Month: January 2018

Top 10 Haunted House Movies

Haunted houses are an essential part of horror stories, both in real life and in the movies. Sometimes they’re not even associated with horror, but rather a deeper look into what happens after we pass away. Regardless they are fascinating narrative tools that serve as the setting of many great films and stories. With the new film “Winchester” hitting theaters this weekend based on an actual haunted home I took a look at some of cinema’s best haunted house stories to get you warmed up. These are my picks for the Top 10 Haunted House Movies.

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Review: “Phantom Thread”

Daniel Day-Lewis has had an amazing career, solidifying himself as one of the greatest actors of his generation. For one final time he hit the big screen in late 2017 and early 2018 with the now-Oscar nominated picture “Phantom Thread”, a movie that intrigued me greatly in previews and proved to be an engrossing, if disturbing, period piece and  love story worth delving into. With a great cast and powerfully respected director at the help, it’s no wonder many critics have fallen in love with this fashion-themed drama. But, is this film truly Oscar worthy? Here is my review of “Phantom Thread”.
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REVIEW: “Maze Runner: The Death Cure”

Several years ago I joined the young adult novel kick. I became obsessed with “The Hunger Games” (finishing the book only days before the first movie’s release) as well as the “Divergent” series. Then came “The Maze Runner”, a series that I thought too complicated to properly transfer to the big screen. As possibly the last great YA franchise adaptation for cinema for the foreseeable future I couldn’t wait to finally see the long overdue final film in the trilogy, “The Death Cure”. It’s a film that, like its predecessors, strays significantly from the source material while sticking to the same basic plot. As possibly the final nail in the coffin of a once great sub-genre of film, let’s take a closer look at the final “Maze Runner” movie “The Death Cure”. Is it a quality conclusion, or just another failed attempt to cash in on a tired literary franchise?

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Top 10 Modern Western Films

The western genre is widely considered a “dead” genre, but the new millennium has shown us this once great leader in entertainment can still pack a punch. This weekend a potentially magnificent film called “Hostiles” is released wide and I personally can’t wait to give it a watch. Before that however I thought about a few standouts in the genre that deserved to be recognized for those looking for a little pre-“Hostiles” viewing to get you into the action. As I’m known to do, I picked out ten of the best western genre movies from the last 17 years. These are my picks for the Top 10 Modern Western Films.

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REVIEW: “12 Strong”

We’ve seen countless films about the events during and after 9/11 over the years and occasionally those stories involve the war that was sparked as a result of the devastating attacks. One story we hadn’t heard yet was of the first group to take on the challenge of responding. “12 Strong” attempts to tell that story focusing on the first group of U.S. warriors who teamed with the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan to deal the first blows against the Taliban. Sporting a decent cast and a worthy story, “12 Strong” is entertaining enough, but it also delves into generic territory. So is it worthy of praise or just another average war flick? This is my review of “12 Strong”.

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REVIEW: “I, Tonya”

At the end of 2017 there was one film that a LOT of people had on their radar that I just couldn’t wait to see expand to national release. That film was “I,Tonya” and as soon as I saw it was showing at my local theater I jumped in my car and rushed down to get a look at the film for myself. Touted by many as one of the best films from 2017 and, now, 2018, “I, Tonya” provides a hilarious but brutally honest take on its subject, the controversial figure skater Tonya Harding, and makes for a unique and entertaining journey into the life of a shattered Olympian. But, how well does it hold up to expectations? Here is my review of “I, Tonya”.

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Top 10 Jerry Bruckheimer Film Productions

He’s one of his generation’s most successful producers, both on television and on the big screen, and helped discover some of the most entertaining stories of the past 35 years. This weekend Jerry Bruckheimer’s latest production, “12 Strong” hits theaters so I decided to take a look at some of this legendary film producers more celebrated works in anticipation for the new film. These are my picks for the Top 10 Jerry Bruckheimer Film Productions.

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REVIEW: “Paddington 2”

A few years ago a delightful little bear by the name of Paddington made his way to the big screen bringing a legendary literary figure to the masses in live action for the first time. At the time I didn’t watch it because I had yet to be the movie junkie I am today. I didn’t think a family film about an anthropomorphic bear was worth the ticket. A few years later the world got a sequel and now in 2018 America has been graced with that film. So I found the original, watched it and to my surprise it was delightful and charming. Even more of a surprise…the sequel was even more delightful and charming! I got the chance to view this fantastic family film on Martin Luther King Day and now I present to you my take on the first universally praised film of the year, “Paddington 2”.

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REVIEW: “The Post”

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As a journalist and a man who just enjoys the truth winning over lies and deceit I found myself truly intrigued by the story that Director Steven Spielberg’s latest offering brought to the big screen. Based on historical events, “The Post” has become an awards season staple for 2018 and now we, the public, finally get a chance to see what it’s all about. Sporting some very talented actors and a compelling story, “The Post” isn’t the most entertaining movie or perfect film through and through, but it has its merits that make it a pretty entertaining thriller all the same. Here is my review of “The Post”.

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REVIEW: “The Commuter”

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Liam Neeson action thrillers could be a genre of their own and while the actor has hinted at the possibility of his retirement from major action offerings in the last year we start 2018 off with his latest genre film, “The Commuter”. Offering the expected genre thrills and Neeson’s well known action persona, “The Commuter” is exactly what you probably expect it to be, but that doesn’t make it bad. When compared to the actor’s other action films “The Commuter” is a standout and offers just enough fun and excitement to rise above its many clichés. Here is my review of “The Commuter”.

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Top 10 Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Films of 2018

The year 2018 marks an important milestone for many 90s classics as several iconic films from that era turn 25 this year. The year was 1993 and Robin Williams played one of his most famous roles, Steven Spielberg brought dinosaurs to life and introduced us to an unsung hero of World War II, a time-based movie trope was born in the form of an iconic comedy and one of the most famous stop motion pictures of all time gave us a reason to fear the holidays. These films helped define my childhood, becoming classics as I grew up over the course of the decade. To honor the 25th anniversary of the films that made my love for movies a reality I put together a special list. These are the Top 10 Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Films of 2018.

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Golden Globes 2017 Recap

The 75th Golden Globes are in the books and I have to say it had some surprises for sure. Before the show I issued my predictions for who I thought would win and should win awards in the major film categories. So, in the aftermath of the big night, I’m going to recap my predictions and how I felt about the winners in general. How many did I get right? How many did I get wrong? Did the right people win? You can read my initial predictions here.

Did any of the winners surprise you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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