Thursday, September 28, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Monday, September 25, 2017
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Dethrones It From Top Of The Box Office While LEGO Ninjago Becomes Surprise Box Office Dud
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
I appreciate the Muppets on a much deeper level than you...), I'd somehow never seen the second ever feature-length Muppet movie, The Great Muppet Caper, until this very week. Please don't ask me, a guy who practically wore out his VHS tape of Muppets From Space and loved watching episodes of the first season of The Muppet Show while he was growing up, has somehow gone this long in his life without seeing this 1981 comedy, but that's finally been rectified and I'm pleased to say that the wait was most certainly worth it. The Great Muppet Caper is handily one of The Muppets strongest cinematic outings and a tremendous showcase for the kind of humor only these characters could do.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
It Once Again Tops The Box Office With Historic Numbers While American Assassin Hits So-So Numbers And Mother! Bombs
Mother! Is Mighty Interesting But Also Mightily Plagued By Pacing Problems (MASSIVE SPOILERS WITHIN)
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Comedies can engage with themes or characters as weighty or thoughtful as any drama, so it's always a pity to see crummy comedies, either from decades past or in modern times, that refuse to combine some depth into their yuks. The likes of The Great Dictator, Superbad and The Purple Rose of Cairo are able to skillfully weave in more thoughtful ideas with a healthy supply of yuks. Now, there's nothing wrong at all with being a comedy solely interested in generating laughs (just look at the likes of gut-bustingly funny films like Hot Rod or Wet Hot American Summer), but when you're a subpar comedy that fails to even pull off the most basic joke properly, one can't help but be reminded of how thematically ambitious the best comedies can be. The likes of dismal 2017 comedies such as Fist Fight, The House and Baywatch remind one just how thoroughly lacking in either substance or jokes supposed comedies can be while Alankrita Shrivastava's new comedy Lipstick Under My Burkha, conversely, is a wonderful reminder of just how well laughs and thoughtfulness go together.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Bottle Rocket while Darren Aronofsky entered feature-length filmmaking with his 1997 motion picture Pi, a film that certainly establishes a large number of the specific filmmaking traits many associate explicitly with Aronofsky to this very day.
A Million Ways To Die In The West.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Dunkirk two months back, thought to yourself "Wow, a whole movie about the Dunkirk evacuation! I wonder, are there any other recent movies covering that subject matter?" Turns out, there was another motion picture this year all about the Dunkirk evacuations, albeit Their Finest covers what happened after that massive evacuation effort. Specifically, it's about some British film executives wanting to create a film based on events from the Dunkirk evacuation that can help inspire the war-weary masses both in England and in countries abroad, specifically America.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
"Time's arrow marches ever forward"
This axiom gets repeated quite frequently throughout the fourth season of Bojack Horseman, a season of television that may just be the best season yet in an absolutely phenomenal program. It's obvious what it means (the future is unavoidable) but its recurring usage throughout the 12 episodes of Bojack Horseman's fourth season demonstrate how much the concept of time plays in the overall season. The past, the present and the future all collide frequently through Bojack Horseman's fourth season, resulting in storytelling that, even considering this shows meditative qualities, totally took me by surprise in the absolute best way possible.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
So, real quickly, it appears J.J. Abrams is in the bag to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, stepping in for Collin Trevorrow who departed the project last week over "Creative differences". The predominant rumor had been that Rian Johnson may stick around after The Last Jedi to help wrap up this trilogy, but nope, looks like J.J. Abrams is coming back to the fold. As a major fan of J.J. Abrams as a director (Super 8 is one of my favorite movies of 2011), I'm OK with this news but also kinda wishing we could have gotten someone a bit more bold and unexpected to help this forthcoming Star Wars movie.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Friday, September 8, 2017
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
I feel like if we took a public poll on whether or not there was a new Ring movie released earlier in 2017, not a single soul would be able to say "yes". 2017 has certainly felt like a year that's just stretched onward into forever with its nonstop torrential downpouring of misery, but I doubt people even remember this thing came out, let alone that Rings came out not as long ago as they might think. For this newest entry of the Ring saga, the attention turns to Julia (Matilda Lutz), whose boyfriend, Holt Anthony (Alex Roe), has gone off to college and left her. They keep their relationship going via Skype chats, but it ain't easy doing the whole long distance song-and-dance.
Back at the end of April, for the third year in a row, I typed up my predictions for what exactly would become the ten biggest movies of summer 2017 at the domestic box office. Here we are just after Labor Day and it's time to look at how my predictions fared against reality. Just one point to make before we go ahead; all but one of these movies listed below (Transformers: The Last Knight is the sole exception) are still in the middle of their box office runs, so the total domestic grosses listed below are projections based on their current box office standings.
Okee-dokee folks, let's get going at looking at the ten biggest movies of summer 2017 at the domestic box office!
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Monday, September 4, 2017
Sunday, September 3, 2017
Weak Labor Day Weekend Has Hitman's Bodyguard Ruling Box Office Yet Again And Inhumans & Tulip Fever Underwhelming
It was a meek Labor Day weekend as Summer 2017 came to an underwhelming close, though at least the holiday weekend meant the holdovers held better than expected. We got a lot of ground to cover, so let's do this. The Hitman's Bodyguard topped the box office for the third weekend in a row, making it only the second movie of 2017 (following The Fate Of The Furious) to do that. It only eased a tiny 0.2% to gross another $10.2 million, a phenomenal hold that is exceedingly better than what either of the two Expendables movies dipped over this same holiday weekend. With $54.9 million over 17 days, it appears Hitman's Bodyguard will likely end its domestic total between $70 and $75 million, a great sum for this $30 million budgeted feature.
Saturday, September 2, 2017
ENTRY #7: Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables by Dead Kennedys
Douglas Laman Gets A Tune-Up is a series of essays 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.