by the brilliant David Fincher, Mindhunter’s analytical writing and “Fincher Stamp” makes it a fantastic watch. The show is extremely slow burning and filled will intense characters and poised direction. It is simply hard to look away and extremely easy to binge watch. Read more
The Florida Project is one of those rare movies that is short on plot, but heavy on realism. Sean Baker proves that he should be regarded as one of the best character directors working today. The Florida Project feels completely unscripted, and that’s what makes it so great. As an audience member, you get the feeling that a camera was just placed in these run-down Florida hotels and they just filmed real life situations. This is truly 2017’s Moonlight, and not one that you want to miss. Read more
Marshall tells the story of Thurgood Marshall and a career defining case that he takes on in Connecticut during 1962. This is one of the most important, shocking, and interesting cases of his career and I wish I could say the movie did it justice. Sadly, Marshall is filled with pacing issues, genre clichés, over the top characters, and inconsistent acting. There are a few scenes that are respectable, but unfortunately in the end there are more issues than anything. Read more
Since the late 2000s, Hollywood has been obsessed with movies that deal with the drug cartel. I personally think the genre is beginning to feel over saturated, with a new movie on the subject matter coming out almost every year and of course Netflix’s hit show, Narcos. When I first saw the trailer for American Made, I thought “Oh great, here’s another movie about Pablo Escobar and the Mexican Drug Cartel.” Well after seeing it for myself, I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised. Tom Cruise is in top form with his role as Barry Seal in this entertaining true story. Read more