It’s an incredible time for independent filmmaking. With production houses like A24 leading the frontline, indie movies are becoming a major force in the festival circuit and showing potential as serious Oscar contenders. Greek Director Yorgos Lanthimos has displayed great strengths as one of most competent indie filmmakers of recent years. His 2015 black comedy film “The Lobster” did very well at festivals and even garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. He is back this year with a psychological horror-thriller in the form of The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Read more
This week I went to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which I was excited about seeing since I saw the trailer. It looked wonderful. It’s been so long since I’ve seen the Harry Potter Universe, I think I kind of missed it. This movie is a wonderful dip back into that imaginative world and it’s just as full of wonderful things (and beasts) as ever. Make no mistake, this movie was made for the fans; I’m not sure how much would make sense to the two or three people left who haven’t read at least part of the books. Read more
For nearly two decades, J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world has been a force to be reckoned with, first in bookstores and then in movie theaters. Rowling herself is due all the credit for creating the magical universe inhabited by memorable characters centered on Harry Potter and his friends. Now, Rowling is back with her first screenplay, which expands a short story previously mentioned in the Potter series – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The short story itself may only be 126 pages, but the possibilities for expanding this briefly-mentioned story within the Rowling universe into a whole new franchise are endless–if done correctly. Despite a fairly straightforward plot, Rowling offers more than enough to invest in a new spin-off franchise, which features new charming characters, impressive, visually-rendered magical beasts, and a story that, while simplistic, offers up a likable, leading wizard in Newt Scamander, who warrants further character exploration. Read more
From Warner Bros, creator/screenwriter J.K. Rowling and director David Yates comes the latest addition to the wizarding world of Harry Potter – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Jenn Murray and Jon Voight, the film hits theaters November 18, 2016. Read more
True Detective season two was created and written by Nic Pizzolatto. The critically acclaimed HBO series kicked off this past June with Fast and Furious director Justin Lin helming the first two episodes. The series stars Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kitsch and Rachael McAdams. The Blu-ray set is available January 5th, 2016.
True Detective season two was created and written by Nic Pizzolatto. The critically acclaimed HBO series kicked off this past June with Fast and Furious director Justin Lin helming the first two episodes. The series stars Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kitsch and Rachael McAdams.