Category Archives: Movie
I’m calling it, Summer is over. Yes, it’s still minimum 75 degrees outside, but when it comes to the best part of the Summer, the movies, we’re in a stand still. From the big blockbusters to indie hits, the summer of 2018 has been one of the strongest in recent memory, but not all of them were slam dunk hits (sorry Solo). But at the end of the day, what movie stood tall among the pack of films? The answer may surprise you. Read the rest of this entry
I try to keep this column a “politics-free zone”, mainly because there’s so many awful things out in the world lately that I like to think of this column as an escape. But with the recent firing of James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, I feel like I need to put my two cents in. Were Gunn’s tweets, which, while written ten years ago, offensive and unfunny? Absolutely. But his firing for his past actions sets a dangerous precedent for not only Hollywood, but our modern culture as well. Read the rest of this entry
It should come as no surprise, but I’m going to say it anyways: I am 100%, completely on board with Aquaman.
The James Wan directed film finally showed off some footage with a special trailer for San Diego Comic Con, and lemme just say : “HELL YES”. Everything about this movie looks bananas in the best way possible, from armored sharks to the fact that Jason Momoa says “badass!” when he first arrives in Atlantis. Warner Bros is leaning in HARD on the “Aquabro” aspect of Momoa’s casting, and I am totally there for it. Read the rest of this entry
It’s always a little nerve-wracking when you revisit a film that had a major impact on pop culture. To say that The Dark Knight completely changed what we think about movies, specifically superhero ones, when it came out ten years ago is the understatement of the century. But after a decade of films that tried to copy it’s success, and especially since the release of the underwhelming (but still pretty good) Dark Knight Rises and Warner Bros’ DCEU entries that started with the Nolan produced Man of Steel, does it still hold up as the masterwork that I remember it being?
The short answer is yes, it does. Read the rest of this entry
So that Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie is officially happening. Yup, the one that has The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips directing. And HAD Martin Scorsese (yes, THAT Martin Scorsese) producing, but now will just be produced by his production company. It’s Warner Bros’ big attempt to not only differentiate themselves from the superhero movie market, but also try and salvage whatever goodwill they have left after the disappointing critical (and some commercial) performances of Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad, and especially Justice League, as well as maybe get some Oscar play for their studio. While I’ve already made my feelings widely known in regards to the idea of giving the Joker an origin movie, there is a part of me that can’t deny the curiosity I feel regarding this. It’s either going to be brilliant or a colossal mistake, but it could be the thing to save WB’s DC films. Read the rest of this entry
We’ve had multiple Transformers movies. Two GI Joe movies. A Baywatch movie. Hell, even Jem and the Holograms got a (bad) movie. But there’s one 80’s property that still needs a new, modern day interpretation. That property? None other than Masters of the Universe. Read the rest of this entry
It’s no big revelation to say that Warner Bros’ slate of films based on the world of DC Comics are in a weird spot. After the muted response to Justice League, news of any film connected to the DCEU has become so scattershot that it would make anyone’s head spin. Sure, Wonder Woman‘s sequel and James Wan’s Aquaman are coming down the line (and both look pretty cool), but then there’s also the currently filming Shazam, Ava Duvernay’s New Gods film, a Batgirl movie, a Nightwing movie, Matt Reeves’ untitled (and possibly unAfflecked) Batman film, and not one, but three films put into development starring the clown prince of the crime himself, The Joker. Read the rest of this entry
John Carpenter’s Halloween is one of my all-time favorite movies. I could easily mark it down in my top five films of all time. It’s a masterpiece of simplicity, and paved the way for an entirely new genre of horror movies. Unfortunately, a large amount of the other movies in the franchise suck. With the exception of Halloween II, H20: Twenty Years Later, and …uh….the unrelated Halloween III: Season of the Witch, the other movies in the franchise not only cheapen the effectiveness of the original, they actually make The Shape himself, Michael Myers, less scary by trying to explain his motivations. But it looks like David Gordon Green and Danny McBride’s Halloween will finally buck the trend and give us a sequel that’s truly worthy of being associated with the original. Read the rest of this entry
Despite making over $100 million in its opening weekend, Solo: A Star Wars story is a disappointment for Lucasfilm and Disney. The film was tracking for a debut weekend in the $150 million range, but the writing was on the wall as soon as the Thursday night preview totals were tallied up, and it ended up with Solo earning the title of the lowest grossing Star Wars film so far, with a second weekend drop that’s one of the steepest in movie history. Certainly a lot of factors are at play here, from franchise fatigue, bad early buzz, and the recasting of a beloved character for the first time in thirty years. But to be honest, I don’t think any of those are a factor for Solo‘s under perfromance, or at least, not wholly responsible. I think it’s honestly a combination of a little bit of all of those factors, with the biggest one being the fact that Solo was in a tough spot already as the third “big blockbuster of the season”. Read the rest of this entry
Not even 24 hours into the release of Solo, Lucasfilm and Disney announced one of their next upcoming projects: the long rumored Boba Fett film. The Mandalorian bounty hunter has long been a fan-favorite, and despite his very limited screen time, he’s on a crap ton of merch, so it makes sense that he’d be the next character to get a spin off. While there’s no real need for him to get a starring role (the mystery is pretty much gone after the prequel trilogy), the choice for the director is what has me really interested: James Mangold. Read the rest of this entry