Large scale intimacy may seem like a contradiction, but Sam Mendes achieves that rare blend in 1917. The director saturates his film's audience in the horrors of World War One using a rare single-shot narrative. Because of this choice, 1917 is more of a psychological thriller than a traditional war movie. It is also the best epic to emerge from a year of instant classic tales like The Irishman and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
The 2020 Oscar nominations are in. Along with some disappointments and celebrations, there was a lot of the usual debate about this year's Academy Awards. Here are 8 thoughts on the celebration of the year in film:
2019 was a movie year marked by its best stories: J-Lo leading lady Goodfellas, an all-time great whodunnit, a razor sharp high school comedy, and epic depictions of two of the 20th Century's most notorious crimes. Ranking all 22 comes with glaring omissions like 1917 and Joker, two films that would likely place somewhere in the top... Continue Reading →
Netflix’s The Highwaymen stars Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as two Texas Rangers chasing Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Despite big name leads and an all-time premise, the John Lee Hancock film is unfortunately a stale depiction of the hunt for the most romanticized crime duo in American history.
Strip clubs and Wall Street are different worlds, but the two converge in the movie Hustlers. The crime flick starring Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez is much more compelling than a glance at a movie trailer would indicate. It is a smart, compact film with dynamic leads and a unique premise.
Watching true crime stories is an intense viewing experience. The violence of the acts are enough to provoke nausea, frustration, and grief. Here are true crime documentaries on Netflix that make you wonder WTF?
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.