|This image of Jake Gyllenhaal on the set of Okja will be my new go-to image of Jake Gyllenhaal for any occasion|
Welcome to Land of The Nerds, where I, Lisa Laman, use my love of cinema to explore, review and talk about every genre of film imaginable!
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Trailers For New David Ayer And Bong Joon-Ho Movies Give A Peek Into Netflix's Ambitious 2017 Movies Slate
Monday, February 27, 2017
Believe The Hype Folks, Get Out Is Sublime Horror Movie Cinema
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Labels: Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Daniel Kaluuya, February 2017, Get Out, Horror, Horror Movie, Jordan Peele, Lil Rey Howery, Movie Review, Race, Stephen Root, Toby Oliver
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Get Out Has Scarily Good Opening Weekend While Rock Dog Gets Put To Sleep And Collide Gets Its Brakes Cut
A Father And Child Reunion Is More Than A Motion Away In Late Spring
Sight & Sound Voyage Entry #10
Placement On Sight & Sound 50 Best Movies List: #15
Both Late Spring and Tokyo Story are the first Yasujiro Ozu movies I've ever seen, and if they're any indication, the concepts of family and mortality loom large in his productions. Ozu seems quite fascinated at contemplating how the finite time we have on this Earth impacts the way we interact with our loved ones, especially since the realization of us all having only so much time to live is likely to be more prevalent on the minds of older individuals compared to their younger relatives. Whereas Tokyo Story was about coming to terms with death as it occurs, the story of Late Spring is more concerned with preparing for that kind of possibility.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Douglas Laman's 20 Best Movies Of 2016 (Part Two)
Let's start this off with...
And Now Warner Bros. Has Put A Nightwing Movie Into Development
Thursday, February 23, 2017
The End Is Nigh In The Engrossing Apocalypse Now
Placement On Sight & Sound 50 Best Movies List: #14
Every single war in human history is a brutal affair from which no participant in it comes away unscathed. But the Vietnam War took on a whole other life of its own that made it a particularly gruesome affair. New innovations in cameras and TV news allowed people to see grisly first-hand footage directly from the battlefield, once that footage was actually allowed to be aired on TV that is. People were getting an up-close glimpse at the harshness of war for the first time and the fact that the Vietnam war ended in a loss for America only added a further layer of tragedy to what was already a cataclysmic affair.
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Labels: 1979, Apocalypse Now, August 1979, Classic Write-Up, February 2017, Francis Ford Coppola, Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Movie Review, Robert Duvall, Sight & Sound Voyage, Vietnam War
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Martin Scorsese's Next Film Is Going To Netflix!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Someone Find A Remedy For The Story Problems That Plague A Cure For Wellness
Silent Movie Laughs Are Plentiful In The Fantastic Charlie Chaplin Effort The Gold Rush
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
Go On A Thoughtful & Beautiful Journey Out To Sea With The Red Turtle
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
Douglas Laman's 20 Best Movies Of 2016 (Part One)
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!
Fist Fight Is About As Painful As A Punch In The Face
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Labels: Charlie Day, Christina Hendricks, Dean Norris, February 2017, Fist Fight, Ice Cube, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Jillian Bell, Kumail Nanjiani, Movie Review, N.W.A., Spongebob Squarepants, Teachers
Psycho Is Every Bit As Engrossing As You've Heard And Then Some
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
Giddy On Up With The Searchers
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
Let's All Go Pay A Visit To (Deep Breath) Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
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???
I'll Cast A Vote For The American President And Its Charming Romance
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Realism And Scripted Recreations Collide In Close-Up
There Aren't Enough Words To Describe The Virtues Of The Phenomenal The Elephant Man
Monday, February 13, 2017
What Lies Beneath Review
"DARKNESS!" and "NO PARENTS!!" Inform The Incredibly Fun LEGO Batman Movie
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Looking For An Action Movie Sequel With Fun To Spare? John Wick: Chapter 2 Is Just What You've Been Looking For!
The LEGO Batman Movie Edges Out Fifty Shades For Top Spot At Box Office While John Wick 2 Hits A Bullseye
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Don't Expect Salvation For The Terminator Franchise In Terminator: Salvation
Friday, February 10, 2017
Pierrot le Fou Review
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Justice League Dark Is Scarily Forgettable Fare
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Yuks Are Found By Juxtaposing Perfect Surroundings With Imperfect People In Playtime
The LEGO Ninjago Movie Trailer Has Some Serious Daddy Issues
Terminator 3 Is A Derivative Disaster That Ended Up Being The Worst Movie In The Franchise
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
The Battle Of Algiers Is A Grim Look At The Enduring Nature Of A Resistance
Monday, February 6, 2017
A Look At The Box Office Prospects Of March 2017's Numerous Blockbusters
There's Something Strange Afoot On Shutter Island
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Labels: Ben Kingsley, Classic Write-Up, February 2010, February 2017, Jackie Earl Haley, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Martin Scorsese, Max Von Sydow, Movie Reviews, Shutter Island
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Split Wins At The Box Office For The Third Weekend In A Row As Rings And Space Between Us Collapse
Fellow horror film Rings scared up few viewers in its opening weekend, grossing only $13 million, notably beneath the opening weekends of its two predecessors that debuted over a decade ago. Both of the two new releases that opened up in over 1,000 theaters this weekend have gone through numerous release date shuffles and it's apparent Paramount Pictures just didn't know what to do with Rings considering it originally slated for it to be released all the way back in November 2015. Now it's just gonna come and go without a trace and likely lose some money in the process given it's oddly high budget of $25 million.
