This year, the Academy Awards delayed its’ ceremony until the first Sunday in March, which thankfully provided time to actually view just about all of the nominees, and consequently reflect on last year’s best offers. It was a challenging year for cinema, an art-form besieged by so-called, ‘prestige TV’, to retain its’ crown as the most… Continue reading Top Ten Films of 2017 – Still Making the Case for the Big Screen Experience?
Up until this point, the films set in the Marvel Universe have told tales that interconnect in interesting ways and explore how they can affect each other, but what if a contained story were told of a secret world with the potential to upend everything? ‘Black Panther’, the newest entry in the sprawling MCU saga, dares to do… Continue reading ‘Black Panther’ – A Marvel Movie With More On Its’ Mind?
The Paul Thomas Anderson / Daniel Day-Lewis collaboration has yielded arguably the greatest American film in the 21st century, 2007‘s ‘There Will Be Blood’, for which Day-Lewis won his second Best Actor Oscar, but an aspect of Anderson’s filmmaking that often goes unheralded are his unconventional love stories. 2002‘s ‘Punch Drunk Love’ utilized Adam… Continue reading ‘Phantom Thread’ – Paul Thomas Anderson’s Warped Romance Across the Pond?
Guillermo del Toro is a passionate artist with a wonderful eye for the fantastic. He is capable of creating both lauded works of art (‘Pan’s Labyrinth’), solid genre fare (‘Blade II’, ‘Hellboy’, ‘Pacific Rim’), and overwrought, although visually appealing, reaches (‘Crimson Peak’). Despite the heaps of critical praise piled on his most recent film,… Continue reading ‘The Shape of Water’ – Guillermo del Toro at His Overindulgent Worst?
Every now and then, inspiration pushes an artist to quickly create a work that both squarely nails the current zeitgeist and can stand the test of time as a classic. Steven Spielberg is one such artist for whom it seems to happen to every few years, and his latest film, ‘The Post’, is one such work. A movie… Continue reading ‘The Post’ – A Relevant Spielberg Quickie?
The release of a new episode of ‘Star Wars’ is hands down the biggest cinematic event of whatever year each drops, and as such there is an enormous weight on these films due to a fan base that is truly unrivaled among franchises. While it is impossible to please everyone, the new entries from the… Continue reading ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi’ – Taking Risks with the Biggest Franchise on the Planet?
Coming off the relative triumph that was ‘Wonder Woman’ this summer, DC Comics and parent company Warner Brothers had the opportunity to turn the page on its’ poorly received, yet still financially viable, extended comic book superhero universe. Instead, with ‘Justice League,’ they give audiences an absolute mess of a film that fails on… Continue reading ‘Justice League’ – Is DC/WB Ruining the Superhero Genre?