Sunday, September 30, 2018
Night School Takes Moviegoers To Class As Smallfoot Gets Off To Average Start And Hellfest Burns Down
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Friday, September 28, 2018
I kept waiting and waiting for Hold the Dark to suddenly click into place for me, but that moment never came. Writer Macon Blair and director Jeremy Saulnier (the latter being the director behind one of 2016's best movies, Green Room) have delivered a feature that only gets more and more inert as it goes on as one gradually realizes that the slow-burn restrained atmosphere of the whole movie isn't going nowhere. Oh to go back to the start of the movie, when I still had hopes for this one realizing its potential. The beginning of Hold the Dark is easily the strongest part of the whole feature, as we're introduced to Russell Core (Jeffrey Wright), an author who is contacted by Alaska resident Medora (Riley Keough) to help her find her son who was recently taken by wolves.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Sunday, September 23, 2018
a Keith Urban song. Anywho, the ancient adage of a woman influencing a man's creative work certainly must have been on the minds of those creating the new drama The Wife. Based on a book by Meg Wolitzer, The Wife is all about a woman who plays a very big part in the creative process of her famous author husband. Just how extensive of a role she plays in this man's work and what kind of identity she's forged for herself during the course of their marriage are the primary concerns of this motion picture.
The House With A Clock In Its Walls Tick Tocks On The Clock, The Party Don't Stop With Its Great Opening Weekend As Three Other New Releases Bomb
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Sunday, September 16, 2018
I feel like Scrat from Ice Age would love Mandy because this movie is absolutely nuts. The newest directorial effort from filmmaker Panos Cosmatos, Mandy can be best summed up as being the demented spawn of Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall Past Lives and John Wick. Though it may echo two other recent features, and its editing and atmosphere certainly evoke past auteurs of dream-like motion pictures like David Lynch, make no mistake about it, Mandy is very much a one-of-a-kind creation that constantly had me either questioning what the hell I was even watching or cheering on the mayhem transpiring on-screen. It's two hours of the most excellent kind of madness, the kind that was tailor-made for Nicolas Cage's gifts as an actor.
The Predator Finds Time To Bleed During Weak Opening Weekend As A Simple Favor Fares Decently And White Boy Rick Doesn't Bring In The Dough
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Friday, September 14, 2018
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Turns out, audiences were indeed looking for a reprieve from animated fairy tale musicals that had dominated the 1990's. But they weren't looking for such a reprieve from the likes of Titan A.E., no, they were looking towards a farting Scottish ogre to lampoon the type of stories that had made Disney Animation famous. The massive box office success of Shrek (at the time the second biggest animated movie of all-time, only behind The Lion King) had too many ripple effects on the film industry to count, but perhaps it's most noteworthy piece of influence was in how Shrek was suddenly the movie to imitate. Though Shrek didn't invent the idea that pop culture references and bathroom humor could inhabit animated family movies, it did make them required elements in any new animated films looking to score big box office bucks.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
the guy who hires sex offenders on his film without alerting his cast & crew. This comedic noir got a tiny theatrical run in the Fall of 2005 (its highest theater count was a mere 226 locations) before it became an acclaimed cult classic and ended up helping Robert secure the Marvel superhero role that would totally transform his career.
Monday, September 10, 2018
Sunday, September 9, 2018
The Nun Has Holy Opening Weekend As Peppermint Has Decent Bow And God Bless The Broken Road Isn't So Blessed
audiences were high on loving you, you being the new Conjuring spin-off The Nun, which had the second biggest opening weekend ever for a September release. With a $53.5 million bow, that puts The Nun ahead of all past September opening weekends sans the gargantuan opening of It in this same weekend last year. It's also noticeably ahead of every other opening weekend in the Conjuring franchise, surpassing the franchises previous peak opening (the $41.8 million bow of the very first Conjuring movie) by 28%. Such impressive figures are what happen when you have the excellent marketing campaign The Nun had, which included a fantastic teaser trailer, and when you're the first major horror movie in two months. Audiences were hungry for something spooky and The Nun satisfied that demand big time.
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Friday, September 7, 2018
the top ten biggest movies of the summer out of the way, let's take a look at the rest of the summer's high's and low's and what lessons can be taken away from this summer's hits and misses.
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
It is a time of Mom jeans, grunge, and Bo Jackson. It is also a time when Disney animation is seeing an artistic renaissance, leading to the studio's movies dominating the box office around the world. Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, the big hits just kept on coming and, inevitably, that meant imitators were bound to crop up. 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., and newcomers DreamWorks were especially keen on mimicking the success of Disney with their own animated fairy tale musicals which meant, by the end of the 1990's, the American animation scene was almost entirely populated by movies about fantasy characters engaging in musical numbers. With worries about repetition in the air as well as the dwindling box office of even Disney animated features (to say nothing about the middling box office numbers put up by their competitors), something was bound to change in what kind of movies the various American animation studio made.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Monday, September 3, 2018
Sunday, September 2, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians Conquers Labor Day Frame As Searching Finds Success And Other New Releases Flounder
Summer 2018 closed this weekend with a hustling and bustling Labor Day weekend that left us with a lot of movies to talk about, especially since this was the first Labor Day weekend in years to deliver multiple new wide releases! To start things off, there was box office sensation Crazy Rich Asians, which took in another $22.2 million, a tiny 10% dip from last weekend. This movies weekend-to-weekend dips are nothing short of phenomenal, they're like something out of the 1992 box office! Having grossed now $110.9 million after 19 days of release, it's anyone's guess just how high this one will end up at the domestic box office. At the very least, it's gonna get to $175 million domestically, no question.