Saturday, October 31, 2015

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Review

Compared to its predominately Adam Sandler led Happy Madison brethren, the original Paul Blart: Mall Cop practically stands as a triumph. While it suffers from some of the faults of its kin (indistinct directing, a supporting cast not given proper depth, etc.), it's more jovial tone was a sharp contrast to the more mean-spirited tone of the likes of Jack & Jill and Grown Ups 2,  and it's plot (people are held hostage by bad guys in mall, Blart must stop them) had an actual cohesive structure to it.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Burnt Review

Bradley Coopers transition from character actor to leading man has been an interesting one, mainly because it's been interesting to watch how his typical personality (the assured, cocky scoundrel) is utilized in more layered motion pictures than Failure To Launch. Silver Linings Playbook brought Cooper to the field of commanding dramatic performances by making his phlegmatic personality be clashed against outbursts, with a similar sort of temperament surfacing again in 2013's American Hustle. Last years Guardians Of The Galaxy may have been the best dramatic use of Coopers disposition, with the seemingly endless bravado and snark of Rocket Raccoon hiding the characters relentless existential crisis.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

For Their Sake, Movie Studios Need To Start Releasing Their Dramas Outside Of October

It's no shocker why movie studios love the month of October as the opportune time to release their major dramatic motion pictures. Tons of films of that very nature have done gangbusters business in this time period (just in the last few years, Gone Girl, The Social Network and Argo excelled here), and these dramas can play as more low-key counterprogramming towards the larger scale releases in November. Plus, it ensures that a number of these films will, in theory, be easier for Oscar voters to remember when it comes time for those voters to figure out who should be nominated for Best Picture. But as this October has shown, unleashing an onslaught of dramas on the marketplace just leads to everyone underperforming.

Saw Review (Classic Write-Up)

For a good chunk of the first decade of the 21st century, Saw had a firm grip on the realm of horror in pop culture. It's immense success spawned a number of imitators in the "torture horror" niche, namely the Hostel and Collector franchises. Such a subgenre faded almost as soon as it arrived, with the far cheaper to execute (no pun intended) found footage and supernatural horror fare managing to be the scary king of the multiplex in the years since the franchise concluded. And despite how prominent the franchise was for six years, there's been surprisingly little clamor for it to be rebooted or return to theaters, with the only attempt to wring more cash out of the franchise in recent years, a 10th Anniversary theatrical re-release of this first Saw film, bombing spectacularly last year.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Jem And The Holograms Review

Man, has it been a good month for movies or what? Sicario, Steve Jobs, 99 Homes, Bridge Of Spies, just a top-notch line-up on modern day cinema. And then there's Jem And The Holograms. Going from those aforementioned high quality to the level of quality on full display in Jon M. Chu's latest movie is akin to enjoying a gourmet meal and then having someone violently shove 52 tons of expired Taco Bueno menu items down your throat. No, this movie is not good, in case that subtle metaphor didn't tip you off.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Adam Sandlers First Netflix Movie, The Ridiculous Six, Gets Its First Trailer

Netflix officially got into the motion picture business two Fridays back with Beasts Of No Nation, a critically praised feature which has been apparently viewed over 3 million times in North America alone. Their next foray into the world of cinema will be the start of their four movie deal with Adam Sandler, and the majority of the press over the first film, The Ridiculous Six, has been the abhorrent racism occurring towards Apache culture in the film causing several Native American actors and a cultural adviser to leave the project. Netflix is obviously hoping the conversation can now shift over to the movie itself with the release of the first trailer for The Ridiculous Six, which you can watch below.

Supergirl Series Premiere Review


After launching Green Arrow and The Flash to their own individual TV shows, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg have shifted their attention to getting a third DC Comics mainstay her own television program; Supergirl. While she's been a mainstay in a number of animated TV shows for years now, her live-action appearances have been limited to a recurring role on Smallville, her own 1984 solo feature film featuring Faye Dunaway and Peter O'Toole and a brief cameo in a segment in Movie 43 where she was played by Kristen Bell. Thanks to the massive marketing campaign they've given the show, it's fairly obvious that CBS hopes this new show will take her to the next level of pop culture recognition.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Steve Jobs Review

