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.
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.
Beauty & the Beast meets Creature From the Black Lagoon. It's the simplest way to approach the whimsical charm of director Guillermo Del Toro's latest dreamlike fantasy, The Shape of Water. Canvassed in brilliant hues of aqua and teal, there is magic on display as each aquatic-like ripple dances across the screen.
Contentiousness between the media and heads of state is not a new thing. Secrecy and lies have been a normal part of the political game since the very establishment of the Washington presidency in the late 1700's. But, the founding fathers knew that a free press was essential to maintaining accountability of governing officials. And yet, even in current times, there are those at the top who seek to challenge our first amendment rights, and all we can hope for is that honest journalism and moral integrity continue to exist, in some form, allowing we the governed to continue to hold our elected officials to that accountability.
Early in Darkest Hour, King George VI (Ben Mendelsohn) asks a pointed question of the ousted British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup)... "Why have I been forced to send for Churchill? His record is a catastrophe." This is a key moment in defining the challenges that will face the newly appointed resident of 10 Downing Street.
How do you make poker interesting? Find a true life story about a failed world class athlete turned high glam pit boss and slap an Aaron Sorkin script on it.
Molly's Game, also Sorkin's directorial debut, follows the story of Molly Bloom, from the freak skiing accident that destroyed her Olympic dream, through her venture into the world of high stakes underground poker. An unlikely trajectory for sure, but one that is as intriguing as it is absurd.
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.