2017 Awards Profile: Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” From Netflix

FILM: “Okja: PRODUCERS: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Dooho Choi, Lewis Taewan Kim, Ted Sarandos and Joon-ho Bong DISTRIBUTOR: Netflix DIRECTOR: Bong Joon-ho WRITERS: Bong Joon-ho and Jon Ronson CAST: Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Byun Hee-bong, Lily Collins, Steven Yuen, Shirley Henderson, Je-moon Yoon, Devon Bostick, Giancarlo Esposito, Daniel Henshall, Choi Woo-shik […]

2017 Awards Profile: Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ From Fox Searchlight Pictures

FILM: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” PRODUCERS: Martin McDonagh, Graham Broadbent and Peter Czemin DISTRIBUTOR: Fox Searchlight Pictures DIRECTOR: Martin McDonagh WRITERS: Martin MCDonagh CAST: Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, Abbie Cornish, Lucas Hedges, Caleb Landry Jones and Kathryn Newton SYNOPSIS (via IMDB): “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is a […]

Awards Speculation: History of the Oscar Reboot

Massive change is the consequence of horror. Such was the case on the morning of January 22, 2009. Moviegoers, critics and even Academy voters were in a state of utter disbelief following the “Best Picture” nomination announcement. Christopher Nolan’s unanimously praised “The Dark Knight” was nowhere to be found in the lineup despite landing eight […]

James Ponsoldt’s ‘The Circle’ Is a Flat and Shapeless Thriller That Problematically Defends Technophobia

Directed by indie favorite James Ponsoldt, “The Circle” recaptures the simmering paranoia of 70s surveillance thrillers. Sleekly shot and featuring A-list actors with corporate-minded naturalism, the film promises insight before slowly sinking into mindless melodrama. David Eggers, who wrote the original novel, collaborated with Ponsoldt on a script that rushes past the hard questions it […]

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Top 10: Best Action Films of the Millennium

With “The Fate of the Furious” ready to blow out our senses this weekend, it would be remiss to ignore the 10 greatest action films of the current millennium that came before it. Below you’ll find the most explosively awesome of the lot. 1. “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015) Roaring back after a long absence, […]

Film Review: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Is an Average Techno-Thriller That Adds Insult to Whitewashing Injury

Rupert Sanders’ live-action adaptation of Mamoru Oshii’s “Ghost in the Shell” anime masterpiece offers enhanced visuals but reduced intelligence. Retrofitted with a straightforward narrative and “commercial” face for its cybernetic protagonist, this iteration is a wet dream for American video game/anime-loving “dude bros” and a middle finger to the rest. Make no mistake, as much […]

Top 10: Comic Book Adaptations

In honor of the upcoming “Ghost in the Shell” live-action movie – adapted from Masamune Shirow’s manga series of the same name – it felt appropriate to precede the film’s weekend release by paying homage to other films in the genre. Here’s our top 10 greatest comic book/graphic novel adaptations: 1. “Watchmen” (2009) Alan Moore’s alternate depiction […]

2017 Awards Profile: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ From Warner Brothers

FILM: “Dunkirk” PRODUCERS: Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Brothers DIRECTOR: Christopher Nolan WRITER: Christopher Nolan CAST: Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, James D’Arcy, Harry Styles, Jack Lowden and Anuerin Barnard SYNOPSIS (via IMDB): Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and […]

2017 Awards Profile: George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’ From Paramount Pictures

FILM: “Suburbicon” PRODUCERS: George Clooney, Joel Silver, Teddy Schwarzman and Grant Heslov DISTRIBUTOR: Paramount Pictures DIRECTOR: George Clooney WRITERS: George Clooney, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen and Grant Heslov CAST: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, Glenn Fleshler, Josh Brolin, Megan Ferguson, Noah Jupe and Gary Barsaraba SYNOPSIS (via IMDB): A crime mystery set in the […]

Top 10: Best Remakes of All-Time

In honor of this Friday’s release of “Kong: Skull Island,” it only makes sense to list some of the best remakes of all-time given its predecessor carved its name into “remake” history. Without further ado, let’s revisit the remakes. 1. “The Departed” (2006) Martin Scorsese’s contemporary gangster classic establishes a gold standard that every remake […]

Overdue: Kevin O’Connell Hopes to Get Lucky With 21st Oscar Nomination

Normally, the number 21 is associated with a celebratory rite of passage into legal adulthood. For veteran sound mixer Kevin O’Connell, 21 represents the number of times he’s been nominated for an Oscar without a win. O’Connell’s incredible craftsmanship has ridden tangentially with the evolution of sound technology. Typically films that highlight such breakthroughs are ones […]

Oscars: Can ‘Moonlight’ Pull Off a Best Picture Upset?

It seems that nothing can stop the speeding train of Hollywood musical joy that is Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.” A record-tying 14 Oscar nominations and seven record-winning Golden Globe wins carries insurmountable weight going into the 89th Academy Awards. But where there is the impossible, there is history. From “Gravity” to “Mad Max: Fury Road,” […]

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Film Review: ‘My Father Die’ Sacrifices Taste For Style

Sean Brosnan’s merciless “My Father Die” plunges audiences into the deepest, darkest denizens of Southern swamp life. Following a visually enthralling prologue wherein childhood tragedy is witnessed via black-and-white filtering, the film devolves into gruesome revenge porn. Back in the spring of last year, SXSW attendees reported their wild enthusiasm following Brosnan’s debut. However, once the […]