66/100: for 1:08 of Its 2:01 Running Time “Mandy” Is a Boring Slog

It’s Shakespeare Death Metal after Nicolas Cage’s girlfriend gets taken, but getting to the longest ever opening title cut over an hour in is an $8.95 VOD investment I cannot recommend. It’s a late night streaming oddity that definitely isn’t my taste but I appreciate the unique visual style, even if the 80’s throwback tone…

In “Closer”, ‘Sharp Objects’ Offers Up Two Anti-Climaxes

I knew this show is a slow burn but where’s the heat? No episode except “Ripe” (#4) has approached the pilot in quality. “Closer” flirts with shifting action before closing up any major inflicted wounds. It’s a shock any disaster at the Calhoun Day festival seems like business as usual for Wind Gap. Amma runs…

Denzel Sequelizes The Equalizer

I don’t think there is any actor who is as effortlessly charismatic as Denzel Washington. Put his character which often doubles for his personality in any situation and he can act like he belongs. Denzel carries The Equalizer II even more so than the overrated first film which got a few style points off being…

The Pixar Factory Does Another Nostagic Reprint in ‘Incredibles 2’

Out of all the sequels Pixar fans have been clamoring for the most, Incredibles 2 easily tops the list. To the fact that superhero movies are even more popular than they were 13 and a half years ago when the original debuted the year of Spider-Man 2, it’s a bit disappointing this film doesn’t have more to say about…

With ‘Solo’, the Star Wars Brand Hits a New Low

There was a lot of skepticism in the air going into this movie; the changing of directors midway through and Academy Award Winner Ron Howard, arguably the most accomplished director to helm a Star Wars movie re-shooting about 80% of the film. Accepting the increasingly event-less nature Disney has made Star Wars, I went into…

Deadpool 2 is an enjoyable movie, but not a very good one

Twentieth Century Fox Presents in Association with Marvel Entertainment, a film by David Leitch, Produced by Simon Kinberg, “Deadpool 2“ starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz, Music by Tyler Bates, Editing by Craig Alpert, Elisabet Ronaldsdottir, and Dirk Westervelt Written By Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese, and Ryan Reynolds What do we…

Does the 1982 Eddie Murphy classic “48 Hrs.” hold up today?

One of the only podcasts I listen to is The Rewatchables. Many film podcasts usually contain hosts with an infuriating lack of film knowledge and haven’t done their research, but each episode of The Rewatchables that I’ve listened to checks its references. In discussing Walter Hill’s 1982-directed, Joel Silver-produced, Eddie Murphy starring debut 48 hrs., host Bill Simmons in…

Want a Fun Movie Recommendation with a few laughs? Go See ‘Game Night’!

Well-directed/ scripted & cast, the comedy’s willingness to try but not too hard is what makes it a winner. A complaint I’ve held about major comedies of late, is that they aren’t really movies so much as they are a sketch vehicles that deliver jokes almost exclusively through dialogue. There’s usually very little directorial effort…