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 »
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 »
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.
There is no limit to the praise that can be given to The Dark Knight Trilogy. Out of the three, it goes without saying that The Dark Knight is the best film. In honor of the film’s 10th anniversary, I decided to revisit Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece to see if I felt any differently about the film after time has passed since my last viewing, possibly come up with anything new. I learned one thing: I had forgotten how excellent this movie is.
During the summer movie season, it’s a risk to bring out something original among a long list of sequels, remakes, and superhero films. Most likely, that film will get lost in the shuffle and be mentioned underneath the blockbusters of the season. Bay Area rapper-turned-writer/director Boots Riley made his wildly infectious science fiction comedy Sorry to Bother You a weird but wonderful exception.Read More »
Everyone remember Avengers: Infinity War? The culmination of the first 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that was paced with amazing action sets, high stakes, and ripped out the hearts of fans all over the world by the time the end credits rolled. But we missed out on one of the more entertaining Avengers.Where was Ant-Man? The twentieth entry in the MCU franchise, Ant-Man and The Wasp, answers that very question.Read More »
This month is a huge one of the Jurassic Park cinematic franchise as the first film celebrates its 25th anniversary. The work of late author, Michael Crichton, was adapted by Steven Spielberg and released in 1993. Filled with dinosaur chases (included a T-Rex chasing a Jeep), raptor hunts and other thrills, the film actually asked the question of ethics: even though it can be done, should it?
Twenty-five years and four films later, science and ideas have fallen by the wayside and more jump-scare entertainment has spearheaded the films. If you can put real science to the side, you can find enjoyment in the films. This has continued in the latest installment, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.Read More »
In 2004, Disney/Pixar kicked off their own superhero story with the animated classic, The Incredibles. The 1960’s retro style animated film had it all: colorful, relatable characters, wonderful storytelling, and a Silver-Age Fantastic Four–style and family message that everyone, no matter the age, could relate to. After that, fans who grew up watching the first one eagerly anticipated rejoining these heroes.
After 14 years, I can say that our patient waiting has paid off as writer-director Brad Bird delivered an entertaining delight.
Remember when you and your friends used to ride bikes and run around outside? When adventure was found outside on your pedals or the words ‘You’re It!’ evoked feelings of excitement to find the next person you are going to touch and make them the chaser? As an adult, those days seem long gone, replaced with long work weeks and happy hour sessions.
So a comedy movie about grown men still acting like little boys one month out of the year isn’t a novel concept. This comedic trope has been used too often since the early 2000s. But it’s been a while since this old trope has been executed as perfectly as it is in Tag – possibly the funniest movie of the year so far.