Wednesday, September 2, 2015

DreamWorks SKG To Leave Disney And Finally Reunite With Universal?

One of my all-time favorite books centering around Hollywood is The Men Who Would Be King by Nicole LaPorte, a fascinating look at the highs and lows of DreamWorks SKG, a movie studio created by David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg in 1994. The saga of that studio looks to be continuing today, as The Hollywood Reporter notes that DreamWorks is likely looking to bail on their current distribution deal with Disney and go over to Universal.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

War Room Review

Let's start off this review with something legitimately positive; Alex Kendrick and his production company can take serious pride in getting a movie with a non-white lead made before far more high profile studios like PIXAR or Marvel Studios. That's impressive to see, especially given how many Christian movies relegate non-white characters to to being side characters/stereotypes at best. Unfortunately, a diverse cast is pretty much the most positive aspect of War Room I can bring up, as the rest of the feature isn't so much bad (especially on the order of 2014s abysmal God's Not Dead) as it is just plain o'l forgettable.

Eddie Redmayne Discovers Herself In First Trailer For The Danish Girl

The Theory of Everything was the sort of conventional "Oscar-bait" claptrap that always pops up at movie theaters once the weather turns colder, but I'll say this; Eddie Redmayne was damn good in it. This guy has serious talent and it came through in his performance. That talent looks to be taking him to new places cinematically, as he'll be taking on projects like headlining the Fantastic Beats And Where To Find Them trilogy in the future, but this year does bring a new Redmayne project, The Danish Girl, which has just debuted a trailer that you can watch below.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Review

It's interesting that I watched A Clockwork Orange and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 in the span of a week, as both inhabit a realm fueled on cruelty. Clockwork is fully aware of the depravity that its characters and world thrive on and never try to disguise its main character, Alex, as anything other than a despicable figure we should deeply loathe. On the other hand, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 has a similar streak of savagery, but it instead tries to pass off its various characters and their wicked actions as something we should find endearing.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Straight Outta Compton Tops Box Office Again, While War Room Overperforms And Zac Efrons Newest Movie Breaks Box Office Records

For the third weekend in a row, Straight Outta Compton conquered the box office, this time around with a $13.2 million haul, a 49% dip from last weekend which leads the N.W.A. box office to a current domestic box office total of $134 million. However, it wasn't the only major success story at the box office to discuss this weekend, no siree. The newest film from the team who brought the world Fireproof and Courageous unleashed a new Christian movie, War Room, on the populace this weekend.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The End Of The Tour Review

You know how they say to never meet your heroes? Well, that's just what David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) is off to do, as he's gotten the chance to interview David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) for the Rolling Stone magazine. Meeting the famous author at the tail end of a press tour for his newest book is an interesting experience for Lipsky, mainly because Wallace defies his expectations at every twist and turn in their brief but tremendous time together.

Friday, August 28, 2015

New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Footage Is Short, But Also Quite Impressive And Exciting!!

Is a 15 second teaser of Star Wars: The Force Awakens really enough for an entire article? Is this what we, the online media, have come to? Is this the nadir of journalism?

To all those questions I say: perhaps an argument could be made for all of those ideas. But frankly, the 15 second footage that us unveiled in this new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser is pretty damn exciting to me and I'm sure many of the readers of this piece, so why the hell shouldn't I share my thoughts on it? Maybe the length of the content traditionally wouldn't justify a piece, but the excitement surrounding this film most definitely does. Anywho, as you might have guessed, some new footage from that upcoming J.J. Abrams film has come online via Instagram and you can watch it below!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Clockwork Orange Review (Classic Write-Up)

One of the numerous elements of Stanley Kubricks films that has endured as a staple of cinematic discussion is the lofty ideas and themes present in his motion pictures. 2011: A Space Odyssey charted out the history of mankind while taking the fears that many in the 1960's had of newfound technology and personifying those fears into HAL. Dr. Strangelove hinges its entire plot on Cold War paranoia, and then came his 1971 film A Clockwork Orange, which tackles ideas related to politics as well as the concept of free will.

First Image Of Michael Fassbender As The Lead Of The Assassins Creed Movie Revealed!

It's taken years of development, but it looks like the Michael Fassbender starring feature film based on the Assassins Creed video games is officially a-go. Set for a Christmas Day 2016 release, 20th Century Fox has today released the first image (via Yahoo Movies) of the films main character being played by Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender. Check out the image as well as the name of this new character (yes, he's all new to the universe of Assassin's Creed) below!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Love The Coopers Hopes You'll Love Their First Trailer

CBS Films (the beloved studio responsible for such films as Inside Llewyn Davis and The Back-Up Plan) released the first trailer for their upcoming Christmas comedy, Love The Coopers. This movie looks to play by the equation of "holiday+ensemble cast=money" that Garry Marshalls Valentines Day and New Years Eve played by (that director will return to that style of storytelling with next years Mothers Day). You can check out the trailer for the newest film from director Jessie Nelson (her last directorial effort was 2001 Sean Penn drama I Am Sam).

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

American Ultra Review

Reuniting six years after the underrated 2009 feature Adventureland (and a year before the two again come together for Woody Allens 2016 effort), Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart have managed to become indie film mainstays in the years since, with especially Stewart developing a large following for her recent dramatic acting forays. Seeing the duo in the comedic feature American Ultra doesn't yield the best results either actors has ever seen, but it does work as a charming and inventive production, no denying that.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Straight Outta Compton Rules The Box Office Again While Sinister 2 And Hitman: Agent 47 Miss The Mark

Well, those late August doldrums have officially set in, with Straight Outta Compton ruling over one of the weakest weekends of the year. Though three new releases entered the marketplace, none of them got over $12 million and all underwhelmed relative to middling expectations. That meant F. Gary Grays rave-reviewed N.W.A. biopic got to hang onto the top of the box office again, dipping 56% and grossing $26.7 million in its second frame for a $111.4 million total.