Now that I'm juuust old enough to put my younger years into a larger context, it strikes me that 2010 may have been one of the most formative cinematic years of my entire life. That specific period of 365 days brought out a number of important films that shaped me, including Toy Story 3, The Other Guys and the first Coen Brothers, Christopher Nolan and Edgar Wright films I saw on the big screen (hell, I could ramble on for hours on the personal importance of just Scott Pilgrim vs. The World!). Another film from that year that has cemented itself in my subconscious? The Social Network.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Crimson Peak Review

God bless Guillermo Del Toro. He's such a fascinating filmmaker, so obviously in love with the worlds he creates, it's endlessly charming. Also fun to see is how much variety there is in his filmography in terms of what genres he'll explore. Fantasy for Pan's Labyrinth, sci-fi for Pacific Rim, and now dramatic supernatural romantic period piece horror in Crimson Peak. That description may make the project sound like a hodgepodge of a creation, but don't fret, it's instead a delightful mixture that utilizes each of its distinct individual elements to their fullest potential.

A Truly Outrageously Bad Weekend Sees Several New Releases, Including Steve Jobs, Out-And-Out Bombing

Holy hell, what happened? No, really, what went haywire here? None of the movies opening in wide release this weekend were expected to hit the box office heights of 2015 hits like Avengers: Age of Ultron or Jurassic World, but good Lord, only one of the five newbies could even (barely) hit $10 million for the weekend. It was a pathetic weekend overall, but we got a lot of movies to go get through, so let's get on with it, shall we?

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Slither Review (Classic Write-Up)

The single most important question you must ask yourself prior to watching Slither is the age old inquiry "Do I want to watch an extremely gory movie where extraterrestrial mind-controlling slugs lay waste to a small Southern town?" If so, well, Slither should more than satisfy, as it excels as not only living up to all the gross-out potential premise, but also in having some well-written characters and examples of strong acting from the likes of Nathan Fillion and Elizabeth Banks.

Friday, October 23, 2015

"Guess The Wolf's Out Of The Bag": Journey Into Twilight: Part Two

"Now what?" must have been a phrase on the minds of everyone involved in the first Twilight movie, as its far larger than expected box office proved that there was a massive audience for this property more than willing to shell out cash to watch an immortal murderer make goo-goo eyes at a woman nine decades younger than him. Well, there were four of these Twilight books, I guess it's time to get a move on getting those follow-ups made as films.

Learn What's Inside The Head Of Jessica Jones With This New Trailer

After more than a month of teasers (really well-crafted ones at that, so simple but so effective at conveying a unique tone and being memorable), a full trailer for Jessica Jones, the newest TV show from Marvel/Netflix, has been released. Check it out below!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

This Deleted Scene From Jurassic World Is One Big Pile Of....Well, Y'Know

Last night, a deleted scene from Jurassic World began to take the internet by storm, and it's not hard to see why. This wasn't just a bunch of sites dedicated to cinema using the title of the biggest movie of 2015 to generate more pageviews, this was a scene omitted from the final cut from Jurassic World so utterly bizarre I can't imagine what compelled the four screenwriters attached to the movie (among them the features director Collin Trevorrow) to ever think it belonged in this thing.

The scene in question has been taken off of YouTube, but basically, it depicts Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen (Chris Pratt) after they've set off to find Claire's nephews who are lost in the park. In order to avoid detection by the various dinos (some of which like to munch on humans), Owen suggests that he and Claire smear dinosaur feces on their bodies. While Owen simply gets some of the stuff on his arms, Claire covers her legs and chest in droppings. Her applying the stuff to her body is depicted in the same fashion lotion commercials depict women rubbing lotion on their various body parts i.e. in a manner that's meant to be alluring.

Continuing the tradition of the Jurassic Park films having at least one scene dedicated to dinosaur droppings (only The Lost World: Jurassic Park bucked this trend, though the rest of the movie was crappy enough to make up for that omission), this scene seems like one that would have sent the movies intense tone careening off into oblivion as well as continuing the entire features troubling gender politics. Claire can't just rub the crap (literally!) onto her arms like Owen, she has to do it in a weirdly seductive manner. It also appears like this scene attempts to establish the first time where Owen begins to rekindle his romantic feelings for Claire, and I'm not quite sure if this is worse than the way the final cut of Jurassic World handled the duos relationship, which culminated in a Man Of Steel-esque kiss while innocent civilians are being plucked by pterodactyls.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Review (Classic Write-Up)

