Bodies, Bodies, Bodies

Film Title

Bodies, Bodies, Bodies

Synopsis

Spoiled rich kids find bodies during a hurricane party

Director

Halina Reijn

Cast

Amandla Stenberg
Maria Bakalova
Rachel Sennott
Chase Sui Wonders
Pete Davidson

It’s award consideration season, so here’s my consideration. Synopsis What a game of Among Us would look like if it was a feature-length film, but everyone playing was an asshole and some of them actually die. Writing There is a lot of talk that the movie satirizes Gen-Z, but I call bullshit. It satirizes spoiled […]

Emancipation

Film Title

Emancipation

Synopsis

A runaway slave attempts to escape his former masters

Director

Antoine Fuqua

Cast

Will Smith
Ben Foster
Charmaine Bingwa
Ronnie Gene Blevins

It’s award consideration season, so here’s my consideration. Synopsis A history lesson behind the famous “scourged back” photo (circa 1863) of Peter Gordon, a slave who escaped bondage in 1863. Now with more action. Writing I’ve done a bit of research to find out how much is truly known of Peter Gordon’s escape from slavery. […]

Violent Night

Film Title

Violent Night

Synopsis

Stupid is as stupid does (or Hopper gets a hammer)

Director

Tommy Wirkola

Cast

David Harbour
Trudy Lightstone
John Leguizamo
Alex Hassell
Alexis Louder
Beverly D'Angelo

“Violent Night” – Stupid is as stupid does (or Hopper gets a hammer). All the information you need to decide if Violent Night is worth your money is right there in the movie poster. It’s like Sharknado. Your initial reaction is either “hell no – that sounds stupid” or “hell yeah – that sounds STOO-pid!” […]

The Fabelmans

Film Title

The Fabelmans

Synopsis

It’s not Fabelman. It’s Fabel-Man. He’s a fable…man

Director

Steven Spielberg

Cast

Michelle Williams
Paul Dano
Gabriel LaBelle
Judd Hirsch
Seth Rogen
Chole East

After watching The Fabelmans, I wondered what certain directors’ childhoods might look like. I imagine Martin Scorsese had a nanny who was also a hitman. Baz Luhrmann rarely ate food that wasn’t laced with LSD. George Romero constantly buried his friends on the beach. Quentin Tarantino definitely tortured animals. Stanley Kubrick was the kid in […]

Devotion

Film Title

Devotion

Synopsis

Climb just a little higher

Director

J.D. Dillard

Cast

Johnathan Majors
Glenn Powell
Thomas Sadowski
Christina Jackson
Joe Jonas
Spencer Neville

“Devotion” – Climb just a little higher. Every year there seem to be a pair of movies, sometimes even multiple pairs, that are doppelgangers of each other. Deep Impact and Armageddon. The Prestige and The Illusionist. Or my personal favorite, Turner and Hooch and K-9. Come on – two buddy cop movies where one buddy […]

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Film Title

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Synopsis

Benoit Blanc travels to Greece for his latest caper

Director

Rian Johnson

Cast

Daniel Craig
Edward Norton
Kate Hudson
Dave Bautista
Ethan Hawke
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Hugh Grant

As we enter the homestretch of 2022, the never-ending debate over good sequels vs. bad sequels vs. Hollywood-has-no-creativity gets a new entry – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. I don’t know how people from that third group keep getting into this debate, but we really need to change the locks. With those cranks out […]

Black Adam

Film Title

Black Adam

Synopsis

After 5,000 years, Black Adam is freed from his tomb.

Director

Jaume Collet-Serra

Cast

Dwyane Johnson
Pierce Bronsan
Aldis Hodge
Sarah Shahi
Henry Winkler
Noah Centinio

“Black Adam” – Hit puree! As of November 1, 2022, James Gunn and Peter Safran will take the reins of DC Studios (formerly DC Films). And not a moment too soon. The DCEU is widely considered a disaster and currently exists as the punchline on Marvel Studio’s doormat. Including Black Adam, there are twelve movies […]

Armageddon Time

Film Title

Armageddon Time

Synopsis

A boring and pointless coming of age story

Director

James Gray

Cast

Anne Hathaway
Anthony Hopkins
Banks Repeta
Jeremy Strong
Andrew Polk
Tova Feldshuh

“Armageddon Time” – What was I saying? The IMDb synopsis of Armageddon Time is “A deeply personal coming-of-age story about the strength of family and the generational pursuit of the American Dream.” The movie poster for Armageddon Time features the tagline “The end of an era. The beginning of everything.” Such grandiose statements sound like […]

Memorable Movie Scenes: Part 14

Movie: The Usual Suspects The lineup scene in The Usual Suspects may be only the second-best scene in the movie, but is easily the most recognizable of the film. The scene begins with five men trudging into a police station’s lineup room, the men clearly annoyed at this inconvenience. Narrating the scene is Verbal (Kevin […]

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

Film Title

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

Synopsis

You’re right, no human being would stack books like that

Director

Josh Gordon/Will Speck

Cast

Constance Wu
Bardem Javier
Scoot McNairy
Shawn Mendes
Winslow Fegley

“Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” – You’re right, no human being would stack books like that. Raise your hand if you’ve heard of the children’s book Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile. Okay…raise your hand if you’ve heard of the upcoming film of the same title. Ummm…raise your hand just so I know you are still conscious. Phew! You had […]