Freddie Mercury lives in the New Trailer for “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Despite the rumored production troubles, a look at the life of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury fascinates me. The musician had an iconic existence, one that could easily be super compelling on screen. Well, this fall, Bohemian Rhapsody will be coming out and hoping to scratch that itch. Ignoring the controversy, this seems like a movie with potential. A new Trailer has dropped for the film, so that’s what we’ll be looking at today. … [Read more...]

Trailer drops for the Oscar hopeful biopic “On the Basis of Sex”

Awards bait biopics lately have had to work hard to avoid induce yawns in audiences. Either a clever take on the person needs to be utilized, or a stylized approach. In the case of On the Basis of Sex, neither seems to be on hand. Instead, it’s the luck of tackling a famous figure who’s still very much in the public eye. In fact, the woman is quite the rock star. With a Trailer dropping yesterday for this Oscar hopeful, now’s a … [Read more...]

“Zombieland 2” is the latest nostalgia tinged sequel to get the green light

Over the weekend, word leaked out that, almost a decade after the original, Zombieland 2 was finally a go. Yes, that long talked about sequel is coming our way. Ever since Zombieland was a hit, a follow up has been discussed. A short lived television series was attempted, but the hope was always to bring back the principals and have another adventure with them. Now, that dream is a reality. Next fall, a Zombieland sequel is coming our way. Fans … [Read more...]

Who are Hollywood’s modern action heroes?

HOLLYWOOD HEROES™: What exactly makes an action hero in 2018? The definition of one has certainly changed over the years. Long gone are the days of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Willis being on the Mount Everest of action stars. Gone too are the days of fun yet low rent options like Jean Claude van Damme, not to mention the glory days for Jackie Chan. So, where does that leave us? Well, that’s just what I’m … [Read more...]

An updated ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for Summer 2018

HOLLYWOOD HEROES™: Now 20 films deep, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently at a pivotal juncture. We’ve already moved past Avengers: Infinity War, with next year’s sequel set to conclude that story. Last week, Ant-Man and the Wasp opened, showcasing another smaller part (no pun intended) of the MCU. With their 2018 slate now concluded, I figured it was a perfect time to re-rank what Kevin Feige has godfathered into existence … [Read more...]

“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” reunites Joaquin Phoenix with Gus Van Sant

Few independent films in 2018 can boast the type of A-list cast that Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot has. In teaming back up with star Joaquin Phoenix for a look at the life of cartoonist John Callahan, filmmaker Gus Van Sant has also brought in Jonah Hill and Rooney Mara for central roles. Usually, indies don’t pull stars like this. Then again, few movies in general are like this one. Back at the Sundance Film Festival … [Read more...]

Rob Reiner: His best films to date

For about 35 years now, Rob Reiner has been a director. For the first decade and a half, he was among the best in the business. Recently? Not so much. That being said, we’re focusing on the good today. Since he’s releasing a new film in the next few days, it feels apt to look at his best work. So, that’s what I’m doing. A full ranking of all of his movies is on the way, with special attention paid to his top features. I … [Read more...]

“Eighth Grade” is an impressive filmmaking debut for Bo Burnham

It seems safe to assume that no one was expecting this out of comedian and actor turned filmmaker Bo Burnham. That’s nothing against him. It merely means that his first effort with crafting cinema is just that good. This week, Burnham makes his directing and writing debut with Eighth Grade, a coming of age story that should hit very close to home. This film works in a tremendously strong way. Depicting this seminal time in a … [Read more...]

Are there any Oscar contenders from the first half of 2018?

We’ve now entered the second half of the year. 2018 so far has yet to really produce any surefire Academy Award players, but that doesn’t mean nothing will make it to the end. As we always do around this time, it’s a good moment to consider what Oscar contenders the first six months of the year could possibly produce. In some years, the Sundance Film Festival helps lead the way. This year, however, while our list will feature … [Read more...]

“Sorry to Bother You” is a masterwork of originality

There’s a sea change of originality to be found within Sorry to Bother You, the best film of the year so far. Not only is it the class of 2018 so far, it’s arguably one of the very best movies of the last five years. The past half decade has had some real great works, and this stands tall alongside them. Boots Riley makes a debut here that is one for the ages. This weekend, when Sorry to Bother You begins its theatrical run, a magical … [Read more...]

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is another fun sized installment for the Marvel Cinematic Universe

HOLLYWOOD HEROES™: The Marvel Cinematic Universe comes in all shapes and sizes…literally. In this particular case, the hero in question has the ability to change shapes and sizes. Opening this week, Ant-Man and the Wasp brings the shrinking star back for more. Notable absent during the events of Avengers: Infinity War, we can pick back up with him, this time with a sidekick, of sorts. The result, according to those who have seen it, is a … [Read more...]

Trailer for “Beautiful Boy” suggests an awards player

Last week, a fairly baity Trailer hit the web. It’s for a film called Beautiful Boy, which hopes to be a big time Oscar contender. The material certainly suggests as much. Having Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet in the lead roles, based on notable and best selling memoirs (yes, more than one, as you’ll see below), it all sounds Academy Award friendly. We’ll find out for sure in the fall, and we’ll be discussing its … [Read more...]

“Eighth Grade” and “Sorry to Bother You”: Movies to see in July

Welcome to July! Now that we’ve full on entered the second half of the year, the films will again start to take two very distinct shapes. On one end of the spectrum will be the summer blockbusters, which have already been going on in earnest, while on the other side will be the smaller movies that are potentially looking to pick up some awards buzz. In fact, July usually is a perfect example of that. We have a Marvel movie hitting screens and … [Read more...]