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.

A Star Is Born Shows How Talent Elevates A Film

A Star Is Born is the third remake of a premise that first made its way into movie theaters in 1937. Even though the film has already been tweaked for Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, the latest iteration proves how talent elevates a story. Stunning acting by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga keeps the 2018 cut of A Star Is Born relevant.

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.

Music Monday: The Godzilla Soundtrack

During the summer of 1998 I sat in a movie theater in Ocean City, NJ and watched what I thought was an amazing movie. I was twelve years old and everything about Godzilla seemed epic. It was not until about ten years later when I saw a rerun on television that I realized it was actually not a good movie. Two decades years later, the only enduring part of Godzilla is its soundtrack.

Flat Circle 2.0: Taking My Blog To The Next Level

Last week the Flat Circle celebrated its first anniversary. I started the blog a year ago because I felt the urge to find my creative voice. I had hoped that in doing so I would also be able to build a new professional profile. Almost one year after I resumed blogging, I am happy to begin the second phase of the Flat Circle

If You Like Veep, Go See The Death of Stalin

The essence of Armando Iannucci’s The Death Of Stalin is best captured in one early scene. During a late evening dinner engagement Steve Buscemi and Simon Russell Beale start laughing and chest bumping each other. They are acting like children. They look like frolicking idiots.

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