Classic Write-Up Reviews! I managed to catch up on a lot of iconic movies in 2018 and keeping that in mind, I decided to close out 2018 with my Top Twelve Cinematic Discoveries of 2018, which serves as a look back at my twelve favorite classic movies that I watched for the first time in 2018! Like my lists looking at the best new movies in a given year, I sort these movies in alphabetical order, though I did reverse the order of the last two movies on this list just so I could close out this piece on an upbeat note!
OK folks, let's count down the remaining seconds of 2018 by looking at my Top Twelve Cinematic Discovers of 2018! But first...an honorable mention...
Monday, December 31, 2018
Sunday, December 30, 2018
The Final Box Office Weekend of 2018 See's Aquaman Reigning Supreme, Mary Poppins Rebounding And Holmes & Watson Without A Clue
Saturday, December 29, 2018
coming from genuine real-life people despite early reports to the contrary) centered around the movie popping up everywhere and Netflix bragging about their record-breaking viewership numbers for the film. Well, I guess since the internet is now so abuzz with so much talk regarding Susanne Brier's new movie Bird Box, I suppose now is the time for me to pen down my thoughts on the motion picture, which I never could have imagined generating so much widespread conversation, for good and for ill.
Vice Is A Sprawling Saga of Corruption That Kind of Works (Surprisingly Well, In Fact) In Spite of Its Worst Elements
Friday, December 28, 2018
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Welcome to Marwen Is Too Enamored With Empty CGI Spectacle To Go Beyond The Valley, Er, Town Of The Dolls
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Aquaman Comes To Shore With $67 Million Bow As Competing Family Movies Bumblebee & Mary Poppins Underperform On Opening Weekends
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Thursday, December 20, 2018
"Outrageous!" portrayal in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Much to my delight, James Wan's Aquaman movie decides to eschew constantly apologizing for the weirdness of the character and his world and just embraces all the high-concept underwater absurdity that Aquaman could possibly get into, a choice worthy of a mighty Jason Momoa delivered "YEAH!".
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
In Laman's Terms: How Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Captures Intimate Parts Of The LGBTQA+ Experience
SPOILERS FOR SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE FOLLOW!
"And whenever I feel alone, like no one else knows what I'm going through, I'll remember my friends that do." - Miles Morales reflecting on his new Spider-hero friends.
None of our identities are shaped in a vacuum. Frequently without even realizing it, external factors help shape who we are as a person Just ask Miles Morales, a Marvel comics superhero who's also the star of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, one of the best movies of 2018. The films central story involves all kinds of delightfully over-the-top elements ranging from alternate universes to gigantic goblins to a pig superhero but at the base of it all is the intimate story of a boy growing into and embracing his identity as a Spider-Man like no other. It's a touching tale that garners extra levels of poignancy because of how well it works as an allegory for the experience of growing up as a member of the LGBTQA+ community.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Roma Is A Showcase For Impressive Camerawork And A Similarly Superb Performance From Yalitza Aparicio
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Launches Holiday Season Box Office In Style While The Mule Has Solid Bow And Mortal Engines Falls Into A Ditch
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Friday, December 14, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Monday, December 10, 2018
The Rider Masterfully Channels Reality To Contemplate How We Define Ourselves Against Societal Expectations
Sunday, December 9, 2018
|I've already done Ralph Breaks The Internet header images for two weekends in a row, how about a Creech header image to shake things up?|
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Akira Kurosawa Laid The Groundwork For Inspirational Sports Movies With His Directorial Debut Sanshiro Sugata
Friday, December 7, 2018
Andy Serkis may have not planned to fixate his entire career around motion-capture performances but after portraying acclaimed characters like Gollum, Caesar and the 2005 version of King Kong, he's embraced it, to the point that not only has he founded a studio dedicated to this artform but his second directorial effort (following the dreadful biopic drama Breathe) is primarily centered around characters brought to life by the motion-capture process. What project would call for so many characters of this nature? Why, a new big-screen adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book of course, though this time around it's called Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle as an obvious homage to the classic fantasy adventure King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Monday, December 3, 2018
fifth year in a row, I'll be predicting the opening weekend and final domestic grosses for the assorted movies opening in wide release throughout December. One quick note before we begin; there are currently no set release dates for wide release expansions for limited release titles like The Favourite or Mary, Queen of Scots that'll almost certainly go into wide release during December. Thus, no box office predictions will be offered for such titles.