No one involved with Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides gave two shits about it. Normally, I'd refrain from engaging in the fallacy known as hasty generalization, but here, it's impossible to escape the deafening lack of vigor on display in everything from the acting, plot, action sequences, hell, even Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow (so entertaining even in the weakest parts of Dead Man's Chest) feels more often than not tired in this particular adventure, which is not the sort of impression you want your zany and unpredictable leading man to convey.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Bridge Of Spies Review

It's interesting to compare this summer's biggest film Jurassic World to its predecessor Jurassic Park, especially since it reveals the finer intricacies that make that 1993 motion picture such an involving feature. Not only does Steven Spielberg have a better eye for spectacle than Collin Trevorrow and his blue-soaked visuals (the T-Rex's entrance alone is a master course in pacing), but there's a brain on that movies shoulders, a cerebral streak that makes the world that characters like Alan Grant and Ellie Satler inhabit all the more enriching. Hell, that scene where John Hammond waxes poetic to Satler on why he wanted to make Jurassic Park in the first place over a dish of ice cream is one of the best moments in the entire film.

Final Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Is Here!

And lo and behold, the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is here.
I imagine J.J. Abrams just hovering over the trailer editor, rubbing his little hands together and cackling "LESS FOOTAGE!! LESS FOOTAGE!! THE MYSTERY BOX MUST BE PRESERVED!" And, truth be told, that feels like a mighty fine approach for this movies marketing. It feels awesome that in two months one of the biggest movies of all-time launches, and yet, 59 days from its release, we know zilch about it in terms of the features overall plot.

But what we do know is that this thing has some beautiful sets and shots, holy hell. This looks like a magnificently crafted film when it comes to its numerous technical aspects (costumes, sets, etc.), with that opening shot of Rey (Daisy Ridley) waltzing around an abandoned spaceship alone giving me shivers. And oh my God, Harrison Ford looks awesome as Han Solo. Is he actually emoting? Good for him! Plus, Oscar Isaac looks to be in trouble, poor Finn (John Boyega) is trying to hold his own in a lightsaber fight against Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and our first look at Leia (Carrie Fisher)!

I don't think there really needed to be any marketing to get everyone to go see a new Star Wars movie, but goddamn if this new trailer and its marketing forefathers haven't done the trick.

Monday, October 19, 2015

"You Better Hold On Tight Spider-Monkey": Journey Into Twilight: Part One

In the four years it existed as a film franchise, The Twilight Saga garnered a tidal wave of hatred, the kind reserved for the level of subpar cinema occupied by the likes of Disaster Movie and God's Not Dead. Rare was the joke in this era that didn't use the tale of Bella and Edward as a punchline, but was such a response solely due to them being bad movies? After all, bad blockbusters like Transformers are reviled, but they don't receive the sort of drubbing down that Twilight got, to the point where anyone who enjoyed the films was labeled as nothing short of a dimwit or a heathen.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Goosebumps Sends Shivers Across The Box Office. Also; Crimson Peak? More Like Crimson Meek (Box Office)

Goosebumps was numero uno at the box office this weekend, grossing a decent $23.5 million in its opening weekend. That's a solid number for the book adaptation, though putting it below the opening weekends of other movies of its ilk (Ender's Game opened to $27 million for instance and this opening was about on the same level as the $23.2 million debut of Eragon from ten years ago). This one should perform well over the next two weeks considering how well timed it is to Halloween, though The Peanuts Movie will likely demolish it in its fourth weekend.

Of Nerds, Women, Prizes And Lazy Storytelling Tropes (Or: The Unexpected Vices Of Ignorant Screenwriting)

Towards the end of the motion picture Goosebumps, my least favorite character in the entire motion picture, Champ (Ryan Lee), gets around five minutes of screentime entirely devoted to him taking down The Werewolf Of Fever Swamp via fatally biting the beast with the help of his silver fillings. Why is a character depicted in the film as a walking/talking embodiment of the conventional nerd suddenly showing such bravado in combat? It's simple really; The Werewolf Of Fever Swamp is attacking Taylor (Halston Sage), a popular girl at the school who gets two lines of dialogue and no distinct personality to speak of before she makes out with Champ.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Goosebumps Review

Debuting in 1992, the 62 Goosebumps books written by R.L. Stine over a five year span were some of the most influential of all literature in that era, delivering thrills for younger readers to enormous sales numbers. After the original series concluded with Monster Blood IV (which seems to be a hard book to come by given the $25 price tag a used copy of the novel goes for on Amazon), the series endured into the 21st century with Goosebumps 2000 and Goosebumps HorrorLand keeping Stine and his scary creations alive and well in the pop culture consensus.

