Thursday, February 23, 2017

Oscars Week Series: FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM REVIEWS


Welcome to our special OSCAR WEEK SERIES of reviews. This series will go through the seven categories in which an award is given based on the entire film (rather than any one constituent element). This fifth review in the series will go through the FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM nominees.

'Alien: Covenant' Prologue, Titled "Last Supper", Officially Released


The people behind the upcoming Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel, Alien: Covenant, have officially released a 5-minute prologue for the film, titled "Last Supper".  In this prologue, we see the crew of the Covenant having a good time before the inevitable events that will occur in the forthcoming film.

Why Haven't I Seen That?: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST


Welcome to a new installment of WHY HAVEN'T I SEEN THAT?, where we talk about a must-see or iconic movie that we have never seen...until now. This week we take a look at the Jack Nicholson classic...ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Oscars Week Series: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE REVIEWS


Welcome to our special OSCAR WEEK SERIES of reviews. This series will go through the seven categories in which an award is given based on the entire film (rather than any one constituent element). This fourth review in the series will go through the DOCUMENTARY FEATURE nominees.

What's on Netflix?: THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE



Welcome to another installment of WHAT'S ON NETFLIX?, where we pick out a film currently playing on Netflix and review it for the fans. Today we look at the 2000 golf drama, THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Retro Review: REAR WINDOW (1954)


Welcome to another installment of RETRO REVIEW where we take a look at films made before the year 2000.  Today we review Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1954 mystery thriller, REAR WINDOW.  Enjoy!

Rear Window...Wow, what a truly suspenseful, thrilling, and just flat out terrifically entertaining motion picture. The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, is on full form here, keeping us on our toes throughout the film, always second guessing what route the story is heading. By focusing the camera primarily on the courtyard of the apartment, we, the audiences, are always on edge, always waiting for something to happen.

Oscars Week Series: LIVE ACTION SHORT REVIEWS


Welcome to our special OSCAR WEEK SERIES of reviews. This series will go through the seven categories in which an award is given based on the entire film (rather than any one constituent element). This third review in the series will go through the LIVE ACTION SHORT nominees.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Oscars Week Series: ANIMATED SHORT REVIEWS


Welcome to our special OSCAR WEEK SERIES of reviews. This series will go through the seven categories in which an award is given based on the entire film (rather than any one constituent element). This second review in the series will go through the ANIMATED SHORT nominees.

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: 'LEGO Batman' & 'Fifty Shades Darker' Dominate The Box Office For Second Weekend


Welcome to WEEKEND ROUNDUP, where we discuss this weekends box office results.  The TOP 3 films for the weekend of February 17-19 were The LEGO Batman MovieFifty Shades Darker, and The Great Wall.

Let's take a look at this week's box office results:

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Movie Review: VOODOO


VOODOO, set to release in theaters on February 24 across the U.S., hits the streaming channels via Freestyle Digital Media shortly after that.  So far, the biggest hype for this ‘found footage’ genre horror movie from HyperCube Films and Cicero-native Tom Costabile is the fact that the trailer for VOODOO has been banned from being shown on Facebook for being ‘to shocking and offensive’. That made me want to take a look at VOODOO for a movie review.

Trash Bin: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (2016)


Hello movie fans and welcome to another installment of the TRASH BIN, where we watch the worst movies Hollywood has to offer, according to the critics, and give you our thoughts, good or bad. This week's pick is the sequel to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, the 2016 film ALICE THROUGH THE  LOOKING GLASS.

Oscars Week Series: DOCUMENTARY SHORT REVIEWS


Welcome to our special OSCAR WEEK SERIES of reviews. This series will go through the seven categories in which an award is given based on the entire film (rather than any one constituent element). This first review in the series will go through the DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT nominees.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Short Film Spotlight: DOES LOVE LAST FOREVER?


Welcome to another installment of SHORT FILM SPOTLIGHT, where we dive into the world of, you guessed it, short films, good or bad, and give you our thoughts. Today we look at a hearing test disguised as a short film: DOES LOVE LAST FOREVER?

