The Outlaw King: Muddied Story, Battle Scenes Come Up Small

The Netflix original movie The Outlaw King poses as a watershed moment for the streaming company: could they successfully produce an epic historical drama that is shot for movie theaters, yet relegated for small screen consumption? Despite an A-list star, a golden premise, and a blockbuster budget, the medieval picture is an uninspiring film that slogs through a dynamic moment in Scottish history.

Halloween Slashes Old Stories In 2018 Sequel

40 years after Halloween unleashed the pure evil of Michael Myers, the silent slasher franchise returns with a “give the people what they want” formula. In its first-ever "direct" sequel, Michael Myers terrorizes Laurie Strode and Haddonfield, Illinois. It has been done before (ten times), but the 2018 Halloween updates the Myers-Strode saga with satisfying storytelling and references to its predecessor.

First Man Missteps

First Man is a prototype of intense POV filmmaking. Director Damien Chazelle puts the audience in the cockpit, command module, and spacesuit in his portrayal of Neil Armstrong’s career. Despite this adrenalized proximity, First Man has a plodding pace and misuses opportunities for the character exploration necessary for a successful biopic.

BlacKkKlansman: Spike Lee’s Retro Modern Double Feature

This review contains spoilers about BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman is based on an incredible feat. African-American police officer Ron Stallworth became a Ku Klux Klan member in 1979 to gain intelligence on the organization. The film details these events, but also goes a step further. Director Spike Lee used Stallworth’s story to squeeze two different movies... Continue Reading →

Eight Fall Movies That Will Define 2018

After a summer of blockbusters, Oscar season unofficially begins with the release of A Star Is Born on Friday. Following the release of the Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga flick, a rush of intriguing movies is about to hit theaters that will define 2018 at the movies.

Spitfire (2018) Documentary – Review

On August 20, 1940 Winston Churchill addressed the House of Commons. The Prime Minister proclaimed to the body “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.”  He was referring to the men and women of the Royal Air Force who flew against Adolf Hitler’s formidable Luftwaffe. The powerful new Spitfire documentary looks... Continue Reading →

Oscar Changes: Bad For The Academy Awards And The Box Office

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has been presenting the Academy Awards for achievements in film since 1929. Since that first ceremony, the Oscars have become the most celebrated award ceremony in modern art. Legacies have been cemented. Careers have changed overnight. The Oscars have a certain magic to them that other awards ceremonies cannot touch. On August 8, the academy announced changes to the Oscars that will hurt the Academy Awards and the box office.

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