The Best of the First Half of 2017

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“Detroit” is the best film of 2017 so far

Mon, Jul 24 2017


Last week was probably the best week of the year for me yet, screening wise. Not only did I lay eyes on Dunkirk at last, but I also got a chance to see Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film. That film, in case you’re not aware, is Detroit and it quickly stood up next to Dunkirk as the class of 2017. In fact, I think Bigelow’s mo ... READ MORE
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Trailer drops for Guillermo del Toro’s latest “The Shape of Water”

Fri, Jul 21 2017


Earlier this week, a Trailer hit the web for auteur Guillermo del Toro’s next film, the unique looking The Shape of Water. The filmmaker is one of the more singular storytellers in the business, never taking an obvious route. This hybrid creature feature/love story is unlike anything else out there in the winter months. What that me ... READ MORE
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“Dunkirk” is a towering achievement from Christopher Nolan

Thu, Jul 20 2017


When it was announced that filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s next project was going to be a World War II epic, it was hard not to respond with some degree of snark that the director had finally gone all in on getting the Academy to notice him. Well, Oscar damn well might come calling this time for Nolan, since I’ve seen this film, ... READ MORE
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“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” offers a visually stimulating universe

Wed, Jul 19 2017


The bigger the budget, the safer a film usually ends up playing things. It’s rare that anything approaching blockbuster status feels risky or revolutionary. Most of the time, big time summer fare especially feels as generic and safe as possible. Every so often though, a release hits that has a huge budget and yet also seems like a g ... READ MORE
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Teaser Trailer for “The Disaster Artist” suggests a laugh riot

Tue, Jul 18 2017


Among modern day cult films, The Room stands tall. Not since The Rocky Horror Picture Show has a midnight movie captured audience adoration like Tommy Wiseau’s “masterpiece”. Even in Hollywood, it’s an iconic picture. As such, it was never a huge shock that a look at its inception was going to receive the cinematic ... READ MORE
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R.I.P. Martin Landau and George A. Romero

Mon, Jul 17 2017


Yesterday, the film world lost a pair of legends as reports came in that both Martin Landau and George A. Romero had passed away over the weekend. These two titans of the industry impacted Hollywood in very different ways, but both left an indelible mark on cinema, that’s for sure. One was an actor whose career spanned decades, incl ... READ MORE
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Updated Oscar predictions for July

Fri, Jul 14 2017


As the weather gets hotter and hotter, thoughts of the Academy Awards begin percolating in my mind. It’s always there, of course, but now, officially in the second half of the year, it feels time to get down to business, as it were. Summer counter programming is out and hoping to catch the eye of voters as they enjoy the months befo ... READ MORE
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“Darkest Hour” Trailer suggests Gary Oldman is all in for awards

Thu, Jul 13 2017


Oscar voters have long shown an affinity for World War II. Furthermore, members of the Academy make no secret how baity a good biopic is to them. Earlier, we finally got a Trailer for a film that checks off all of those boxes. It’s Darkest Hour, the Winston Churchill biopic that seems tailer made for awards season. As an added bonus ... READ MORE
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Quentin Tarantino’s next film could be about the Manson Murders

Wed, Jul 12 2017


Yesterday, some really interesting news began to spread throughout Hollywood. When it comes to some filmmakers, even the mere speculation that a new idea is percolating brings with it a rush of anticipation Apparently, the next movie project from Quentin Tarantino is closer than we think, and may actually be about Sharon Tate and the Char ... READ MORE
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Can “War for the Planet of the Apes” be a real contender for a Best Picture nomination?

Tue, Jul 11 2017


A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a whole piece up on Matt Reeves’ conclusion to the Planet of the Apes franchise when I heavily praised War for the Planet of the Apes. Now, as a follow up with it hitting theaters this week, it’s time to go a bit deeper. It’s one of the best reviewed films of the year so far, but can it con ... READ MORE
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