Howdy fellow film freaks, Robert here. "A simple love story told over the course of four decades, or a creative film designed to test your hearing ability? You decide." This is the way the short film Does Love Last Forever? was pitched when I found it on shortoftheweek.com. Not knowing if that was a legitimate ambiguity or some web monkey's attempt at witty sarcasm, I gave it a go. It turns out that the film is a little of both, though it leans heavily toward the latter at the end.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Family Movie Night: ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN


Welcome to another installment of FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, where we give our recommendation on a family-friendly movie to enjoy. This week we blow the dust off a classic Disney offering, 1975's ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN.

Howdy fellow film freaks, Robert here. If the name "Witch Mountain" means anything to you at all, you likely remember it from the completely unnecessary Race to Witch Mountain, a nostalgia reboot of the series released in 2009. Movie geek that I am, I knew of the earlier Witch Mountain projects, 1975's Escape to Witch Mountain and it's 1978 sequel, Return from Witch Mountain, but had never actually watched either of them. This review represents the end of that omission, and I can't say I'm all the richer for it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Directorial Debut: Brad Bird's THE IRON GIANT


Welcome to a new installment of DIRECTORIAL DEBUT, where we look at some of the best, most interesting, and iconic directors and the films that started their careers. This week we look at the debut of Brad Bird...THE IRON GIANT.

The Iron Giant tells the story of a kid named Hogarth who finds a giant robot in the middle of the forest. He quickly becomes friends with it and helps it stay away from the government officer who is trying to capture it.

What's On Netflix: THE CROW


This week, I was challenged to watch, in honor of Valentine’s Day 2017, a cult-classic in 90s cinema – Alex Proyas’ comic book adaptation, The Crow. Walking into this movie, I knew absolutely nothing outside of the tragic story of Brandon Lee’s death on set. Even there, details were fuzzy in my mind. I purposefully avoided researching the film before sitting down and immersing myself into what turned out to be a two-hour adventure of craziness, heart, and confusion. The Crow may not be a masterpiece of cinema, but it tells a dark, compelling story of love and loss in a better way than most other action films, especially within the comic book genre.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

EDITORIAL: The Importance of the Blockbuster in an Age of Indie Film


Blockbuster films have been a big part of the theater experience for decades.  These are the types of films that tend to draw large crowds to the theater, and it's these crowds that keep studios and theaters alike running.  But lately, it's the independent film that has been gaining popularity, as we see more and more these films getting awards attention, and for good reason.  You want a fun, exciting time at the theater?  Then you'll probably want to see a blockbuster like Rogue One or Doctor Strange.  But, if you're looking for something with more heart and depth, something with a story that will stick with you long after seeing it, then independent films, such as Moonlight or Sing Street, are the way to go.

Retro Review: THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN (1985)


Welcome to another installment of RETRO REVIEW, where we take a look at films made before the year 2000. Today we review an animated journey through the work of one of the most famous American authors, from Claymation auteur Will Vinton: THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN.

Howdy fellow film freaks, Robert here. For those of us who grew up in the 1980s, The Adventures of Mark Twain will seem like another effort by the mass media to present an icon of the classical arts in a way that is appealing to "the youth of today." And it is that; animation is a time-honored vehicle for making something appealing to children. But unlike similar efforts which insulted their audience's intelligence by trying to make their subjects "relatable" ("Beethoven is like heavy metal music!" "Shakespeare was a rapper!") Mark Twain is faithful to its core source material, namely the man and his works. Most of the dialogue spoken by Twain in the film comes from his writings, and only the occasional liberty is taken (as far as I can tell) with the characters he created.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Movie Review: A CURE FOR WELLNESS


A Cure for Wellness is the new horror-thriller feature from acclaimed director Gore Verbinski. The film tells the story of a young upward moving company-man for a Wall Street financial firm who is sent to Switzerland to bring the reclusive CEO back from a sanitarium to handle some issues back in New York. At the sanitarium the young protagonist realizes that there may be more nefarious things going on than apparent from the outside. The film stars Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, Harry Groener, and Jason Isaacs.

Movie Review: FIFTY SHADES DARKER


Hello, film lovers!! I'm sure most of you are getting ready for Valentine's Day, which is just around the corner. Well, I'm reviewing a movie that many of you may be taking your wonderful significant other to go see. It's a little movie called Fifty Shades Darker. I'm sure you've heard of it. It's directed by James Foley and boasts a wonderful cast of characters.