Saturday, January 21, 2017

Short Film Spotlight: POWER HUNGRY


Welcome to another installment of SHORT FILM SPOTLIGHT. This week we look at an animated quest to recharge an electric car, POWER HUNGRY. Check it out below.

Decade of Best Pictures: BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)


Welcome to the first DECADE OF BEST PICTURES series of reviews where we will be taking a look at a decade of Best Picture winners over the course of 10 days. In this series we will be looking at the decade of Best Pictures from 2005-2015 in reverse chronological order! This second entry will be for the 2014 Best Picture winner BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Family Movie Night: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST


Welcome to a new installment of FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, where we give our recommendation for a family-friendly film to enjoy. This week we review the majestic and wonderfully animated BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  This film has something for every member of the family to enjoy.

Disney has a great talent for bringing fairy tales to life onscreen, and Beauty and the Beast is no exception. There had been attempts in the 1930's and 1950's to adapt the story to screen, however it wasn't until 1991 that if finally was released by Walt Disney Pictures.

Decade of Best Pictures: SPOTLIGHT


Welcome to the first DECADE OF BEST PICTURES series of reviews where we will be taking a look at a decade of Best Picture winners over the course of 10 days. In this series we will be looking at the decade of Best Pictures from 2005-2015 in reverse chronological order! This first entry will be for the 2015 Best Picture winner SPOTLIGHT!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Directorial Debut: David Lynch's ERASERHEAD


Welcome to a new installment of DIRECTORIAL DEBUTS, where we look at some of the best, most interesting, and iconic directors and the films that started their careers. This week we take a look at the surreal masterpiece that is David Lynch's ERASERHEAD!

Eraserhead is a complex film filled with symbolism and some convoluted hidden messages. Surrounding a man named Henry Spencer, and what you could call his mid-life crisis, Henry goes through a series of difficult trials and tribulations of sorts. He deals with his difficult industrial job, his difficult girlfriend and the deformity that is his child. Like most of Lynch's films the plot becomes lost in the visuals and symbolisms.

Trailer Review: LOGAN (Trailer #2)


The first trailer for the new film Logan was so good that most of us were sitting here asking ourselves if they just shot themselves in the foot. With the Johnny Cash music that created a tone that made us excited yet a little worried about the full movie, considering they probably weren’t going to run "Hurt" on repeat. That’s where all eyes went on the second trailer, worrying if it didn’t live up to the hype perhaps the greatness of the first trailer did really all come from the music. Put your worries aside, this trailer was fantastic.  Check it out below:

EDITORIAL: Could the DCEU Turn the Corner in 2017 (and What I’ve Learned About Producers)


Hello Readers! A new year has arrived and there is so much to be excited for! This year promises some great independent films, some great films by well-established directors, and boasts an incredibly promising (and packed!) blockbuster schedule. One thing that left many, but certainly not all, with questions from the blockbuster disappointments of 2016 was “where is the DC Extended Universe going to go from here?” I was definitely one of those people with that question. This editorial is going to take a look forward at the schedule DC has for 2017 and how it might turn the corner in 2017 and beyond.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

EDITORIAL: Video Game Movies and the Future of the Genre


Assassin’s Creed is out and by now you probably realize that most critics really don’t like the film and most of the audience find it adequate at best. This was meant to be the year for videos game films, but both Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed got generally lukewarm responses. So what is it? Are video game movies destined to fail? Are they simply not meant to be translated to the silver screen? That is what most people are saying, especially coming out of Assassin's Creed.

What's On Netflix?: HARD TARGET 2



Welcome to another installment of WHAT'S ON NETFLIX?, where we pick out a film or series currently playing on Netflix and review it for the viewers.  This week's selection is a direct to DVD action movie and sequel of sorts, HARD TARGET 2.

Movie Review: SPLIT



















Split is the latest feature film from controversial director M. Night Shyamalan. This is horror-thriller about a guy with dissociative identity disorder who kidnaps three teenagers. Shyamalan writes and directs this feature for Universal and Blumhouse Productions. The film stars James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Haley Lu Richardson, and Jessica Sula.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Retro Review: EXCALIBUR


Welcome to another installment of RETRO REVIEW, where where we take a look at films made before the year 2000. Today we review director John Boorman's take on the legend of King Arthur, 1981's EXCALIBUR.

Movie Review: THE FOUNDER

The Founder follows the real life story of Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) and how he went from a fading salesman in his late fifties to building the empire known as McDonald's, starting from a small town restaurant owned by the McDonald brothers.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Director Series: BEN AFFLECK


Ben Affleck is a man of many talents. We were all introduced to Ben Affleck as an actor. Going all the way back to School Ties and Dazed and Confused, Affleck has been in our pop culture lexicon. Then, in 1995, we learned of his brilliant talents as a writer when he won his first Academy Award as a screenwriter (alongside frequent collaborator and friend Matt Damon) for Good Will Hunting (at least those of us who believed he really did co-write that script learned that). Then, in 2007, when Affleck released his first directorial feature, Gone Baby Gone, (which he also wrote) we all learned that Good Will Hunting was no fluke.

Today, Affleck is, without question, a superstar director. With the recent release of Live By Night, he has directed four feature films. Three of these were massively critically acclaimed, and one which reached the absolute zenith by winning the Academy Award for Best Picture. Even the mixed reviews given to Live By Night represent a respect for Affleck’s directorial vision.

Movie Review: SILENCE


After receiving a worrying letter from their mentor Ferreira (Liam Neeson) from Japan, Portuguese priests Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Garrpe (Adam Driver) embark on a journey to reach Japan in order to find their beloved colleague and help the Christians against the religious oppression perpetuating during the 1600s by the hand of the Japanese Buddhists.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Movie Review: LIVE BY NIGHT


Welcome back to the Ben Affleck mini-series of reviews! This series will review each of his four directorial feature films. This review will be for his latest release LIVE BY NIGHT!

Trash Bin: THE LAST AIRBENDER


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 we will be looking at the action/adventure/fantasy film... THE LAST AIRBENDER.

Movie Review: DON'T THINK TWICE


The Commune is a comedy improv group that performs in a small theater in New York. With Jack (Keegan Michael-Key), one of the six friends on the group, being hired by a big time comedy TV show and their theater being sold away in a matter of four weeks, the Commune and all of its members start to realize that their lives might be changing in a way they don't like and can't control.

IN MEMORIAM: 2016 - A Tribute To Those We've Lost


In a time of social media, when any celebrity dies, millions of fans pour over the internet to say their piece, some genuinely, others just by circumstance. Where others condemn this 'tradition' away, I think we have lost something and that is the real emotion for select individuals that happens when icons like David Bowie or Gene Wilder pass away.

Movie Review: ARGO


Welcome back to the Ben Affleck mini-series of reviews! This series will review each of his four directorial feature films. This review will focus on his most acclaimed and Academy Award winning film, ARGO!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Short Film Spotlight: NEON


Welcome back to another installment of SHORT FILM SPOTLIGHT, where we highlight some of the best short films out there.  This week, we take a look at the amazing new short film...NEON.