The lyrics, beats, dance routines, and messages put together in musicals have created some of the most memorable movies in cinematic history. However, musicals don’t work if more than one of these components fail to hit a high note. And in the case of Dear Evan Hansen, almost everything, aside from some of the music, just flat out doesn’t work or even make a case for having made this Broadway-hit into a movie. When you mix together the cast led by a poorly miscast titular character, complex messaging and offbeat pacing, it makes for just an oddly-made movie that’s more head-scratching than inspiring.
Can we all just acknowledge how awesome it is that Adam McKay has went from directing raunchy comedies to directing riveting dramas? In 2015 The Big Short was one of the year’s best, and in 2018 Vice will end up being one of the year’s best as well. From the gripping opening scene to the final few minutes, Vice grabs you and doesn’t even come close to letting you go. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more