Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
As Smash Mouth once sang, "All that glitters is gold". And in the 19th century, people headed West in the great California gold rush in hopes of scoring a fortune that was located directly below your feet. Even once that gold rush died down, people fervently traveled across the globe to all kinds of biomes in hopes of obtaining financial prosperity beyond their wildest dreams. This concept of striking rich by way of gold was such a ubiquitous idea throughout the 19th century and early 20th century, it was inevitable that one of the most prolific filmmakers of the early 20th century would tackle it in one of his films.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
LEGO Batman Builds Up Another Victory At The Box Office As A Trio Of Newcomers Underperform Over President's Day Weekend
Well, it's President's Day weekend and a trio of newcomers failed to generate audience interest in a way that made this holiday weekend much weaker at the box office than it has been in the past few years despite the strong showings put up by some holdovers. Leading the pack was The LEGO Batman Movie, which built up another $34.2 million, which is a 35% dip from its opening weekend, a larger second weekend decline than past early February family fare like The LEGO Movie (28%) and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (27%) but is still a fine hold that brings its 10-day domestic total to $98.7 million, meaning it'll surpass $100 million domestically by tomorrow.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
With all of those formalities out of the way, let's start things off with the first part of my look at the 20 Best Movies Of 2016!
Placement On Sight & Sound 50 Best Movies List: #35 (tied with Metropolis, Jeanne Dielman 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles and Satantango)
SPOILERS FOR PSYCHO WITHIN
You'd think, for a guy as strongly associated with high quality horror/thriller fare like Alfred Hitchcock, the experience of discovering he's directed a top-to-bottom phenomenal movie wouldn't be the least bit surprising at this point. But good golly, the guy's done it again. Watching Psycho for the first time instilled in me a deep a sense of shock how this master of cinema had done it yet again. I could feel the glee spreading from my head to my toes as I watched each new scene of Psycho unfold, with that emotion stemming from me realizing that Hitchcock hadn't just knocked it out of the park here, he'd knocked it out our solar system!
Friday, February 17, 2017
Placement On Sight & Sound 50 Best Movies List: #7
Certain actors you tend to associate with specific types of movies. Matthew McConaughey, for instance, was the go-to romantic comedy guy for so long that that's what became known for while Adam Sandler was the proprietor of broad immature comedies. Perhaps no single actor is as directly tied to a genre they frequently inhabited as John Wayne is to the world of the Western. That no-nonsense attitude of his that always seemed to have a retort and a bullet ready to go for any situation seems to be the pop culture default for what many classify as a protagonist in a Western motion picture.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Placement On Sight & Sound 50 Best Movies List: #35 (Tied with Psycho, Satantango and Metropolis)
Part of the reason why I wanted to go through all 50 films on Sight & Sounds 50 Best Movies list was because I wanted to get a better grasp on world cinema and the various filmmakers behind some of the most acclaimed motion pictures of all-time. I may be a proud film geek, but there are too many blind spots in my cinema knowledge to count and getting through this list would be a great way to do just that. Plus, it would expose me to all kinds of movies made in a style that I was completely unfamiliar with, which, of course, is a way to segue into my newest review in this series, which covers the 1975 motion picture Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
In An Attempt To Boost Its Image, DC Films May Hire Noted Anti-Semite Mel Gibson To Direct Suicide Squad Sequel
The Hollywood Reporter brings word this evening that Daniel Espinosa is one candidate up to direct, with another one that Warner Bros. is actively seeking being....MEL GIBSON???