Monday, April 29, 2019
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Opening Weekend Records Crumble As Avengers: Endgame Amasses Staggering $350 Million Opening Weekend
|An image from the climax of Avengers: Endgame|
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Friday, April 26, 2019
On paper, Avengers: Endgame is a proposition that really should be laughable rather than something you can pull off. Continuing off the cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War, a fun movie that did have a bad habit of throwing away characterization at the expense of spectacle, that saw so many beloved superheroes perish after Thanos (Josh Brolin) used the Infinity Gauntlet to snap half of the universe out of existence, Avengers: Endgame decides to expand its scope even wider Infinity War's already expansive storytelling canvas. This should result in excess to the nth degree, but instead, Avengers: Endgame winds up as something extraordinary, a blockbuster movie that can touch your heart so profoundly and also make you giggle with giddy glee at what fun is transpiring on-screen. As someone who frequently enjoys these Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, this fan-service heavy entry is aimed squarely at me, and there's plenty of moments in the film that made the nerdy side of me break out into convulsions of joy for sure.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Observe and Report Is an Imperfect But Ambitious Dark Deconstruction of Typical Man-Children Comedies
In his time as a comedic leading man, Seth Rogen has demonstrated an admirable ambitious streak. The films rarely turn out to be all-time classics (though at least none of Seth Rogen's vehicles have turned out as badly as modern Will Ferrell or Adam Sandler features) but movies like The Interview or This is the End tend to be centered on more high-concept unorthodox comedic premises that see Rogen and company demonstrating bolder creative aspirations. This quality could be found as early as less than two years after Knocked Up cemented Seth Rogen as a viable leading man with the black comedy Observe and Report, which hews closer to Taxi Driver than fellow 2009 mall cop movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
2010 "comedy" that cost Emily Blunt the chance to be Black Widow, Sullivan's Travels is actually an original story written and directed by Preston Sturges. Like that classic novel though, it is a yarn that spans all kinds of different adventures and takes one man on an extensive journey that reshapes his whole life. This means those looking for only a movie featuring miniature humans will be gravely disappointed. For everyone else, the satisfying comedy and dynamite lead performances of Sullivan's Travels will more than suffice!
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
With Avengers: Endgame now just two days away (and even less than that if you plan on attending one of those Thursday night screenings), anticipation couldn't be higher for this widely talked about title, one that serves as a culmination of the first eleven years of the expansive cinematic universe storytelling Marvel Studios pioneered over the last decade of American cinema. Though today the cinematic universe is an expected part of the worldwide pop culture scene, it wasn't so long ago that it was a concept that seemed foolish for Marvel Studios to chase. Much in the same way that tablets like the iPad have quickly become so commonplace that today's babies find magazines to be broken versions of tablets, so too have cinematic universes established their own assured presence in pop culture in a short period of time.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Monday, April 22, 2019
Sunday, April 21, 2019
The Curse of La Llorona Has Eggs-elent Easter Weekend Box Office Debut, Breakthrough Chills Out And Penguins Gets Frozen Out
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
OK, it's time for the second part of my Summer 2019 Box Office Predictions. While the first part of this column saw me predicting what would be the ten biggest movies of the summer, this go-around I'll look at every single movie scheduled to open in wide release this summer and place them into one of three columns: Likely Hits, a place for films whose box office success seems assured, Wild Cards, a place for films whose box office future seems cloudy, and Potential Misfires, a place for films likely to underperform at the box office.
Let's kick things off with a look at Summer 2019's...
Monday, April 15, 2019
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Spike Lee's 25th Hour was about peoples present being impacted by events from one person's past, Agnes Varda's Cleo from 5 to 7 is a story about how the uncertain future of one individual impacts the present-day lives of other individuals. Whose future turns out to have such an immense ripple effect? That would be Cleo (Corrine Marchand), a woman who we are introduced to as getting her future getting told to her by way of a fortune teller and her tarot cards. What kind of future do these objects foretell for Cleo? Not a good one, which, despite attempts by the fortune teller to twist what the cards have said into something more positive, sends Cleo into a spiral of despair.
Shazam! Tops The Box Office Again As Little Has Solid Medium-Sized Bow, Hellboy Flames Out, After Exceeds Expectations And Missing Link Gets Lost
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Friday, April 12, 2019
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Sometimes Dead Is Better And Maybe That's The Place The Pet Sematary Series Should Have Been Left In
Creech family) needs a change of pace. Boston is just too busy, so they've decided to move to an isolated house in Ludlow, Maine. There, Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), Rachel Creed (Amy Seimetz) and their two children, Ellie (Jete Laurence) and Gage (Hugo Lavoie & Lucas Lovie), plus their cat Church, can slow down and take some time to smell the roses. But the discovery of a local pet cemetery in the vast forest on their property puts the family on edge, as does the death of Church. If only there was some way to bring their cat back from the dead. If only neighbor Jud Crandell (John Lithgow) knew of some spot where dead things could be buried and then come back to life. If only that spot could bring Church back to life and start a series of tragic events for the family surrounding an inability to cope with death. Oh if only...
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Here we are again. It is time for another summer moviegoing season, which means it's time for yours truly to deliver their annual summer box office predictions. This is an annual two-part column that begins with me predicting the top ten biggest movies of the summer at the domestic box office and ends with a second part seeing me analyzing the box office prospects of every wide release on the docket for release in the summer of 2019.
Let's begin this exercise with my projected top ten movies of summer 2019...
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Monday, April 8, 2019
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Shazam! Is The Word At The Domestic Box Office While Pet Semetary Comes Alive And The Best of Enemies Doesn't Make Many Friends
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Donnie Darko seemed to signal that newbie director Richard Kelly was someone to watch out for. The film was so unique in its exploration of one troubled High Schooler's life that it not only put its main actor, Jake Gyllenhaal, on everyone's radar as a leading man, but also seemed to be the emergence of a new interesting filmmaking voice in Richard Kelly. In the two decades since Donnie Darko, Kelly has only directed two films and has directed nothing since the November 2009 release of his film The Box. What exactly happened here? Well, part of it may be the divisive reception of his follow-up to Donnie Darko, Southland Tales, a 2007 political satire so weird that it makes Donnie Darko and its giant rabbit look a mundane Max Keeble's Big Move by comparison.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Monday, April 1, 2019
random outbursts of graphic violence, disorienting editing, generating comedy by way unwitting civilians reacting to all kinds of depraved mayhem. All of these elements are around in abundance in Daisies, an off-the-wall 1966 directorial effort from iconic filmmaker Vera Chytilová. Another trait Daisies shares with The Eric Andre Show? It’s absolutely hysterical.