The Age of the Great Predator Cities has Come” as Universal Pictures releases the second theatrical trailer for their upcoming film Mortal Engines. View trailer below. Read more
DO YOU HEAR THE TICKING?
The horror genre is a film genre that has been around for quite some time, spending his filmmaking illustrious history of producing a plethora of scary thrills, ghostly chills, and creepy macabre as its narrative based and cinematic nuances. While this genre has been more towards adults (over the years), the movie genre has blended into an unexpected one, tapping into the PG realm of young kids / tweens cinematic entertainment. While not uncommon, this blend of kid’s horror movies (which sometimes also adds the fantasy element into the mix) has been sparsely produced over the years, but has been able to cultivate some memorable features with films like 1984’s Gremlins, 1986’s Labyrinth, 1988’s Beetlejuice, 1993’s A Nightmare Before Christmas, 2006’s Monster House, 2009’s Coraline, 2012’s Hotel Transylvania, 2015’s Goosebumps just to name a few. Now, Universal Pictures (as well as Amblin Entertainment and Reliance Entertainment) and director Eli Roth present the newest kid horror endeavor with the movie The House with a Clock in Its Walls. Does the film join the memorable ranks of the kids fantasy horror features or does it get lost within its own “ticking” narrative? Read more
PEPPERMINT DOES NOT
In the category of the action film genre, there exist a certain style of cinematic narrative that has been proven to work…. the story of revenge. While this storyline premise / plot device has always been around and has done multiple other genres (drama, thriller, comedy, fantasy, etc.), it’s been a somewhat fan-favorite (i.e. bread and butter) of the action movie genre, spinning a tale of action, shootouts, brawls, and (sometimes) a sort of “one-man” wrecking crew as the story’s main protagonist character, who’s fighting for loss and trying to “payback” an individual / group that took something (or someone) way for him. Movies like 2004’s Man on Fire, 2009’s Crime, 2009’s Taken, 2014’s John Wick, and 2018’s Death Wish are prime examples of this narrative arc of revenge, while other films like have weave in other filmmaking elements / genres into the mix with films like 1994’s The Crow, 1997’s Spawn, and 2006’s V for Vendetta. Now, STX films (and Lakeshore Entertainment) and director Pierre Morel present the latest iteration of vigilante / revenge action storyline with the film Peppermint. Does this movie find its entertainment action in amongst its revenge story or does it flounder underneath its own bland vigilante tale? Read more
The X-Men faces their greatest enemy (one of their own) as 20th Century Fox releases the first official trailer for their upcoming film X-Men: Dark Phoenix. View trailer below. Read more
Adonis Creed faces his toughest opponent as MGM and New Line Cinema release the second official trailer for the upcoming box sequel Creed II. View trailer below. Read more
Wands at the ready as Warner Bros. Pictures releases the official final trailer for the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. View trailer below. Read more
Every hero has a beginning as Paramount Pictures releases the official new trailer for their upcoming Transformers spin-off Bumblebee. View trailer below. Read more
WHAT A ROMANTIC COMEDY SHOULD BE
With Hollywood studios investing money in big-budgeted tentpole features or in smaller scale artistic films (ones that are worthy of Oscar / award nominations), the subgenre of romantic comedies is left somewhere in the middle of those two extreme juggernaut film genres. Naturally, romantic comedies movies, which are both a subgenre to both the romance and comedy movie genres, have been around for quite some time; featuring a motion pictures with light-hearted, humorous, and dramatic stories that are usually centered around romantic nuances (i.e. such as “true love” and are able to tackle problematic obstacles (be it family, friends, or some unseen challenge). Additionally, like many films from other genres, romantic comedies can range from a wild array of styles; pulling from other movie genres in order to try to appeal to a “wider” audience. Some classic romantic comedy film endeavors include 1940’s The Philadelphia Story, 1953’s Roman Holiday, 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1987’s The Princess Bride, 1989’s When Harry Met Sally, 2007’s Waitress, and 2017’s Big Sick. Now, Warner Bros. Pictures and director Jon M. Chu present the latest romantic comedy from Hollywood in the movie Crazy Rich Asians; based off author Kevin Kwan’s 2013 novel of the same name. Is this Asian-themed rom-com worth a glance or is it just another “run-of-the-mill” and otherwise bland endeavor from Hollywood? Read more
WHAT HAPPENED TO EMILY?
Since the beginning of the 2010’s era of cinematic entertainment, director Paul Feig has slowly been making a name for himself. Like many in Hollywood, Feig started out as actor, starring several TV / movies projects like Dirty Dancing, The Jack Thomas Show, Zombie High, Zoo Radio, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Before long, Feig moved up the career chain in Hollywood, directing several TV episodes, including The Office, Arrested Development, Weeds, and Nurse Jackie. After handling the director’s chair for episodic television series, Feig graduated to directing feature films, starting out with 2003’s I am David, as his directorial debut and his sophomore film Unaccompanied Minors in 2006. While both those movies didn’t get him that much “notoriety” amongst moviegoers, Feig did finally get the recognition as a “credible director” when his third movie Bridesmaid was released back in 2011. The film, which starred Kristen Wig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Rebel Wilson, and several others, was met with critical acclaim by critics and moviegoers, garnishing well over $288 million at the box office against its $32 million production budget as well catapulting the careers (in Hollywood) for several actresses. Following that, Feig continued to work with actress Melissa McCarthy, releasing The Heat that following year (2013), Spy in 2015, and Ghostbusters in 2016, which was initially criticized and faced heavy scrutiny from critics / moviegoers. Also, as a side-note, Feig has also acted as a producer for several projects, including the TV show The Office as well as movies like Spy, The Peanuts Movie, Snatched, and Ferdinand. Now Lionsgate and director Paul Feig presents his latest film with the psychological comedy thriller movie A Simple Favor. Does this newest by Feig make up for his mistakes in 2016’s Ghostbusters or is the director fail to tap into the psychological thriller aspect and nuances? Read more
Everyone’s favorite “wrecker” heads to the internet (and the digital age) as Disney Studios releases the second official trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. View trailer below. Read more