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Evil Dead Review (Classic Write-Up)

All then-newbie director Sam Raimi wanted to do was make a horror movie. Teaming up with long-time friend Bruce Campbell, who would play the lead character in this prospective feature, Raimi dived into making this project, armed with a minuscule budget (which primarily came from donations from numerous individuals and family members Raimi and Campbell were familiar with) and a script chock full of grisly violence. The result? Well, judging by the immense influence The Evil Dead has had on cinematic horrors in the 30+ years since its initial release, I'd say they might have done something right in their endeavor.

Goosebumps And Crimson Peak Blaze Uncertain Box Office Trails On Thursday Night

This weeks three new wide releases got their box office runs started last night, though it's hard to use their Thursday night numbers to foretell how exactly the films will do in the coming weekend for a variety of reasons. The largest of last nights performances was Crimson Peak, which grossed $855 thousand in Thursday night screenings. That's about 14% below the Thursday night grosses for Universal Studios most recent previous horror film The Visit, which grossed $1 million at these showings last month. It's likely Guillermo Del Toro's fanbase came out to see it last night, potentially making the film have a frontloaded weekend, though it's still too early to tell if that'll come to pass.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Cobbler Review

It wouldn't be shocking if the high concept premise of The Cobbler had been the story for a late 90's-early 2000's comedy starring Jim Carrey in the fashion of Liar, Liar or Bruce Almighty. Instead, it's the plot for not just easily the lowest grossing feature of Adam Sandler's career, but also a film that had the most anemic box office career of any movie in 2015 (it grossed under $25,000 domestically in an extremely limited theatrical release). Adding insult to injury, the motion picture was savaged by critics, and after finally seeing this infamous entity, I can now add my voice to the chorus of dissatisfaction The Cobbler has garnered.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End Review (Classic Write-Up)

And so, we come to the end of the original Pirates Of The Caribbean trilogy, with At World's End closing out the four year long tale of Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Elizabeth least until Disney decided to go back this world for the dire fourth movie. By contrast to the second movie being far worse than I remembered it being, this third entry in the saga is surprisingly much better than I remember it being, even if it still suffers from an overly convoluted structure that the second film similarly struggled with.

99 Homes Review

Michael Shannon is a top-caliber actor that, for my money, does not get enough praise for his acting accomplishments in his career. Here's a dude who has mastered the art of intense acting, but he always manages to bring a new angle to this type of performance. In Revolutionary Road, for instance, he has his intensity stem from indignation from those around him, whilst the David Koepp bicycle action film Premium Rush has him become one helluva hostile individual due to overwhelming desperation.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Film On The Television (10/12/2015): Scooby-Doo on HBO Family

In that bygone era of 2002, the novelty of beloved cartoon characters existing in our world via a mixture of live-action and CGI was as pure as America's love for Freddie Prinze Jr. Thus, it comes as no shock that Scooby-Doo, which brought that Great Dane to the "real world", proved to be a huge box office success. Co-starring Buffy The Vampie Slayer, Laura Barton and Mr. Bean, the movie proved to be a dream come true for Warner Bros. stockholders and a nightmare-inducer for children everywhere. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

He Named Me Malala Review

Bravery comes in many forms, and one such way that bravery has come into our world is by the existence of Malala Yousafzai, an activist for human rights as well as promoting the importance of women obtaining education. Her inspiring work has sent shockwaves across the planet, and the documentary He Named Me Malala examines the ups and downs of her life, both as an advocate for numerous human rights causes and in her own personal struggles.

Goosebumps Virtual Reality Adventure Is Technologocially Advanced But Also Too Hyperactive For Its Own Good

Yesterday, I lost my virtual reality virginity after hearing about the technology for years on end. Having never tried these virtual reality headsets before (I have watched 360 degree videos on YouTube allowing for the impression of virtual reality) before, I decided the Goosebumps Virtual Reality Adventure (which can only be found in 13 theaters in the US and Canada) was the perfect way to dive into this realm of storytelling, which Hollywood is determined to utilize (Disney, Annapurna Pictures and 20th Century Fox have made deals to make content for various virtrual reality companies).

