Let me start off by saying I have seen any of the other Ocean's movies nor do I really know the franchise is about. The advertisements never really interested me and have never met anyone who was “You have to see them!”
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.
The 4K home video releases that have been churning out over lately are a mixed bag. There are some that I’ve upgraded, spent the extra money and didn’t see a difference. Then, there’s the gorgeous Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children that was probably the most stimulating visual home video experience. This DC universe has also been a bit of a letdown as now I simply can now just see more of the grain effect used in many of Zach Snyder’s films. Luckily, that trend stops here with the most welcome superhero surprise in Patty Jenkins’ WONDER WOMAN.
I love a domestic thriller and UNFORGETTABLE really delivers on that subgenre with over the top dialogue and performances to match. The Lifetime Channel has found plenty of success in pouring out TV movies about women pushed to the brink and will do what it takes to claim what is theirs. Hollywood has embraced this and found that there's money to be made. The right casting can make it all the more intriguing and seeing Katherin Heigl outside her comfort zone was pure pleasure for me.
It's hard to avoid politics from discussion nowadays as our current president is literally a TV personality and continues to make headlines on a daily basis, mostly for non-political reasons. One hot topic as of late is for businesses to refuse service based on religious beliefs. There are plenty of legal ramifications that come with this, but one could argue this promotes discrimination while another could say this allows government to say what's okay when it comes to religious beliefs. As an openly gay Mexican-American, this obviously makes me extremely uncomfortable and I do my best to avoid conversations like these as I always get nervous that someone is going to say something outrageously offensive. Hulu has found great success in their new series "The Handmaid's Tale", set in a future where women's rights are taken from them and serve only to reproduce. There's a flashback to when this movement started and two women are attempting to make a purchase at a coffee shop and the barista kicks them out while yelling obscenities. Both the women and viewers are furious watching this, but for that barista and other customers in the show, this is just another day and it's completely acceptable behavior. When I saw that scene, all I could think was "This is the shit I'm afraid of."