Monday, May 22, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Alien: Covenant Has An Underwhelming Bow As Everything, Everything Does Solid Box Office And The Newest Wimpy Kid Film Lives Up To Its Name
Friday, May 19, 2017
Placement On Sight & Sound Top 50 Movies List: #8
In the early days of cinema, everything you could with a camera was revolutionary. The works of folks like Eadweard Muybridge, Thomas Edison and the Lumiere Brothers may seem quaint now, but at the time, they were changing how art could be made forever. Film was such a new artform at that point that the very act of filming anything was rightly considered something tantamount to an act of Biblical proportions. By the time 1929 rolled around, cinema had advanced notably since the 1890-1900 era, but there was still much to be done and experimented with when it came to the art of filmmaking. There was still plenty of artistic terrains yet to be charted in the realm of cinema.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
You Can Thank Sanaa Lathan And Alien Carnage For Making Alien vs. Predator More Watchable Than Expected
Placement On Sight & Sound Top 50 Movies List: #34
Me and my love for classic silent movies have already had plenty of experiences with one Mr. Charlie Chaplin while the phenomenal motion picture Safety Last! allowed me the chance to be introduced to Harold Lloyd, another titan of this era of filmmaking. But despite my intense affection for this particular decade of movies, there's one major star from the age of classic silent movies that I have not been exposed to; the one and only Buster Keaton! Yep, somehow Keaton and his numerous massively influential features have passed me by over the year, though that changed for the better recently when I finally saw Keaton's 1926 feature The General!
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
SPOILERS FOR GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 AHEAD!!
When the original Guardians Of The Galaxy motion picture came out, multiple articles on The Dissolve surrounding the movie had comment sections that quickly turned into extended discussions on the film's virtues and what specific elements of the film really stood out to people. Plenty of memorable lines ('That was my favorite knife!") got brought up of course but one notable compliment has stuck out to me regarding the film in three years since its release. Disqus user Persia mentioned how Guardians Of The Galaxy really went all out in depicting the individuals characters vulnerabilities, particularly in a final scene depicting Rocket mourning the loss of his buddy Groot by sobbing over such an event. As Persia rightly pointed out, how many recent blockbusters depicted male protagonists outright bawling over tragic events?
In Space, No One Can Heart you Be Disappointed By A Forgettable Sci-Fi Horror Film Like Alien: Resurrection
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Monday, May 15, 2017
DOUGLAS LAMAN GETS A TUNE-UP
ENTRY #1: The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground and Nico
Douglas Laman Gets A Tune-Up is a new weekly series wherein Douglas Laman listens to an album of music he's never fully listened to before (though he may have heard one or two songs from it) and writes up his brief thoughts on it.