Having been a teenager in the ‘80’s, I remember horror movies being predominantly the genre receiving sequel treatment. You can point to plenty of sequels from that awesome of decades, but sequels were still relatively uncommon. Fast forward 30 years and it seems all films get some type of follow up. Yes, there are some films that scream “I need a sequel”. Pacific Rim was not one of those films. Thus, I found myself sitting down to a viewing of Pacific Rim Uprising, silently hoping that I was in for a surprise.
I remember being asked to read A Wrinkle in Time, the 1962 book by Madeleine L' Engle, as a child in school. Some kids liked it... some didn’t. Count me as one who didn't, as far as I can recall. Maybe I never got the point, or maybe I just didn’t like the story. Honestly, I didn’t remember much about the story.
So, walking into the film, I was sort of starting from scratch, other than a distant, subconscious ambivalence.
Potential spoilers ahead for recent James Bond films.
It seems like forever since the last James Bond film, Spectre, was released. Sadly, it's a film that left a sour taste in the mouths of a lot of Bondophiles like myself. This may be one of the hardest things I have ever admitted, but I found a Bond film to be… meh. I almost feel as if I'm in a confessional, letting go of my sins. It's time to come clean.
“There is a killer inside of me and I will not let it take control.”
This one statement made by Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss) defines the entire season two of Jessica Jones. This season is about control. Not as we saw in the first season with Kilgrave (David Tennant) trying to take control of people, but keeping control of yourself.
Potential spoilers ahead for Jessica Jones.
With the 90th Academy Awards only a few days away, it's time to put up or shut up with our picks for who will walk away with the golden statues.
I've been studying and tracking this event for years, and I have a good sense of history, trends, and what to look for to find those upsets. Last year, although I won the staff pool over at Feelin' Film, I did so with only 17 correct picks, which I felt was underwhelming. It's something I'm looking to rebound from and get back over the 20 mark.
The first major studio comedy of 2018 comes from director team John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who last collaborated on the 2015 Vacation reboot. If that fact gives you pause on whether or not to check out their latest, Game Night, you wouldn't be alone.
When writer/director Alex Garland unleashed his stunning debut film, Ex Machina, to the world back in 2014, he immediately landed on the "ones-to-watch" list. His follow up, Annihilation, squarely cements him as a bonafide player in the sci-fi genre.
It's been nearly ten years since karma came calling for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), as his convoy was ambushed in the Afghan desert and nearly destroyed by one of his own Stark Industries weapons. This was the origin of Iron Man, and it officially opened the floodgates to an annual onslaught of superhero films, for better or worse..
Since then, Marvel Studios has been gradually building towards a cinematic event to show off their massive stable of superheroes all playing together in the same sandbox, as they will in this summer's Avengers: Infinity War.
How we define comedy... how we interact with it, is rooted in how we perceive the world around us. Comedy can be the crutch we use to deal with unfortunate events... comedy as a coping mechanism, if you will.
Or, maybe a well timed fart joke is just funny.
Now that the nominations are out for the 90th Academy Awards, it's time for pundits and movie fans to start handicapping the races.
Over the next five weeks, I'll be monitoring the races, the buzz, the trends...so you don't have to. I will win you your Oscar pool.
Steve has been writing moderately well on the Internet for over ten years. As a middle aged fan-boy, he acknowledges that his relevance in today's culture is barely recognized, but he continues to pretend people like him. Maybe you will too.
Ali has been watching TV and movies since she can remember. Finally finding the courage to put her thoughts out for public consumption, she styles herself after her critic idols, Jay Sherman and and Statler & Waldorf.
Dan is an online gaming nerd with roots planted firmly in the 80's.
When not seeking proof of Sasquatch or defending the rights of clowns in the adult entertainment industry, you'll find him in the third row at the cineplex, buzzing on root beer and Sno Caps.
He'll gladly share his worthless opinions with you on this passing fad known as the Internet.