Sunday, February 18, 2018

Side By Side: A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS vs. DADDY’S HOME 2


Welcome to another installment of SIDE BY SIDE, where we dissect the differences and similarities between two films, be it a remake/reboot with its original, a sequel with its original, or two similar movies. This week we will be comparing two 2017 holiday sequels, A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS and DADDY'S HOME 2.  Enjoy!

Last November was the season for Christmas-themed comedy sequels as both Bad Moms and Daddy’s Home managed to garner follow ups in a similar vein to one another.  Tell me what movie I’m describing:  Our main characters are getting ready for a joyous Christmas with their families, when – surprise, surprise – their parents decide to show up and throw everything into an upheaval. 

Movie Review: BLACK PANTHER



Culturally significant films come along every so often, and these tend to be the types of films that keep people talking long after their release.  But it’s rare to find such a film within the superhero genre, yet Marvel Studios has managed to do just that with the latest addition to their decade-long running cinematic universe, Black Panther.  This is a film that not only speaks to people of color, but to film lovers alike.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Movie Review: HELLRAISER: JUDGEMENT (2018)


Did you know there was a new Hellraiser movie coming out, direct-to-video as it may be? I didn't know until just last week, and then I only found out while scanning through the upcoming releases on blu-ray.com.

I don't have terribly high hopes for this movie, though I still want it to be a good time. While I disagree that the Hellraiser series is one good movie (the original) and a bunch of crap sequels, I will agree that the series took a nose-dive with 2005's Hellworld. I actually like most of the Hellraiser sequels, though I won't pretend they don't have their (sometimes glaring) flaws. Whereas the other big horror movie monsters were inclined to show up and start reaping souls for no apparent reason, other than the fact that somebody did something bad once upon a time, Pinhead and the Cenobites only came out to play if they were explicitly summoned. The horror of the Hellraiser series is in the consequences that come with every choice we make, consequences that rarely effect only ourselves, and even when the series was at its absolute worst, this point was still part of the story.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

What's On Netflix?: THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX


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. This time we're ruminating on the third installment in JJ Abrams' incomprehensible Cloverfield series, THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX.

Riverdale: Innocent Small Town or Dark Dystopia?


When I think of Riverdale, Archie Comics is the first thing that comes to mind. The comic debuted in 1941 and is as American as sweet apple pie. However, certain things have changed over the last 77 years.  The comics have gotten darker, introduced mystical elements like witches and werewolves, and we've even seen the Archie gang go up against the dreaded Sharknado.  Yeah, that's real.  But one of the biggest things to happen in the world of Archie Comics is the premiere of the CW's live-action series, Riverdale.

Movie Review: FIFTY SHADES FREED


Valentine's Day is just around the corner, just in time for Fifty Shades Freed to come out.  The third film in the Fifty Shades franchise was more about forgiveness and redemption. Of course, it still had steamy scenes like its predecessors.  However, this last film focused more on Christian and Ana's relationship and the ups and downs they endured.

Monday, February 5, 2018

TRAILER ROUNDUP: Super Bowl Edition



Welcome to the TRAILER ROUNDUP, where we gather up all the new trailers that dropped this week and give them to you all in one place.

This special edition of Trailer Roundup is dedicated to all of the great trailers and TV spots that took place during this year's Super Bowl.  We saw some amazing footage last night from films like Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and even Avengers: Infinity War.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Movie Review: PHANTOM THREAD



I first heard about this film in the early part of 2017 when we were working on our Most Anticipated Films of 2017 list for Merc With A Movie Blog.  One of our writers had on his list “Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Fashion Project”.  It had no name, and Daniel Day-Lewis’ name was nowhere near it, but ever since then, it had me intrigued.  Then a few months later, a rumor popped up that the film was being called Phantom Thread.  No one knew if this was real or just a working title, and it wasn’t until a few more months later that it was confirmed as the title and revealed that Daniel Day-Lewis would be starring in it, for his final role ever.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

90th Academy Awards Nominations


Nominations for the 90th Annual Academy Awards were announced this morning (Tuesday, Jan. 23rd) with lots of great films scoring nominations.  

This year's Oscar ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will honor the best films of 2017 and will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 4, 2018. During the ceremony, The Academy will present awards in 24 categories (listed below). The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, will once again be hosted by television host Jimmy Kimmel and will air at 8 p.m. ET, with the red carpet event starting at 6:30 p.m. ET, so make sure to join us for this star-studded event, and check us out on Twitter where we will be live tweeting the whole night.

Monday, January 22, 2018

EDITORIAL: Hollywood Heads In The Right Direction As Female-Driven Films Lead The 2017 Box Office



In the year of #MeToo and the Time’s Up movement, Hollywood has been the center of a lot of negative press.  So, when a story hits that puts Hollywood in a more positive light, I feel it’s important to make sure it gets shared, so that we can see that there’s still some good out there.

Friday, January 19, 2018

What's On Netflix?: WHITE GOLD



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 fans. This week's selection is WHITE GOLD, a hysterical British comedy featuring Ed Westwick that is set in the 1980's. It originally aired on BBC and was released on Netflix on August 11, 2017.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Review: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI


For the last three decades of my life, Star Wars has been an integral part of who I am.  I remember watching the Original Trilogy on VHS with my father and being in awe of how amazing and fantastical those films were.  They were some of the very movies that made me fall in love with the sci-fi/fantasy genre and film as a whole.  So, of course, when a new film in the franchise hits the big screen, I will absolutely be there to experience it.  I did it with all the prequels, and I’ve done it with all the new films.  Which brings me to the topic at hand -- The Last Jedi. 

Family Movie Night: THE LITTLE RASCALS (1994)

Welcome to another installment of FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, where we review a family-friendly film for our faithful fans. This week's selection is the adorable film, THE LITTLE RASCALS from 1994. I recently watched this film after a number of years and fell in love with it all over again.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Side By Side: STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE (1977) vs. STAR WARS: THE FORCEAWAKENS (2015)



Welcome to another installment of SIDE BY SIDE, where we dissect the differences and similarities between two films, be it a remake/reboot with its original, a sequel with its original, or two similar movies. This weekend, as a little number called The Last Jedi takes over, we compare the film that launched a franchise, 1977's STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE with its remake-slash-sequel thrice removed, 2015's STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

What's on Netflix?: WORD PARTY



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 fans. This week's selection is a children's series called WORD PARTY. It was created by The Jim Henson Company to help toddlers learn social skills and expand their vocabulary.

Trash Bin: THE BYE BYE MAN



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 review the 2017 horror movie... THE BYE BYE MAN.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Short Film Spotlight: HAPPINESS


Welcome to another installment of SHORT FILM SPOTLIGHT. This week we review "the story of a rodent's unrelenting quest for happiness and fulfillment," according to the director: HAPPINESS.

Why Haven't I Seen That?: SEVEN SAMURAI (1954)


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 review an epic masterwork from famed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, SEVEN SAMURAI.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Don't Watch This Alone!: THE BABYSITTER



Welcome to another installment of DON'T WATCH THIS ALONE!, where we review the best, the worst, and everything in between in the world of horror. This week we review a brand new addition to the horror genre, THE BABYSITTER. 

Retro Review: CAN'T HARDLY WAIT (1998)


Welcome to another installment of RETRO REVIEW, where we take a trip back in time to look at films made before the year 2000. This week we'll be reviewing the 1998 teen comedy, CAN'T HARDLY WAIT, written and directed by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont.