Much like the year itself, it's hard to look back on film in 2020 without a great deal of complicated emotions. Every aspect of our society was upended by the coronavirus pandemic, including the film industry. Movie theaters across the United States closed their doors in mid-March because of the virus, and while many of … Continue reading Top Ten Films of 2020
"Been there." Every once in a while the rare movie comes along that is not only able to capture the feelings, emotions, and thoughts of an entire generation—but actually portray them on screen in an accurate way. Shithouse, Cooper Raiff's debut film that won this year's SXSW Grand Jury Award, does just that. This film is the … Continue reading Shithouse: A Movie for People who Don’t Know What They are Doing – Review
Whether it's located on a billboard, in a movie theater hallway, a dorm room, or a basement—a spectacular film poster has the ability to grab any movie fan's attention. I have always believed that film posters are much more than just marketing material, they are an art form in their own right. In fact, some … Continue reading The Top 15 Greatest Movie Posters of All Time
Earlier this week, it was announced that Warner Bros. had removed Tenet from its release calendar. This news came as no surprise to film fans, as the rising Covid-19 cases across the United States continue to keep theaters shut down. Still though, this news was a major blow to the exhibition industry, since many cinemas … Continue reading What’s Going on With Tenet, And Should it be Released Online?
2020 has been strange. The coronavirus pandemic has pretty much altered every single aspect of our society in major ways, including the film industry. We've seen the release dates of several 2020 films shift around the calendar (still waiting on you to figure it out Tenet), we've seen next year's Academy Awards be pushed back to … Continue reading At the Halfway Point of the Year, What Are the Top Five Movies of 2020 So Far?
Netflix's claim to the title of "New Age Entertainment King" has remained as strong as ever during quarantine. Even with the recent launch of several new streaming services such as HBO Max and Disney Plus—as well as the existence of longtime competitors like Hulu and Amazon Prime Video—Netflix has found a way to maintain their … Continue reading The Top Ten Netflix Original Movies
It seems as if right after Warner Bros. announced they'd be pushing back the release date of the film that was supposedly going to reopen cinemas, Christopher Nolan's Tenet, theater companies began announcing plans to restore the theatrical experience. In fact, the three biggest theater chains in America have all announced plans to reopen their theaters … Continue reading AMC, Regal, and Cinemark Announce Plans to Open Theaters in July. Will Moviegoers Show Up?
Judd Apatow and Pete Davidson's newest film, The King of Staten Island, is a warm, heartfelt comedy that felt like it was made for the at home viewing experience. While it is certainly not a perfect movie by any means, its strengths outweigh its flaws. The King of Staten Island tells a story that is largely … Continue reading The King of Staten Island is the Best Comedy of the Year – Review
Few cinematic voices carry as much weight in a time like this as Spike Lee's does. Lee has been commenting on, critiquing, and filming the issues currently at the center of our culture for over 30 years. His newest film, Da 5 Bloods—which opens with words from Muhammad Ali and closes with a speech from Martin … Continue reading Da 5 Bloods: It’s Nice to Hear From Spike Lee Right Now – Review
Perhaps no single person has had a bigger impact on the comedy landscape this century than Judd Apatow. Through the absurdly high number of television shows and films that he has written, directed, and produced—Apatow has created a genre unto himself, all while helping launch some of the biggest comedic stars working today. Despite his … Continue reading Judd Apatow – Ranked
As the news media and Twitter have shown us, lots of people around the country are eager to return to public gatherings despite many of the health concerns that they bring. It's clear that spending two months in quarantine with little-to-no human contact has resulted in many people going stir-crazy, and created a need for … Continue reading Are People Actually Going to Show Up to Movie Theaters Once They Reopen? (And Top Five 2020 Films I Would Most Like to See in Theaters)
The Lovebirds was originally scheduled to be released in theaters on April 3, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that obviously didn't happen. Instead, Netflix acquired the film from Paramount during the pandemic, and released it on their streaming service this Friday. I'm grateful Netflix and Paramount found a way to give us this entertainment during … Continue reading The Lovebirds Is Carried By Its Two Leads – Review
What Happened to Movie Stars? It's a fairly well-known fact that movie stars are no longer the primary catalyst behind a film's box office success like they have been in previous decades. Gone are the days of people like Clark Gable, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, or even Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, and Tom Hanks being … Continue reading How Celebrity Killed the Movie Star – My Take
