America right now is undergoing a new wave of racial divide. Deny it all you want it’s a truth, ironically partially due to the country being split down the middle as to the existence of racism in the country and to what level. Many films have tried and succeeded to capture this this sentiment. Hell, “Sorry to Bother You” is one of the best examples in my opinion just a few weeks ago. But one film has come along recently that avoids taking the issue over the top and instead offers a stripped down approach to the subject that has critics talking. I am of course talking about “Blindspotting” which is the result of years of work and dedication by its stars to bring the story to life. If you’ve heard about this movie you know that many are praising it as a must see and timely film. So I took it upon myself to see what the buzz is all about and form my own opinion on the final product. Here is my review of “Blindspotting”.
There are so many spy movies out there they’ve created a genre all their own, but the concept of the spy film is not just limited to action. More often than not spy movies also branch out into the comedy genre making for some wild antics and hilarious circumstances. In fact, despite my normal disposition towards comedies I’d go so far as to say that spy comedy movies are among my favorite in the genre which is why I decided to put the focus on them with their own list. Since a new spy comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me” is coming out this weekend I thought it would be the perfect time to take a look at the best films that blended action, humor and intrigue. These are my picks for the Top 10 Spy Comedy Movies.
Alright so I missed my Box Office Breakdown last week, but it’s back for this week baby and after a pair of sequels dominated last weekend’s chart yet another sequel made an even bigger impact. After the surprise success of “The Equalizer 2” and the expected success of “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” a couple of hard-hitting competitors made their marks but only one set a new bar. Let’s dive right on in and recap the box office numbers of the weekend, July 27-29, 2018.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. When I decided to make a movie review blog I made a commitment to try and see as many movies as I can because, well, I enjoy going to the movies and I enjoy sharing my thoughts on them. However, I also knew with this commitment would come a need, hell a downright requirement, to see films I didn’t want to see. Sometimes I bend that rule a bit like with the “Fifty Shades” franchise where I just knew I’d hate it and I didn’t feel my opinion would matter because of too much bias. But then there are films like “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies”. Growing up I was a big fan of the original “Teen Titans” animated series and when I saw this…interesting reimagining it broke my heart to see what these characters had become. When I learned that Warner Bros. would be making a movie I thought long and hard about whether or not I wanted to waste my time, but low and behold the film got great reviews so I decided to take a crack at it myself. Without further ado here is my review of “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies”.
Who would have thought that after 22 years the “Mission: Impossible” franchise would still be alive and well? Over the years this franchise has risen to prominence as a prime competitor for other spy series including the “Bourne” series and the James Bond films. Not only that, it seems to be getting better with every entry keeping up with the quality and fan obsession over its contemporaries and long running classics. This weekend we got the latest addition to the franchise, “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”, which represents a lot of significant firsts for the series. It’s the first movie to be a direct sequel of a previous entry. It’s the first time a director has led more than one entry in the franchise with Christopher McQuarrie directing after also leading “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”. It’s also the shortest time between films at three years and it’s the first movie in the franchise to feature a returning villain. In many ways “Fallout” shows that this franchise has finally found its comfort zone, but how does this translate to the big screen? Does “Fallout” rise to the occasion or does it phone it in now that it has a committed audience to pander to? Let’s take a look with my review of “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”.
I’m not going to lie I’m debating whether or not to see “Teen Titans Go! to the Movies” this weekend. For the sake of committing to this blog I probably will but either way I still wanted to do a list that ties into the film somehow and I decided to look to the source, Warner Bros. Animation. This studio may still be a growing entity of relevance in today’s world but there’s no denying its connection to the history of animation with its Looney Tunes shorts in the early days of cinema. However their contributions to the medium don’t end with Bugs Bunny. In the modern age of feature-length projects the studio in all it’s different iterations has provided some classic films that have stood the test of time. With their latest animated offering coming this weekend I took a look at the best of what they’ve offered so far. These are my picks for the Top 10 Warner Bros. Animation Movies.
It’s no secret that the found footage genre has worn out its welcome a bit. While it happens to be one of my favorite genres of film I’ll be the first to admit it needs a fresh approach and a few years ago in 2014 we saw glimmers of hope with a little film called “Unfriended”. Four years later we have a stand-alone sequel that revisits the original format of its predecessor but ups the ante by taking things from the paranormal to the dark web. Is this the step forward the found footage genre needed to earn back some credibility or does it squander the chance to stand out as a worthy horror offering? Let’s dive deeper into the darkness. This is my review of “Unfriended: Dark Web”.
Ever since the twist ending of “Split” revealed that the film was a sequel to “Unbreakable” last year fans have been waiting to see where this series would go next in the promised third entry from M. Night Shyamalan. Now we have at least an idea of where this series is headed thanks to the San Diego Comic-Con trailer for “Glass” which will hit theaters in 2019. It’s a trailer I was personally very excited to see and now I’m ready to break down the details and take a closer look at what this it has to offer. Let’s take a peak into the first trailer for “Glass”. As always you can watch the trailer in full at the end of this post. Here we go!
Denzel Washington is a master of his craft. Even in his worst films he’s always the best thing about them. When he seems to shine the most in modern cinema however is when he is teamed with director Antoine Fuqua who led the actor to three great performances in “Training Day”, “The Equalizer” and “Magnificent Seven”. Now the pair is back with their first sequel in “The Equalizer 2”, a film that sees Washington step into the shoes of vigilante Robert McCall once again. The first movie was a hit thriller in 2014, but how well does this sequel recapture the charm and fun of the first and does it add anything new? Let’s dive in. This is my review of “The Equalizer 2”.
There have been several big reveals at San Diego Comic-Con this year and while I’ll be breaking down several of them over the next few days possibly the biggest and most exciting sneak peak we got is our first trailer of “Aquaman”, the DC Extended Universes next cinematic venture focusing on the former butt of jokes water-based superhero who became a standout star of the “Justice League” movie thanks to a charismatic performance by Jason Mamoa. With a charming leading man, great lore and an accomplished director at the helm many are hoping for great things from this project. So let’s take a look at our first peak into what the film has to offer as I break down the first trailer for “Aquaman”. As always let me know if I missed anything in the comments below and you can watch the trailer in full at the end of this breakdown.
It’s been ten years since “Mamma Mia!” hit theaters and took the world by storm becoming the highest grossing live action musical ever for the time. Universal Pictures was always interested in continuing the story and now here we are ten years later nearly to the day and that sequel is finally here. With even more ABBA songs incorporated into the plot and new characters and old favorites coming into play “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” had an audience and could have easily been a simple retread sequel offering nothing new. Surprisingly it didn’t follow that path, but is this enough to make is a superior second entry in the series or does it fall flat like Pierce Brosnan’s singing in the original? Sorry, bad play joke…Anyways here’s my review of “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”.
Vigilantes are a fascinating trope of cinema and entertainment in general. Seeing someone take the law into their own hands can make for a fun and immersive experience at the best of times but without a great character to embrace these stories would be a lot harder to enjoy. With the sequel film “The Equalizer II” released this weekend I wanted to put the focus on the best characters in movies that took the law into their own hands and deal out justice their own way in their respective films or franchises. These are my picks for the Top 10 Movie Vigilantes.