There are few decades-long constants in moviegoing. Even the longest-running film series experience casting changes and dud story arcs. Pixar’s Toy Story continues to defy the normal Hollywood decline. Twenty-five years after its debut, the franchise has cranked out yet one more entertaining film.
The movie Yesterday imagines the unthinkable: a world without The Beatles. Starring Himesh Patel and Lily James, the Danny Boyle film just asks that you consider a world sans the Fab Four for two hours. Watching the removal of the band's immeasurable contribution to culture is a tough ask. They have been everywhere for over 50 years. It turns out that it is a fun way to appreciate John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
Late Night tackles the rare big screen subject of a prime time talk show. A queen of comedy is playing out the string as her long-running chat series continues a ratings slump. Even the comedian's husband acknowledges that the show is bad. The threat of cancellation forces the host to shake up her writing staff with a little diversity.
Booksmart is a hilarious high school comedy that will fly under the radar as one of the underappreciated releases of the summer. That is unfortunate. It wields razor sharp wit and features great performances from leads and supporting cast alike. The writing is flat-out funny and squeezes every ounce of adult humor from its R rating.
Beyond monster slam dunks and iconic Cinderella upsets there are alluring dynamics that make basketball one of the most popular sports in the world. Factors that go far beyond the nostalgia of city playgrounds and Hoosiers cornfields. There are a handful of compelling basketball documentaries on Netflix that explore the growing world of hoops, traveling from Harlem to Canada and India to explore high school, college, the NBA, and even wheelchair basketball.
Director Peter Jackson is best known for his groundbreaking Lord of the Rings movies. His new World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old ranks with the trilogy as a stunning cinematic accomplishment. Jackson's studio remastered century-old footage so well, that their film brings the Great War into the next millennium.
The 91st Academy Awards are in the books. The ceremony changes, awards, and song performances made for an improved telecast. Some awards were shocking, others less surprising. I was thrilled for Olivia Colman, Black Panther, and Alfonso Cuaron, but less so for Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody. Here are my ten reactions to the 2019... Continue Reading →
There is little doubt that Bohemian Rhapsody was one of the surprise box office hits of 2018. Maybe the biggest. The more unexpected feat from the Freddie Mercury biopic is its substantial award season buzz. Not only has it won Best Drama at the Golden Globes, but it was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards - which is hard to believe, because Bohemian Rhapsody is a bad movie.
Sunday night will be an Oscar ceremony unlike any that we have ever seen before. No host, non-actors as presenters, and negative feelings about the Academy’s attempts to shake up the ceremony will make for an interesting telecast. With that in mind, I have little doubt that my 2019 Oscar predictions could be wildly off.