Josh and Benny Safdie's parents got divorced when the two future filmmakers were still very young. Around this time, the Safdie brother's father, Alberto, had them watch the film Kramer vs. Kramer, for the purposes of explaining the situation to his two young sons. A story like this makes it clear that, at an early age, the … Continue reading The Safdie Brothers – Ranked
Since the start of quarantine, movie theater owners have been eagerly waiting for the release of Christopher Nolan's newest film, Tenet. This is because many prognosticators have held the belief that this will be the film to reopen theaters, when its July 17th release date comes around. While many major studio releases—such as Mulan, No Time to … Continue reading Will Christopher Nolan’s Tenet Actually Reopen Theaters in July? (And Bonus List of My Top 5 Films of the Year So Far)
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a tendency to, let's say, behave recklessly when it comes time to select the Oscar winners each year. It is no secret amongst film fans that the Academy usually gets things wrong more often than they get things right. This has been a problem throughout the … Continue reading The Top Ten Biggest Oscar Travesties of All Time
"I make films to explore concepts and raise questions, not to tell the audience what to think." - Yorgos Lanthimos Yorgos Lanthimos has been the mastermind behind some of the most eccentric and idiosyncratic films of the 21st century. A native of Greece, Lanthimos has been considered a pioneering voice in the so-called "Greek Weird … Continue reading Yorgos Lanthimos – Ranked
Cory Finley's impressive second feature, Bad Education, will strike a chord with anyone who enjoys smart, well-made films. However, it will be especially compelling for people from a certain area of this country. This film is based on the true story of the largest school embezzlement scandal in American history, which took place in Roslyn, New … Continue reading Bad Education: The Most Long Island Movie of All Time? – Review
“Every film should have its own world, a logic and feel to it that expands beyond the exact image that the audience is seeing.” - Christopher Nolan Christopher Nolan is certainly responsible for creating some of the most imaginative worlds to be put on screen in the last 20 years. As seen in that quote, … Continue reading Christopher Nolan – Ranked
Obviously, the COVID-19 crisis has caused a lot of problems for theater chains across the country who were forced to shut down their screens indefinitely due to social distancing guidelines. AMC Theatres, America's biggest cinema chain, is no exception. In fact, they seem to be struggling more than most, as many reports have stated recently … Continue reading AMC Is On The Verge Of Bankruptcy, I Miss Movie Theaters, & My Best, Worst, And Strangest Recent Theater Experiences
Aaron Sorkin has been one of the biggest names in TV and film writing since the early 1990's. Throughout his career he has captivated audiences with his distinct, innovative, and dialogue-heavy writing style. Both his television work, which includes shows like The West Wing, Sports Night, and The Newsroom, and his films, including The Social Network, A Few Good Men, Charlie … Continue reading Aaron Sorkin – Ranked
Quarantine Debates II, let's get it. For this edition of Quarantine Debates, I am going to be choosing the single best comedy movie released between the years of 2000 and 2009. With the way the movie industry has changed this past decade, the 2000's may go down as the last great decade for traditional, r-rated … Continue reading Quarantine Debates Vol. II: What Is The Best 2000’s Comedy Movie?
Eliza Hittman's newest film, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, garnered a lot of praise at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Because of that praise, anticipation grew ahead of the film's scheduled March 13th release date. Unfortunately, the film's run in theaters was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic's effect on cinemas around the world. As of today however, … Continue reading Never Rarely Sometimes Always: One of The Best Films of 2020 So Far Is Now Available To Stream At Home – Review
Star Wars is the most iconic franchise in the history of film. Everyone has seen these movies, and more importantly for this blog, everyone has their own rankings of the films. I am consistently impressed by just how long this franchise has been able to remain relevant and captivate generation after generation. George Lucas released … Continue reading Star Wars – Ranked
Since her first film, The Virgin Suicides, debuted theatrically in the United States in 2000, Sofia Coppola has been one of the most interesting American filmmakers of the last 20 years. The daughter of legendary director Francis Ford Coppola has created some of the most stylistic and compelling films of the 21st century. Her catalogue of … Continue reading Sofia Coppola – Ranked