Thursday, January 31, 2019
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
|ONE. PERFECT. SHOT.|
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Monday, January 28, 2019
Sunday, January 27, 2019
The January 2019 Domestic Box Office Closes Out With Glass Ruling Again And Two Wide Release Newcomers Flopping
Saturday, January 26, 2019
On the surface, Skate Kitchen's premise about a teenager struggling with their own personal family woes finding some kind of solace in a group of skateboarder friends sounds like a good number of other American indie movies, particularly Jonah Hill's 2018 directorial debut Mid90's. But on closer inspection even just on a surface level, there's a number of details here, namely the focus on a group of female skateboarders, that make Skate Kitchen a horse of a different color. While actually watching the movie, any potentially similar movies vanish from one's mind as Skate Kitchen manages to carve out its own identity and secure a level of quality (one that is higher than Mid90's in my book, for the record) that allow it to stand out on its own.
Friday, January 25, 2019
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
EDITED TO ADD: Just before this article was published, I learned that a Louisville, Kentucky PR firm called RunSwitch PR has been instrumental in mounting a comeback narrative for these Covington Catholic school students.
On January 19, 2019, a group of Covington Catholic School students, adorned in Make America Great Again hats and attending an anti-abortion March For Life ceremony, harassed 88-year-old Vietnam Veteran Nathan Phillips with racist chants and behavior while teenager Nick Sandmann stared down Phillips. Yes, there was a rival group (also filled with cruel people) also at the event causing trouble between themselves and the Covington Catholic School students and yes, Phillips approached the students first in an attempt to de-escalate what was already a tumultuous situation. None of that changes the fact that these students bellowed "BUILD A WALL!!" at a peaceful individual simply because of the color of his skin, a racist practice consistent with actions like blackface that are considered alright at their school.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Monday, January 21, 2019
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Glass Has OK But Not Superheroic Opening Weekend As Dragon Ball Super: Broly Scores A Staggeringly Impressive Opening Weekend
After nineteen years of waiting, the world finally got an Unbreakable sequel in the form of Glass. Combining the worlds of Unbreakable and Split into one film, the newest M. Night Shyamalan feature was generating massive amounts of pre-release hype that had many (myself included) thinking this one had the potential to overperform mightily. However, it turned out Glass fell slightly below pre-release expectations, grossing $40.58 million, up only $500,000 from the $40 million opening of Split two years ago despite the added presence of Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson from Unbreakable.
Friday, January 18, 2019
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Could Goku, World War I Soldiers And Chainsaw-Wielding Nicolas Cage Be Crucial To The Future of Cinema?
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Nobody farts in Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
A peculiar observation? Perhaps. But it's also a trait that makes it immediately stand out from other Happy Madison comedies (most of them starring Adam Sandler) like Jack & Jill, Grown Ups and the like. Farts are the bread & butter of these yukfests, so you'd think the first Happy Madison vehicle solely headlined by Kevin James would be packed to the gills with flatulence. Why, the main character's last name even rhymes with farts for God's sake! But in a twist so shocking it might as well have come out of an M. Night Shyamalan movie, not a single soul passes gas in the 2009 Steve Carr directorial effort Paul Blart: Mall Cop, nor are there any other traces of bathroom humor, making one wonder if this really is a Happy Madison production from the 2000s.
Sunday, January 13, 2019
MILD SPOILERS FOR BEN IS BACK BELOW
The Upside Is On The Upswing At The Domestic Box Office As It Beats Out Aquaman And Two Other Newcomers
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Friday, January 11, 2019
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Six strangers have all been given an invite to try out a new escape room. If they can manage to get out, they'll get $10,000. The eclectic group of individuals includes timid college student Zoey Davis (Taylor Russell), arrogant rich guy Jason Walker (Jay Ellis), stockroom worker Ben Miller (Logan Miller), veteran Amanda Harper (Deborah Ann Woll), chipper Mike Nolan (Tylor Labine) and escape room expert Danny Khan (Nik Dodani). Though Danny's gone through numerous escape rooms in the past, he's never seen anything like the one he and the other five characters must endure. The challenges here are frighteningly real and the consequences of not following all the clues properly are deadly.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
broke the news that Jessica Jones director S.J. Clarkson would be directing the debut episode of a still-untitled Game of Thrones spin-off, a project she could undertake because a schedule had opened up in her schedule due to a prior directing commitment being shelved. That prior directing commitment? The next installment of the Star Trek film series. Clarkson had been set last Spring to make her feature film directorial debut by helming a sequel to 2016's Star Trek Beyond, but the project ran into a roadblock last August when pay disputes between Paramount Pictures and stars Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth led to the two actors walking away from the project, putting its very existence in jeopardy.
There are seven big American movie studios (soon, we shall be back to six once 20th Century Fox gets absorbed by Disney in the coming weeks) and they all released a whole slew of movies in 2018. Today, I shall use my box office savvy mind to look at their yearly grosses from 2018 and see which ones were on a financial roll and which ones are looking to the future to improve their fortune!
Let us begin with a studio I'm sure you're all shocked is once again on top of this (small) world....
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Monday, January 7, 2019
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Aquaman Tops The Box Office For Third Weekend In A Row As Escape Room Scores Solid Bow And Assortment of Holdovers Hold Strong
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Friday, January 4, 2019
Madeline's Madeline Is An Impressively Realized Surrealist Exercise That Hews Closely To Immersive Theater
In a Performances In Historical Context class I took last Fall, we learned about a form of theater storytelling known as Immersive Theater. Emerging in the 21st century, this format of theater broke away from traditional norms of stage performance to rely heavily on audience participation, allowing for the creation of a one-on-one experience between audience members and performers, while such shows also tend to incorporate social elements into the proceedings and take advantage of whatever environment the performance takes place in. Theater groups like Punchdrunk and Third Rail are probably the most famous examples of this format of theater storytelling that ensures that no two performances of any given show will be quite the same.
This essay was written for The-Solute's monthly Year of the Month column, with January 2019 being dedicated to pop culture from 2000.