Born and raised in Europe, Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski has become an auteur in his own right since venturing from documentary filmmaking to narrative features in the late 90s, and broke through to American audiences upon winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2014 with Ida. His new film, Cold War, is a period romance about two lovers who meet and drift apart only to reunite and leave each other over the course of several years, and it finally arrives in theaters outside of major markets to critical acclaim and awards season recognition that’s without question well-deserved. Read more
Wednesday is here again, which means a new week for new comics (WYRD, HEX WIVES & MAN-EATERS). 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
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were a legendary comedy act in the early days of the cinematic medium’s existence, but like all the acts before and alongside them, they experienced a downturn in popularity in the twilight of their careers. But the retelling of their comeback tour as a traveling theater show through the whole of Europe in the early 1950s in the film Stan & Ollie is entertaining and endearing to watch thanks to great performances from Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, an authentic attention to detail from the production design and costumes to the makeup that recreates the iconic looks of the pair, and the delightful tone to a story that celebrates Laurel and Hardy as comedians as well as comrades. Read more
2018 was a good year for movies. Not great like 2016 and 2017, but there were definitely some great films to hit theaters and streaming services last year including Hereditary and BlacKkKlansman. I saw over 100 films in 2018 and I managed to narrow them down to a top 10. Let’s take a look below.
The 91st Academy Awards will air live February 24, 2019 with leading Oscar contenders ROMA and The Favourite coming in with 10 nominations each. Check out the full list of nominees here: Read more
Wednesday is here again, which means a new week for new comics (NAOMI, BUFFY & LIVEWIRE). 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
2018 was another year of highs and lows on top of ups and downs thanks to the chaos of the daily news cycle, and the continued uncertainty about the future of cinema on the business side, as well as the magic of the theatrical experience that comes with the medium. But at the end of the day, the one constant positive was that in one way or the other, the movies were always there to make us laugh, give us catharsis, and escape the uncertain state of our current reality, regardless of genre, message or culture. And while Hollywood appeared to be moving in the direction toward rewarding films that connected with general audiences in this particular year, it was the genre films that stood out amongst the plethora of cinematic offerings through their thought-provoking messages about the current political climate, the state of society at this point in time, racial tensions, class struggles, mental illness and even how we connect to each other spiritually. From the films that had us gripping our armrests over existential terrors and the period pieces that went to 1970s New York and Victorian-era England, to heist films in contemporary America and stylish psychological thrillers, the cinema helped us ponder about the times we live in now, how we communicate with each other today, and who we are as people. So without further ado, this is a look back at the last year in movies, and the best films of 2018. Read more
It’s hard to believe that a trilogy from M. Night Shyamalan has come full circle, and that it stemmed from his first movie, Unbreakable. Back then, fans did not view films about vigilantes and villains as the type of movies that would play a pivotal role in the future of Hollywood (unless you made a vigilante movie centered around Batman). But boy have things changed since Bruce Willis’ David Dunn put on the rain slicker and saved the day in Unbreakable. After connecting the universe of Unbreakable with 2017’s Split, Shyamalan is back to give us the conclusion to this story of heroes and villains set in the City of Brotherly Love. While Glass may be the weakest of the Unbreakable trilogy and is certain to create watercooler talk about its twists, it offers a unique spin on the perception of comic book stories. Either way, Glass will satisfy fans of the characters from this trilogy despite its cracked structure.
Wednesday is here again, which means a new week for new comics (SHREDDER IN HELL, ISOLA & BLACK WIDOW). 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
Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters July 5, 2019 from Marvel Studios and director Jon Watts. The film stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Keaton, J.B. Smoove, Numan Acar, Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders. Read more
From the highly anticipated TV adaptation of The Boys (from Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson) to the James Gunn produced superhero horror thriller Brightburn – here are my Top 10 Upcoming Shows and Films of 2019:
Produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by Julius Avery (Son of a Gun), the “wild and fantastically fun thrill fest” (Molly Freeman, Screenrant) OVERLORD lands on Digital February 5, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD February 19 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Read more
Wednesday is here again, which means a new week for new comics (MARTIAN MANHUNTER, EUTHANAUTS, & 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
See ya later 2018!! I mean this in the best way possible, there were some outstanding comics that came out last year. Despite it already being January, I thought I should still put together a little round-up of my favorite series. So in no particular order, here they are.