There aren’t many movies that come out in September that are interesting or receive high praise from critics. But there are those surprises that come up. Based on the Darcey Bell novel of the same name, A Simple Favor has as many curves as a country back road. Part Gone Girl, park Hitchcock, this movie is a sleek, enjoyable time.
Over the last decade, Marvel Studios and their Cinematic Universe has dominated the global box office and Hollywood. With this past year’s Avengers: Infinity War changing the game and turning the universe upside down, we wondered how Marvel could keep our thoughts off the still currently untitled Avengers 4 film. Luckily, they have the right person for the job…or should I say woman.
Meet Carol Danvers.Read More »
If you have been living under a rock, Disney and Marvel have been dealing with a fair amount of controversy and backlash in the last few weeks. After the firing of James Gunn over past controversial tweets, the wave of disappointment and anger has been coming from fans and actors alike. As this saga reaches its conclusion with Disney and Marvel standing by their decision, I have a few thoughts about this topic.Read More »
For the past thirty years, Spike Lee films have been anything but subtle. While some movies touch on sensitive subjects such as racism, race relations, and other political issues with honest delicacy, Lee strikes with a hammer. Lee’s latest joint, BlacKkKlansman, might be set four decades ago but its passionate message couldn’t be any more relevant- and its rage more justified.Read More »
The Academy Awards has been under criticism over the last few years for a variety of reasons. From opening up the Best Picture nominees to ten films to including diversity in the selection of award nominees, the awards have slowly but steadily grown with the current times. But one major gripe is the minimal mentioning of those mainstream films that audiences pay money and fill the theaters to see. Until now.
Who really remembers eighth grade? Sometimes, the question should be: who really wants to? The weird period between pre-teen and teenager, going through a gauntlet of changes and hoping you’ll survive, and trying so hard to fit in as you prepare to move on to ninth grade. As you go through adult life, sometimes you wish for those days. Movies like first time writer-director Bo Burnham’s poignant coming-of-age story, Eighth Grade, reminds audience that despite the added of pressures of postmillenial social media, growing up and the hard-won lesson of marching to your own drum remains the same.Read More »
Fanbases are a great community to be a part of. You meet up or talk to people not just in your surrounding areas but possibly around the country or world that share your interests in a certain medium. Pop culture is a melting pot of people, no matter your race or gender, coming together to celebrate movies, television shows, games. You name it.
But with everything positive, there is also a flip side. A dark side.Read More »
When a franchise reaches a sixth film, a property usually finds itself at a crossroads: adapt or continue to rely on faithful tactics with the possibility of waning box office numbers. Franchises such as The Fast and the Furious learned to adapt by adding elements while keeping the core of what made it great. For Mission: Impossible – Fallout, its success lies in doubling down on the status quo of the series: Action and stunts. Lots of stunts by Tom Cruise, the man that Father Time hasn’t caught up to yet. Read More »
No one knew what to expect from 2014’s The Equalizer, banking on Denzel Washington’s charisma and rejoining director Antoine Fuqua. The film was a quiet hit, earning $200 million for Sony. So it was surprising to hear the studio green light a sequel, planning its release during the prime time of summer blockbuster season. What’s also surprising is Washington signing on for his first official sequel of his career.
But I guess when you have Denzel Washington by your side along with the same director, anything can be done. Even if the environment around him has issues, you can always depend on Washington to still carry a movie to “watchable” status.
Pop culture conventions.
Almost every major city has one for all fans of the genre to attend. It’s not just limited to movies but also television and anime. I’ve attended Awesome Con in Washington D.C. the last two years and have never been disappointed. But there is one convention that claims to title as the crown jewel of conventions. Read More »