Wes Anderson – Ranked

"I like to do things that are a little surrealistic but with characters who are real. So that, even if things are a little unusual, the emotions will come through anyway." - Wes Anderson Surreal and unusual are two words that can be used to accurately describe Wes Anderson's films but the reason I really appreciate … Continue reading Wes Anderson – Ranked

Portrait of a Lady on Fire Is 2019’s Hidden Masterpiece – Review

I've heard a lot about Céline Sciamma's fourth feature film, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, over the course of the past few months. It became a favorite of many film critics once the film started playing on the festival circuit. It even won the Best Screenplay award at the Cannes film festival back in … Continue reading Portrait of a Lady on Fire Is 2019’s Hidden Masterpiece – Review

Cameron Crowe – Ranked

Cameron Crowe is one of the more interesting filmmakers of the last 30 years. He has made some beloved films, but one cannot write about the career of Crowe without acknowledging the incredible peaks and valleys that exist within his filmography — as well as the fact that he hasn't really made a great movie in … Continue reading Cameron Crowe – Ranked

Downhill: Frequently Entertaining, Ultimately Underwhelming – Review

The writing, directing team of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash are the minds behind one of my favorite films of 2013, The Way Way Back. Finally, after seven years, they have released their second film, a remake of the french film Force Majeure entitled Downhill. The excellent way they blended comedy and drama in their 2013 debut greatly … Continue reading Downhill: Frequently Entertaining, Ultimately Underwhelming – Review

Why Birds of Prey Struggled at the Box Office, and An Examination of the Current State of DC Films

So, Birds of Prey has been available to the public for only four days, and already has a new title. The film's original title, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), was changed after a disappointing opening weekend at the box office. The film is now called Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey. Like I … Continue reading Why Birds of Prey Struggled at the Box Office, and An Examination of the Current State of DC Films

Wait, What?: 2020 Oscar’s Instant Reactions and Quick Thoughts

(Opening #1: I went 17 for 21, Good Job Shane) (Opening #2: We Had To Watch The Grammys For The Academy To Finally Reward The Right Movie.) The Real Opening: We Love Bong Joon-Ho. Best Picture Reaction: I wrote in my Oscar's prediction blog, "I’m curious to see if the Academy goes in a bold new direction … Continue reading Wait, What?: 2020 Oscar’s Instant Reactions and Quick Thoughts

2020 Academy Awards: Predictions and Picks

Well, it's finally that time. The 92nd Oscar's take place this Sunday night. This feel like one of the most predictable Oscar years in recent memory. The four acting categories seem to have been decided over a month ago, and there are clear frontrunners for Best Picture and Best Director as well. Not too many … Continue reading 2020 Academy Awards: Predictions and Picks

Celebrating The Films of 2019 With Awards That Don’t Exist at The Oscar’s

The Oscar's are only a few days, but I decided to give out some of my own awards before then. As we all know, the Oscar's can only nominate so many films each year, and they tend to omit many films, filmmakers, and actors that deserve recognition and celebration. So, I have decided to create … Continue reading Celebrating The Films of 2019 With Awards That Don’t Exist at The Oscar’s

Explaining and Analyzing The Confusing Way The Academy Chooses Best Picture

The Academy has a very convoluted way of selecting the Best Picture winner, and it's all Batman's fault. Allow me to explain. When the Academy revealed their Oscar nominations in 2009, they were met with great pushback because Christopher Nolan's acclaimed film The Dark Knight did not receive a Best Picture nomination. This caused the … Continue reading Explaining and Analyzing The Confusing Way The Academy Chooses Best Picture

Best Picture Winners From The 2010s – Ranked

The 92nd Academy Awards take place this Sunday. They will honor the films from the final year of the 2010s. Many consider 2019 to be the best movie year of the decade. Personally, I think 2017 is a real competitor, but I would still probably have to give the nod to 2019. It was an … Continue reading Best Picture Winners From The 2010s – Ranked

Paul Thomas Anderson – Ranked

"I had older brothers and sisters who were doing drugs and playing rock music and doing all those insane things. I was watching." - Paul Thomas Anderson A quote like this is so fascinating and illuminating to me when thinking about Paul Thomas Anderson's films and the characters that inhabit them. One of the many … Continue reading Paul Thomas Anderson – Ranked

