From Paramount and director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) comes the Oscar nominated tour de force Arrival, based on the short sci-fi tale “Story of Your life” by Ted Chiang. Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg, the film will be available to own on Blu-ray/DVD February 14, 2017. Continue reading Arrival: The Most Mind Bending Sci-Fi Drama Since 2001 A Space Odyssey [Blu-ray Review]
The 2017 Academy Awards Nominations have been revealed and La La Land is on track to follow-up it’s impressive Golden Globes haul as it rakes in a whopping 14 nominations. Moonlight and Arrival tied for second place with 8 each. Check out the full list of nominees here. Continue reading La La Landslide: 2017 Oscar Nominations Owned by La La Land as Moonlight & Arrival Tie for Second
2016 featured more than a few good movies. But as far as big-budget spectacles go, very few really stood out, as the majority of the studio tent poles were largely disappointing. Luckily, however, smaller, more independent movies stepped up big time this year. For me, the majority of the best movies I saw in 2016 were more affecting than they were movies that left me in awe or that had a “wow” factor.
While there was one movie that stood out above the rest for my Number 1 spot, spots 2-10 required me to thoroughly scrutinize my list in order to place the rest of the movies I saw this year in the right spots. So, without further ado, here are the 10 best movies of the year, at least in my opinion:
It’s time to look back through the movies of 2016 and, awards-show style, pick the most remarkable films in a variety of categories. A couple rules: only films I’ve reviewed are qualified and only one film can be nominated for each category, for… reasons. I’ll present you the nominations first, then the winners after, with a runner-up in every category. See if you can guess. Continue reading Mark’s Most Remarkable Films of 2016: Zootopia, Arrival & Sausage Party
I wasn’t that crazy about seeing Arrival. There hadn’t been much hype, I wasn’t already aware of it and the trailer made it look like it was borrowing a plotline from the first season of Enterprise where the Federation hadn’t developed the Universal Translator yet, so they weren’t sure if the aliens were going to kill the Enterprise or not. And to be fair that’s a large part of it – how much of Earth’s stress in this movie would have been reduced by the invention of a Universal Translator? I’m not going to tell you; after seeing Arrival through, I can say that it’s not the point of the film. Continue reading Arrival: A Carefully Made Film, Intelligent in Every Detail & Amazing to Watch [Review]