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Friday, December 08, 2017

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Remember in the 1980s when Sting wanted to be a movie star, appearing in films such as Brimstone & Treacle, Dune, The Bride, and even alongside Meryl Streep in Plenty? Heck, even Melanie Griffith wanted to be an actress in the 80s.

Friday, December 08, 2017

A Peak of Music & Emotion

Coco will fill your heart

When Pixar isn’t making movies about toys, fish, cars, emotions or monsters, you can say their human characters have been pretty... white. Hoping to rectify that situation and add a bit more diversity to their films, the studio has put together their first movie featuring a full cast of Mexican characters and set the story during one of the biggest holidays in the country, Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. If you’re unfamiliar with the holiday, or just know about it from the cute decorated skeletons you see around Halloween, it is the one day of the year when the dead ancestors can come back to the world of the living and visit their families, as long as the family has placed their photo on an alter in the home to help remember them. And that is the jumping off point for Coco.

Friday, November 24, 2017

A Wowser? No, Just Okay

Justice League doesn’t stun

It’s finally here, the long-awaited joining together of some of DC Comics’ most iconic superheroes – Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg and... spoiler alert... Superman. And after some not very kind reviews for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Man of Steel and more glowing reviews for Wonder Woman, the question is can Justice League ever live up, or down, to anyone’s expectations, especially coming so closely on the heels of the almost universally loved Thor: Ragnarok? The answer is probably no.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Finally the Thor Movie We All Wanted

Thor: Ragnarok delivers

I’ve enjoyed the Marvel superhero movies over the years, but many have noted that the studio seems to be stuck in a rut with their films, following the same template over and over again. To be fair, there have been some great films (particularly the first two Captain America movies) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but so far there have been no real stakes because we know the heroes are going to be back for another adventure. And while the DC films from Warner Brothers have been criticized for being too unrelentingly dark and violent, the Marvel films have kept things bright and colorful, but outside of a little humor here and there, these films have been serious affairs as well.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Exquisite Horror

Ignore the cheesy title, Happy Death Day is perfection

There are a handful of people and companies that churn out low-budget horror films. James Wan, Jason Blum and his Blumhouse productions, and the folks at Platinum Dunes are the most prominent, and of that group and their high-profile titles, Platinum Dunes cannot hold a candle to the others even with the backing of Micahel Bay, churning out one cookie-cutter film after another and disparaging 80s classics like Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Hills Have Eyes. Wan struck gold with the Insidious and The Conjuring franchises, while Blumhouse is behind a host of original horror films including Get Out, Split, The Visit, Ouija, The Purge and... the Insidious films.

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