OK, let's begin this tradition with the lone new wide release of this coming weekend....
OK, let's begin this tradition with the lone new wide release of this coming weekend....
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Psychokinesis Makes For A Great (Allegedly) First Foray Into Superhero Movies For South Korean Cinema
Russain blockbuster Guardians, which features a dude who transforms into a giant bear. One of this year's newest example of a foreign superhero movie was Psychokinesis, the newest film from Train to Busan director Yeon Sang-ho and a movie that has been called the first South Korean superhero movie (I have my doubts about that).
Audiences Log Back On To Ralph Breaks The Internet While The Possession of Hannah Grace Has Meek Debut
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Friday, November 30, 2018
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Monday, November 26, 2018
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Ralph Breaks The Internet And, Along With Creed II, The Domestic Box Office Over A Busy Thanksgiving Box Office
Remember those TV spots for Saw sequels that proclaimed "If it's Halloween, it must be Saw"? Well, Disney should start doing something similar by having TV spots for their Thanksgiving animated fare that proclaim "If it's Thanksgiving, it must be time for an animated movie blockbuster from Disney." The studios tradition of releasing box office hits (and also The Good Dinosaur) over the holiday timeframe continued on with Ralph Breaks The Internet, which grossed $55.6 million over the weekend, the third-best three-day Thanksgiving opening weekend in history behind fellow Disney Animation titles Moana ($56.6 million) and Frozen ($67.3 million). That opening weekend is a 15% improvement over the opening weekend of its predecessor despite Ralph Breaks The Internet burning off demand with a Wednesday lunch unlike the original Wreck-It Ralph which bowed on a Friday.
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Friday, November 23, 2018
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Bear in the Big Blue House or Johnny Carson, there comes a time when you must say goodbye. Whether it's because the general public has gotten tired of you, by your own choice or other external circumstances, there comes a moment when all pop culture figures must take their final bows and walk off gracefully into the sunset. This was true even for a cinematic icon like Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp character, who had been entertaining audiences for more than two decades since he first premiered in the 1914 short film Twenty Minutes of Love. Yes, even The Tramp couldn't last forever and so the character went out with a bang with the 1936 movie Modern Times.
Monday, November 19, 2018
John Turturro, The Coen Brothers And Especially John Goodman Are All In Top-Notch Form In Barton Fink
a petition calling for FilmStruck to be saved and sent it directly to Toby Emmerich, head of Warner Bros. Pictures (which is part of the WarnerMedia family that FilmStruck belongs to).
Sunday, November 18, 2018
A Trio of Newcomers, Including Fantastic Beasts 2 And Widows, Underperform At The Pre-Thanksgiving Box Office
Wizard Angst right now given that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald only debuted to $62.2 million domestically, or at least, they'd be experiencing that until they saw the massive $191 million it took in overseas, giving it a $253 million worldwide haul to date, the 38th biggest worldwide box office opening weekend in history. In the U.S. though, the newest Fantastic Beasts films didn't fare so well, scoring the lowest opening weekend for a movie topping the pre-Thanksgiving weekend frame since 2007 and having a 17% lower domestic opening weekend than its predecessor despite costing 11% more to produce. Good thing they hired Johnny Depp for this project or else it might have come in shy of expectations domestically!
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crime of Grindelwald Leans Heavily On Poorly Developed Characters To Dismal Results
One of my favorite childhood memories is when I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for the very first time as a nine-year-old boy. I'd heard so much praise regarding about The Boy Who Lived from my friends and family members but it was a whole other experience to actually read it and get enveloped into this world of wizardry and wonder populated by well-realized characters I could relate to so easily. There was so much vivid humanity that informed Harry Potter, his friends and his enemies, it just made that world so compelling. With the newest entry in this sprawling Harry Potter universe, clumsily entitled, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the world, specifically all kinds of extended mythology that takes place in it, has taken precedence over the characters and that results in a total mess of a movie that would be wretched even if it wasn’t connected to an infinitely superior series of books & films.