The Martian Remains In Orbit At The Top Of The Box Office While Pan Gets Hooked Off The Box Office Stage

Mark Watney (Matt Damon) has become a botanist, grown potatoes on Mars and now has starred in the biggest movie in America for two straight weeks. Yep, The Martian led the box office again, grossing an impressive $37 million for the frame, which is the sixth best second weekend for a 2015 feature. That's only a 32% dip from last weekend, a larger drop than the 22% dip experienced by Gravity in its second frame, but much better than the 40% drop Interstellar had in its second go-around.

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Future Has Arrived In The First Trailer For Hail Caesar!

Alright, let's just get past the introduction folks, I know what you wanna see. Behold, the first trailer for the next film from Ethan and Joel Coen, Hail Caesar!

Pan Review

Perhaps the worst thing about Pan is how even its own flaws aren't notable enough to warrant fiery indignation or scorn. Oh it's got an immeasurable amount of foibles in everything from plot structure to acting, but it's hard for me to work up any sort of extreme rage or disappointment towards this particular project. This is a film whose story is written and executed in such a perfunctory manner that I'm surprised an actual human being oversaw this entire production. It feels more like a sterile machine just organized the various pieces into place hoping to strike up a newfound franchise in the process.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Review (Classic Write-Up)

Just as the excellent Marvel Cinematic Universe has spawned wannabe imitators like The Amazing Spider-Man "saga" and a Transformers universe that promises to deliver new Autobot adventures into the next decade, the massive success of The Lord Of The Rings and the Star Wars prequels at the dawn of the 21st century gave birth to the trend of studios hoping to wring "epic trilogies" out of their most popular films. Various well-liked movies began to get stretched into grand sagas to rival that of Frodo Baggins or Luke Sykwalker, the star of another well-know and profitable trilogy that provided further inspiration for this rush of creating trilogies in a post-Lord of The Rings world.

Ant-Man 2 Confirmed For 2018 As The Marvel Cinematic Universe Updates Its Release Schedule!

I was pretty certain we'd get an Ant-Man 2 sometime down the road, but I was thinking they'd hold off on such a project until after the Avengers: Infinity War project was completed. After all, both of those movies will almost certainly feature Ant-Man, and his presence in those two films (as well as next year's Captain America: Civil War) could boost his profile significantly, leading to his solo movies performing at higher levels of box office, just like how Captain America, Iron Man and Thor's post-Avengers solo outings did far better business than they're pre-Avengers entries.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Terminator Franchise Takes A Cue From Karate Girl Foe Ferruh By Refusing To Die

After Terminator: Genisys went bust at the box office this past summer (it managed to sell fewer tickets than the 1984 Terminator film domestically), it's no shocker that the Chief Creative Officer at Skydance (the production house that was responsible for this newest Terminator film), Dana Goldberg, attempted to put a happy face on the whole debacle. She confirmed that Skydance was going forth on their effort to create a universe of Terminator related media. It seems to have been forgotten as Genisys came out, but the initial deal with Skydance and Terminator included not only a trilogy of new films, but also a TV show chronicling young Sarah Connor growing up with the Terminator sent back in time to protect her.

Film On The Television (10/7/2015): No Country For Old Men on Starz Edge

Many winners of the Best Picture Oscars see their reputations plummet after receiving such a prestigious award. The likes of Shakespeare In Love, Crash and A Beautiful Mind have become punchlines in the years since due to their being deemed the "unworthy" Best Picture winners by many pundits. One film that's managed to avoid such a fate (an impressive feat due to how much good cinema was released in 2007) is No Country For Old Men, a Coen Brothers effort that's overflowing with taut sequences of expertly crafted tension.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl Review (Classic Write-Up)

They said it couldn't be done. A live-action pirate movie in this day and age, and based on a theme park ride to boot?? Disney might as well be burning all the cash they were tossing into the production! It didn't help that the year prior to the release Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2002 to be precise), Disney released two box office bombs that seemed to be precursors to Pirates walking the plank at the box office. The Country Bears was based on a Disney theme park attraction as well as a box office bomb, while the underrated gem Treasure Planet seemed to reinforce the notion that pirates were box office poison, pure and simple.

