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“Dunkirk” is a towering achievement from Christopher Nolan

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[...]

“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” offers a visually stimulating universe

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[...]

Teaser Trailer for “The Disaster Artist” suggests a laugh riot

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[...]

R.I.P. Martin Landau and George A. Romero

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.[...]

Updated Oscar predictions for July

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[...]

“Darkest Hour” Trailer suggests Gary Oldman is all in for awards

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[...]

Quentin Tarantino’s next film could be about the Manson Murders

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[...]

Can “War for the Planet of the Apes” be a real contender for a Best Picture nomination?

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[...]

“The Beguiled”, “The Big Sick”, and “The Hero”: Oscar hopefuls from the first half of 2017

As we move forward through the second half of the year, it’s worth looking back once more on the first half of 2017. The year has generally been considered to be light on awards type fare, though that’s not necessarily true. To be sure, nothing came out of the Sundance[...]

“A Ghost Story” represents the epitome of summer counter programming

Back in January at the Sundance Film Festival, one of the more anticipated titles to debut was David Lowery’s latest. It was the spooky sounding A Ghost Story, which reunited Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara with the filmmaker. Folks in Park City were surprised, and in many cases, delighted, to[...]
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