Marvel Cinematic Universe – Ranked

I’m aware of what Marvel movies are. What I mean by that is I know they’re not the most prestigious form of filmmaking that exists. I know there have been great Marvel movies and I know there have been bad Marvel movies. I know that many of the films follow are extremely formulaic, which can … Continue reading Marvel Cinematic Universe – Ranked

Shia LaBeouf Has Apparently Written A Film About The Life of Kevin Abstract

"Best boy band since One Direction" I read this news today on The Playlist and wanted to share some of my initial thoughts on it because it's honestly one of the more exciting pieces of movie news I've heard in a while. I love BROCKHAMPTON and I love Kevin Abstract. I also think Shia LaBeouf had … Continue reading Shia LaBeouf Has Apparently Written A Film About The Life of Kevin Abstract

Bad Boys For Life: The Blueprint For a New Type of January Release? – Review

For a long time now, January has been known to be a sort-of cinematic garbage can for studios to dump their trash in at the beginning of the year. Every time we turn the calendar from one year to the next we can expect a hoard of bad movies to fill theaters across the country. … Continue reading Bad Boys For Life: The Blueprint For a New Type of January Release? – Review

My 30 Most Anticipated Movies of 2020

(These films are in order of release date.) Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (Dir. Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross) January 24, 2020 A documentary that takes a look at the final moments of a Las Vegas dive bar called "The Roaring 20s" as well as the lives of the patrons and employees. The Ross Brothers are the … Continue reading My 30 Most Anticipated Movies of 2020

Revisiting Joker: A Deep Dive Into 2019’s Most Controversial Film And The Discourse That Has Surrounded It

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to write this. Truthfully, the conversation surrounding Todd Phillips’ Joker had become exhausting about one week after it was released in theaters back in October. In actuality, the conversation that engulfed this film and turned it into such a controversial, divisive moment in American pop culture started weeks before the … Continue reading Revisiting Joker: A Deep Dive Into 2019’s Most Controversial Film And The Discourse That Has Surrounded It

The 2020 Academy Award Nominations – My Reaction

Let’s get the most important thing out of the way first, which is me. I predicted 15 categories on Friday and got 62 correct nominees out of a total 79. Not bad, not great, but I did go 9 for 9 in my best picture so I’m counting that as a success. Now to my … Continue reading The 2020 Academy Award Nominations – My Reaction

Predicting The Nominees For The 2020 Oscars

The 2020 Oscar nominees are going to be announced Monday morning. 2019 was perhaps the best movie year of the decade and one of the best of the past 20 years. If you're a movie fan you should be looking forward to these Oscars. But, as with every year there are bound to be snubs … Continue reading Predicting The Nominees For The 2020 Oscars

2020 Golden Globes Instant Reactions

I'm writing this after spending the entire day drinking while watching football so bear with me, we're gonna make this as short as possible. Let's start with the positives: Phoebe Waller-Bridge won Best Actress in a TV series, Musical or Comedy, and Fleabag won Best Series, Musical or Comedy, so that's dope. (By the way, … Continue reading 2020 Golden Globes Instant Reactions

Why Movie Theaters are Important, and I Still Love Going To Them – My Take

“In my view, the only way to see a film remains the way the filmmaker intended: inside a large movie theater with great sound and pristine picture.”-Ridley Scott I apologize. I don’t mean to start with such a pretentious quote. I apologize for starting with a quote at all, like this is a fucking research … Continue reading Why Movie Theaters are Important, and I Still Love Going To Them – My Take

12 Reasons Disney’s Star Wars Trilogy Failed

I love Star Wars. But I do believe there is a strong case to be made that this new trilogy was a failure. Not a commercial failure obviously as these movies made a ton of money and The Force Awakens still stands as the highest grossing film in terms of domestic box office. But, instead I … Continue reading 12 Reasons Disney’s Star Wars Trilogy Failed

2020 Golden Globe Predictions and Hopes

The Golden Globes are the silliest award show on the planet. If you don't know why, here is an easy way to sum it up. The Oscars, obviously the most "important" annual award show for film, is voted on by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which consists of a voting body of … Continue reading 2020 Golden Globe Predictions and Hopes

No, Marvel Movies Did Not Ruin Hollywood – My Take

If you’ve ever been on film twitter, or the Youtube comment section of a film review/commentary channel, or talked to Martin Scorsese, you may have heard the idea that Marvel is a problem for Hollywood. The theory is based on the idea that Marvel boxes out smaller films, and smaller filmmakers, from receiving attention or … Continue reading No, Marvel Movies Did Not Ruin Hollywood – My Take