More specifically, the first fifteen minutes.
For it is within these first fifteen minutes that AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR shows us the full power of Thanos.
BOILED ANGELS: THE TRIAL OF MIKE DIANA is a documentary that covers the only known comic artist to be jailed for obscenity in the United States. Mike Diana created Boiled Angel in the early 90s and it was an intentionally offensive underground comic magazine. At the time he created it in the suburbs of Florida, a serial killer was roaming Gainesville and had left bodies mutilated in many of the same ways that were depicted in Boiled Angel. Mike Diana was brought in for questioning regarding the murders and while he was found innocent, the authorities at the time did not approve of his comics and so Diana was arrested and charged for obscenity.
Hello my fellow movie fans! I recently had the opportunity to check out a new film written by Greg Sestero, author of The Disaster Artist, from Sestero Pictures, titled BEST F(R)IENDS. The film follows a drifter who encounters a quirky mortician resulting in a friendship where both learn a lesson about friendship and loyalty.
Roaring though film festivals such as Slamdance and now the Boston Underground Film Festival comes the empowering, tragic and artistic story of young woman named Myeisha (Rhaechyl Walker). Written originally by talented educator and writer Rickerby Hinds, MY NAME IS MYEISHA is a journey through the final moments of situation that went from calm to chaos. Adapted from the stage play Dreamscape to the screen comes the story of real horror happening.
Welcome witches and warlocks,
Today I will be reviewing the science fiction opera STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (2017) by writer/director Rian Johnson. To best describe the story, I will turn to the IMDB plot summary:
"Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order."
ISLE OF DOGS, Wes Anderson’s latest entry in the stop-motion animation genre, is a fantastic adventure that has made its way onto my list of favorite animated films released in recent years. Now, before you roll your eyes and accuse me of being another hip 28 year old who worships the ground Mr. Anderson walks upon, I must tell you that this is the first time I have ever enjoyed one of his films from start to finish. While I can appreciate the beauty his films exude in symmetrical frame after symmetrical frame, I do not consider myself a fan of his in the slightest. But this time I was hooked.
MOST LIKELY TO MURDER, the latest project from writer/director Dan Gregor (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), is a murder-mystery comedy centered around Billy, a former high-school hero, who returns home expecting life to be like it once was. While back at his old stomping ground, he learns that all his friends have moved on and that his ex-girlfriend is dating the high school outcast, Lowell, who Billy used to mercifully make fun of. When a death occurs, Billy is convinced that Lowell is behind it and sets forth a chain of reactions to prove to his friends how deadly Lowell really is. The film stars Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), Vincent Kartheiser (“Mad Men”), and Adam Pally (Dirty Grandpa).
Welcome witches and warlocks,
Today I will be reviewing the foreign drama CINEMA PARADISO (1998) by writer/director Giuseppe Tornatore. To best describe the story, I will turn to a modified version of the IMDB plot summary:
"A filmmaker recalls his childhood of falling in love with the pictures at the cinema and forming a deep friendship with the projectionist."
TOMB RAIDER, the lastest film from Roar Uthaug (The Wave), is an action-packed adventure that shows both Lara Croft’s fierce determination, strength, and heart. It’s a film that doesn’t undermine the character of Croft with overly revealing outfits, mansplaining, or useless romantic interludes. Instead it shows how she rises to become the Lara Croft we all have come to love and respect while still showing a vulnerability in her ever increasing strength and badassery. The film stars Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) as Lara Croft, along with Dominic West (“The Wire”), Walton Goggins (“Justified”), Daniel Wu (“Into the Badlands”), and Kristin Scott Thomas (Darkest Hour).
Let me preface this review by saying that I am not a big comic book fan like most of those that watch these films. I think it's important to know that I'm not approaching this review knowing the delicate intricacies of these characters; rather I watched the film as an avid fan of movies and a constant filmmaker. I suppose that, in itself, gives me a critical eye when watching films. In truth though, I love the superhero movies that have been released in the last five years or so. Taking into consideration that these are superhero movies, they seem to be consistently made bigger and bigger which I suppose there in lies the fun in movies such as these.
A WRINKLE IN TIME, the latest film from director Ava DuVernay (Selma) is a fantastical journey through space and time that is visually astounding in both its heartwarming message and throughout its darker moments. The film boasts an A-list cast that includes Oprah Winfrey (Selma), Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies”), Mindy Kaling (Inside Out), Chris Pine (Star Trek), Storm Reid (Sleight), Levi Miller (Better Watch Out), and Deric McCabe (Stephanie).
WALKING OUT, the latest film from directors Alex Smith (The Slaughter Rule) and Andrew J. Smith (The Slaughter Rule), is a survival tale told through the lens of a father and son who encounter a brutal attack in the wilderness. The film stars Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart), Josh Wiggins (Max) and Bill Pullman (Independence Day).
I’m normally busy watching horror films and I don’t habitually watch a lot of Pixar movies, but out of curiosity I decided to watch Disney’s COCO and I’m so glad I did. Actually they had me at Day of the Dead and Gael García Bernal, because I’m a big fan of his Spanish films (and I think skeletons are divine). I think the amount of Latinx representation in this movie is wonderful and the film is a beautiful love letter to the people of Mexico and their culture.
RED SPARROW, the latest film from director Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games series), is much more than just an action flick and more about how women use what they have to survive against the male patriarchy. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence (Mother!), Joel Edgerton (It Comes at Night), Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone), and Jeremy Irons (Dead Ringers).
Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE OF EBBING, MISSOURI weaves a complex and gritty tapestry of emotion through black comedy and thought-provoking situations. After the horrific death of her teenage daughter, fed up and grieving Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) starts a war with the local police force due to their inability to catch the killer. While renting out three decrepit billboards and creating slogans that single out the chief of police (Woody Harrelson), a chain of events set off within the town, causing an uproar fueled by mixed emotions and heated scenarios.
Augustine Frizzell (wife of director David Lowery) wrote and directed this sometimes familiar story, NEVER GOIN' BACK, about two teenagers needing to get to the beach - no matter what. If you are a fan of Clerks or Dazed and Confused, this movie is a must see. But if you are easily offended by excessive drug use, white guys who think they are black drug dealers, or the need to shit and barf, don't bother watching.
When Independence Day was released in 1996, it truly felt like an event that everyone had to attend. The idea of aliens arriving on Earth was nothing new, but giving it the disaster movie treatment was all we needed to create a summer blockbuster that's left a rather large impact on pop culture. What elevated the first film wasn't just the jaw dropping special effects at the time or having a superstar lead like Will Smith attached, but the fact the movie also had a charm to it. There was something for everyone and everyone could see themselves in it. The cast was diverse and promoted a story of everyone coming together and put aside our differences for survival. Then there was the humor and wit that came with to help ease any tension of the onscreen violence. This is everything that GEOSTORM lacks.