Sam Elliot As A T-Rex Wanders Into The Final Trailer For The Good Dinosaur

If 20th Century Fox tends to advertise their family films in a hyperactive manner that tries to toss in as many references to modern pop culture as possible (the perfect proof of this is the placement of DJ Khaled's All I Do Is Win in the trailer for a freaking Charlie Brown movie), it seems Disney has decided to market the animated features from Walt Disney Animation Studios and PIXAR in a manner that allows them to embrace the fact that a number of the films from both studios are known to generate "feels". Notice how the trailers for Big Hero 6 and Inside Out had action and humor a-plenty, but also didn't shy away from displaying the more heart-tugging moments of the proceedings.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Sicario Review

There are no easy answers to be found in Sicario and its examination of the War On Drugs, and believe you me, that's a good thing. It's lack of providing a concrete solution to this real life epidemic doesn't stem from a screenplay uninterested in providing a suitable resolution to its story. No, it's a symptom of the films bleak aesthetic depicting the ceaseless violence that's emerging from this conflict. There are no winners here, only people who miraculously survive one more day to continue the fight.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Martian Blasts Off At The Box Office While The Walk Stumbles

While Matt Damon was stranded on Mars, everyone seemed to be stranded at the movies this weekend, as The Martian did exceptional record-breaking business and holdovers like Hotel Transylvania 2, Sicario and The Intern also drew great business. Of course, the biggest of all releases this weekend was The Martian, scoring a $55 million opening weekend that makes it the second biggest opening of all-time in October (it may overtake the current October opening weekend record-holder Gravity and its $55.7 million opening if it outperforms box office estimates). With the feature drawing excellent word-of-mouth, it should have no problem sticking around at the box office for weeks to come.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Martian Review

Just before Mark Watney (Matt Damon) attempts to grow some food on the surface of Mars (the planet where he's been inadvertently stranded), he makes a video log where he declares that the planet "...will soon fear [his] botany skills". Some rock music follows that line immediately as he walks to a crate carrying human excrement that he'll use as soil for his crops. It's a moment that sounds preposterous when I describe it, but given how well the film, even this early on in the running time, has developed Mark as a protagonist more than worth rooting for, this potentially ludicrous occurrence instead becomes exceedingly exciting.

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Duke Of Burgundy Review

Before the introduction of sound (first via an in-house band and then by pre-recorded music), film was a purely visual medium, and its reliance on imagery continues today, with numerous filmmakers (namely the likes of Terrence Malick) primarily use the art of visuals to advance their plots instead of relying on dialogue. Words are spoken in The Duke Of Burgundy, it isn't quite a silent film, but there are entire sequences where the art of speaking is tossed aside for purely visual storytelling.

65 Years Ago Today, Peanuts Debuted And Changed Both Comic Strips And The World Forever

Growing up, I absolutely loved pop culture (shocking, right?), but it was hard to discover pieces of media that really spoke to me, that really understood what I was going through. Being bestowed with Asperger's Syndrome from birth seemed to leave me at a disadvantage at every turn, especially in the realm of social activities. Looking for refugee in films, TV shows and books, it was near impossible to find something that resonated with what I was going for. Oh, it was typical to see characters experience bullying, but most of the time, there was a neat & conclusion involving either competence for the antagonistic characters, or more likely, the bully and the bullied character becoming friends.

Thursday Night Numbers Indicate Strong Opening Weekend For The Martian

Anticipation for The Martian has been high for a while now, ever since that first teaser lifted off and grabbed everyone's attention. It looks like all systems are go for the movie, as it just made $2.5 million last night at Thursday night screenings. That's up a whopping 76% from the $1.4 million Gravity made in its Thursday night showings, while also being 28% below the $3.5 million earned by Interstellar in those specific screenings.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Nightmare On Elm Street Review (Classic Write-Up)

To waltz through the human brain is to find a sprawling landscape of contradictions, mysteries and quandaries. The realm that is our own minds is such an important entity in our lives, retaining our own memories and desires throughout the ages, that it's no shocker that films for years have utilized it as the basis for all sorts of storylines. Just this year, Pete Doctor spun the inner workings of the human psyche into Inside Out, one of the largest American animated movies of all-time.