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 […]

Sci-Fi Fridays, Episode 62: Princess Leia’s Greatest Moments

Two weeks ago, we lost our cherished Princess Leia – the witty, courageous and lovable Carrie Fisher. As Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan from the “Star Wars” cinematic universe, she shaped a generation of men who respected her and women who aspired to emulate her rogue toughness. Below you’ll find five of Leia’s greatest moments that […]

Film Review: ‘The Bye Bye Man’ Is Conceptually Stellar but Murders Its Execution

Stacy Title‘s mentally terrorizing “The Bye Bye Man” is a spiritual sibling to films as recent as “It Follows” and as classic as “Nightmare on Elm Street.” This modern update of the “Boogeyman” archetype distorts audience perception on what is real and what is demonically manipulated. There’s some clever plot twists and innovative effects to […]

Film Review: ‘Monster Trucks’ Is a Gentler Creature Than It Appears

Chris Wedge‘s “Monster Trucks” roars into 2017 with adventurous spirit and familial warmth. Delayed for nearly two years, this power socket of a movie is uncannily timely. Watching two millennials save their “Middle America” small North Dakotan town from a greedy oil drilling company is entertainment worth applauding. The script by Derek Connolly (co-writer of “Jurassic World”) is […]

Film Review: Pablo Larraín’s ‘Neruda’ Takes the Biopic Genre to Bizarre Yet Astounding Heights

Pablo Larraín’s fascinatingly absurd “Neruda” completes his trifecta of films released in 2016. Following the provocative “The Club” and the masterful “Jackie,” Larraín caps the year with a biopic that is as ostentatious as its poet of interest. Larraín’s direction is aesthetically manic yet there’s undeniable intention behind every colorful stroke. Screenwriter Guillermo Calderón isn’t so […]

Sci-Fi Fridays, Episode 61: The Triumphs and Downfalls of ‘Rogue One,’ SPOILER Edition

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is currently upon audiences and ready for fan dissection. The first spin-off of the most popular movie franchise of all-time is truly a different beast of “Star Wars” lore. Gareth Edwards is a director well suited for large-scale destruction, and that is exactly what this particular story demands. When […]

AFI Fest Film Review: ‘Moana’ Rides a Colorful Wave of Quintessential Disney Magic

Walt Disney Pictures’ “Moana” glistens with exuberance and heart, providing a cinematic vacation paradise of utmost necessity. Politics aside, the country needs the joyousness of “Moana” more than ever, and thankfully this heroine is bred to uplift. Riffing off the classic Chosen One narrative, “Moana” utilizes character reflection to subvert the arrogance that typifies this trope. Nailing her debut […]

AFI Fest Film Review: Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ Is an Emotionally Unnerving Yet Vital Morality Tale

2016 AFI FILM FEST: Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” is another turbulent familial drama that’s among the very best in the auteur’s oeuvre. Pushing viewers’ stress level to peak capacity, the film addresses the moral consequences of retaliating the cruelest form of dishonor. Issues of sexual assault, female agency, male entitlement and violence are meticulously probed. […]

AFI Fest Film Review: ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Rebels Without Coherent Cause

2016 AFI FILM FESTIVAL: Warren Beatty‘s haphazard “Rules Don’t Apply” is a screwball dramedy that plays like a direct-to-video sequel to Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator.” Where that film provides honest penetration into the depravity of wily tycoon Howard Hughes, this cinematic farce exploits for amusement. Beatty, doing double duty as writer-director, can’t decide whether the egomaniac […]