Whether you love or hate the filmmaking auteur Gaspar Noé, his films are never boring and never fail to generate conversation upon their theatrical release. His latest film, Climax, is no different, as it follows a company of dancers throwing a party turned nightmarish once they learn their sangria is spiked with a psychotropic drug, causing their sense of human decency to erode along with their inhibitions in horrific, existential fashion. Read more
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I sat down to see Fighting with My Family. I knew it was a movie that somehow involved wrestling and that’s about it. I hadn’t even seen the trailer and I couldn’t tell anything from the audience. Different films bring different audience demographics and this one was all over the map. I’m not a wrestling fan or even a sports fan, there wasn’t much I could relate to in Fighting with My Family, but from the first scene, I could tell this was something different. Read more
Leaving Neverland is a two-part documentary series from filmmaker Dan Reed and chronicles the Michael Jackson sexual abuse allegations from the viewpoints of Wade Robson and James Safechuck. The series is available to watch on Demand from HBO now – This is my review: Read more
Thanos better watch out in next month’s Avengers: Endgame because the Avengers’ secret weapon is coming: Captain Marvel.
That’s not a spoiler from Captain Marvel, the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). For those who saw last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, audiences were teased at movie’s end via a pager that the “most cosmic superhero of all” is on her way. And ever since then, audiences eagerly have been awaiting the female heroine’s big screen debut. Surprisingly, and despite being formulaic, the first female superhero movie in the MCU (only took 11 long years); Captain Marvel is another bonafide entry in the ever-growing superhero movie universe thanks to a likeable lead heroine in Brie Larson, her supporting cast, and some fantastic action sequences and visual effects.
Lords of Chaos is the shocking true story film based on the Norwegian black metal scene from director Jonas Åkerlund. Starring Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Sky Ferreira and Valter Skarsgard, the film is available now to watch On Demand. Here is my review: Read more
So far, 2019 has been pretty slow for cinema. This is not an uncommon thing considering January, February, and March typically don’t have the most compelling films released. So, it’s nice when a movie can surprise us. While Greta isn’t the most original thriller, it still manages to overcome problems thanks to an effective third act and poised performances from Chloe Grace Mortez and Isabelle Huppert. There is a lot to like about this one and like any film, it doesn’t come without its issues. Let’s take a look at what worked and what didn’t. Read more
So here we are with the third in the instalment of the franchise, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. It was supposed to be amazing. It’s been a while since I’ve thought about the How to Train Your Dragon franchise. The last one to come out was in 2014 and I remember it being good but not something they could follow up. The theater was certainly full, mostly of of little kids doing what little kids do in theaters; in this case that was kicking seats and coughing with their mouths open. Read more
Ever since its inception in 2002, WWE Studios hasn’t had the best track record when it comes to a theatrical output. But with WWE alumni Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson onboard to produce Fighting With My Family, a film from writer-director Stephen Merchant about the life of Paige, one of the promotion’s own professional wrestlers, the company finally takes a step in an upward direction in quality thanks to a strong script with funny banter, likable characters and strong performances from everyone involved. Read more
Produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by Julius Avery (Son of a Gun), OVERLORD lands on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD February 19 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Here is my review: Read more
I wanted to see Alita: Battle Angel from the second I saw the trailer. It looked amazing. Except those eyes – Alita’s big giant eyes freaked me out but the rest of it was promising. This is from director Robert Rodriguez who gave us From Dusk till Dawn, the series and Sin City but neither of these (or anything else he’s done) really reminded me of the tone here, so I wasn’t sure what Alita: Battle Angel would actually be like. Read more
This week I watched The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. I really liked the first Lego Movie, though I have to say I wasn’t sold on the ending. I don’t want to say what that ending is, just in case it’s a spoiler (it’s not in the trailers for the sequel, after all) Those of you who have seen it know what I mean – how would they build on what they revealed in the first one? Read more
Friendo Issue 4 hits comic book store shelves February 13, 2019 from Vault Comics, writer Alex Paknadel, artist Martin Simmonds, colorist Dee Cunniffe and letterer Taylor Esposito. Here is my advanced review: Read more
The LEGO Movie was arguably one of the biggest surprises of 2014, but what wasn’t a surprise after massive success at the box office is a sequel getting the green light to go into production from Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group. It was always going to be a challenge to live up to the success of the original, but the direction from Mike Mitchell, and pens of writers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have crafted a solid sequel in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, which retains the spirit, tone and sense of humor from the original, and remains entertaining despite an air of familiarity. Read more