A Dog's Purpose fetched another $10.8 million, a 40% drop from last weekend, as it brought its domestic cume up to $32.9 million. This one will lose a lot of family viewers to The LEGO Batman Movie next weekend but it should still end its domestic run in the neighborhood of $55-60 million, a solid cume. Hidden Figures continues to be a stand-out performer at the box office, dipping only 28% to gross another $10.1 million, bringing its domestic cume to a fantastic $119.4 million. I'm actually gonna say right now this one will end up crossing $150 million domestically which would be a phenomenal feat for this low-budget drama. And rounding out the top five was La La Land, which grossed another $7.4 million, down 39% from last weekend, and brought its total domestic gross to $118.3 million
A big second-weekend plummet greeted Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which collapsed to the tune of 67% to gross another $4.5 million and bringing its domestic cume to $21.8 million. Coming off its numerous high profile Oscar nods, Lion expanded into 1,405 locations and grossed a solid $4 million, bringing its domestic total to $24.7 million. This one may just end up making a run for as high as $45 million domestically, a big win for both film and the studio behind it, The Weinstein Company, who've been needing a sleeper hit like this one for awhile now.
After shuffling out around the release calendar multiple different times, STX Entertainment had hoped The Space Between Us would soar in an early February slot. Instead, the movie had the distributor's lowest-grossing wide release opening weekend ever, grossing only $3.8 million. That's also the eleventh worst opening weekend ever for a movie debuting in over 2,500 theaters, so the news is bad all around for this one. Expect Space Between Us to vanish quickly from theaters and it's guaranteed to close its domestic run below $10 million.
Xander Cage rounded out the top ten with his newest movie, xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage, which grossed $3.7 million (a 57% plummet from last weekend) and has now grossed $40 million. The Founder continued to show solid legs at the box office, grossing another $1.5 million, a 42% decrease from last weekend, bringing it up to $9.9 million domestically. In its second frame, Gold withered away, going down 58% to gross another $1.4 million. This Matthew McConaughey movie has grossed only $6.6 million in ten days.
Debuting in 848 locations this weekend was The Comedian, only the second title ever from Sony Pictures Classics to open in wide release. It had the biggest opening weekend ever for the studio, but its $1.1 million bow was still mighty disappointing and was the worst wide release opening weekend ever for Robert DeNiro. On the other hand, Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro got off to a strong start, grossing $709,500 at 43 locations, the fourth biggest opening weekend ever for Magnolia Pictures and the twenty-seventh biggest opening weekend ever for a documentary.
The Top 12 movies at the domestic box office this weekend grossed a total of $81.1 million, slightly below average in terms of the usual top 12 box office cumes past Super Bowl weekends have delivered.
Paterson Is A Splendidly Gentle Tribute To Everyday People
Terminator 2 Is Just Non-Stop Thrills And Fun
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Political Ups And (Especially) Downs Are Chronicled In The Gripping Documentary Weiner
Friday, February 3, 2017
In The Mood For Love Has Style To Spare, But Its Character Don't Quite Sparkle
Disney Byways: THE COUNTRY BEARS
Hollywood loves to create imitations of what's successful. This has been true for decades upon decades, so it might strike some as puzzling that Disney has actually done only two movies based on their theme park attractions (The Haunted Mansion and Tomorrowland) ever since those Pirates Of The Caribbean movies took off like a flash. While we sometimes hear rumblings of a Jungle Cruise movie (they've been trying to get that made for over a decade now) or Guillermo Del Toro's Haunted Mansion project, Disney seems to be in no rush to do a bevy of motion pictures based on their universally beloved theme park attractions.
Good Night, And Good Luck Review
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Indignation Has Some Great Acting But Feels Slight
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Beetlejuice Was Early Tim Burton That Went Full-On Strange To Mostly Endearing Results
Note About Future Reviews: Welcome To The Sight & Sound Voyage!
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
The Searchers (1956)
Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Late Spring (1949)
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
The Godfather (1972)
In the Mood for Love (2000)
Andrei Rublev (1966)
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
The Godfather Part II (1974)
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
The General (1926)
Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
La Dolce Vita (1960)
Journey to Italy (1954)
Pierrot le Fou (1965)
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
Histoire(s) du cinéma (1988-1998)
Ugetsu Monogatari (1953)
As you can see, I have lots of movies to watch! These won't be the only movies I'll be watching; there's plenty of classic movies not on this list that I've rented from the library that I shall be viewing and then promptly reviewing and I'll still be covering theatrically released new motion pictures. However, this new series of reviews shall help expand my scope of cinema thusly and I hope you'll be joining me for the adventure!
A Great Cast And Thoughtful Story Make Don't Think Twice A Riot
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