Heroes come from all sorts of places and some of them come from the field of journalism, where reporters and various employees at media outlets seek to bring the truth to light and give their audiences the information they need. And given the current state of the country, we could certainly benefit from members of the media giving us a clearer picture of everything. History tends to repeat itself, and from time to time, freedom of the press has come under assault. That being said, who better in Hollywood than acclaimed director Steven Spielberg could show audiences a time in history where the fourth estate was under fire. Spielberg’s latest movie, The Post, looks at the release of the Pentagon Papers in the early 70s. No question the year’s most timely movie, The Post is a stirring, race-against-the-clock drama that is among the best movies of the year.
This week I went to review The Circle, a suspenseful movie whose premise is an exploration of the whole ‘Privacy versus Security’ debate. I was not looking forward to this film; I thought it would be dry and boring but instead I found it terrifying. The Circle got me where I lived. It tapped directly into my fears of being watched and judged and and kept that up for almost two hours. I haven’t squirmed that much since ‘The Witch’. So when I saw it got 5.7 out of 10 on IMDB and 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, I was shocked. What happened? Then I figured it out…. Read more
It’s almost Halloween, little kids are dressing up, there’s Halloween themed internet posts and the stores are ready to get out the Christmas decorations. I should be knee deep in horror films (bad and good) and instead I get… Inferno. What happened, Hollywood? Did you read my reviews last year and decide not to make any more? Because if that’s it, I didn’t mean it, I swear. I’d rather have all the bad horror films than whatever this was. Maybe I’m just cranky this week, but I wasn’t a fan of Inferno. If you love Dan Brown and his movies, I’m warning you up front: don’t read this review. I’m going to trash this puppy and there’s going to be spoilers. Read more
I am the wrong person to review Sully, I realise. More than any other genre, the Based On True Events Drama is not my cup of tea. I felt drowsy seeing the trailer for this film; it’s a miracle I made it through the whole thing. Still it was the best of all available options (you can check Rotten Tomatoes if you don’t believe me) and it was excellent. I think. I’m pretty sure it was excellent, anyway – the rest of the audience really enjoyed it. Read more
Finally, after all these years, two of the most recognisable stars in Hollywood, actor Tom Hanks and director Clint Eastwood, have come together to make a movie. And what better way could they have joined forces than to show audiences the true story of “The Miracle of the Hudson?” Marketing for the movie has been heavily focused around the descent of US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River, but Sully focuses more on the, until now, unseen story of the hearings between Captain Sully and National Transportation Safety Board that followed the safe landing. Even though it’s likely you know the ending while heading into the theater, the story is still subtly captivating and crowd pleasing thanks to a first-rate performance from Tom Hanks. Read more
With IT and The Dark Tower both getting the proper film adaptation treatment these days, it’s time to look back on horror icon Stephen King’s previous work and which ones stand out above the 200 or so that have been transformed into series/film. (joking about the 200, but also… not really) Read more
In honour of the Red-Band Deadpool trailer debut, I decided to take a look back at my favorite restricted films based on comic books.