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Because it’s the holidays and a slow time of year around these parts, I figured I’d have a little fun and take a break from contemplating the Grim Reaper’s current mass celebrity killing spree and post this term paper I wrote back in college. Yes, even before this blog existed, and in fact before any blog existed, and even before the internet, I was writing long-winded essays about movies.
Lex Luthor is a rather unique example in this series of Movies that Predicted Trump, in that he actually is based on Trump.
Maybe Trump watched A Face in the Crowd at some point and took that lesson to heart, or maybe he just genuinely returns the love of his audience in a way that Lonesome Rhodes was too cynical and self-aware to be capable of.
Feeling like the end of days is coming? Or perhaps you’re just hoping they are? If so, you might enjoy The 5th Wave, which takes viewers on a post-apocalyptic trip involving aliens, child soldiers, and teenage love triangles.
Rogue One takes a different approach, and is both a prequel and an interquel, taking place between Episodes III and IV (immediately before Episode IV, as it eventually turns out) and details how the Rebellion managed to get hold of the Death Star plans that served as the MacGuffin of the original film.
So on the one hand, these two movies, which were released within less than a year of each other, couldn’t be more different. But given that both were released in the middle of the American Film Renaissance of the 1970s, it can be argued that there's a kinship of sorts between these two classics.
A whole year ago, the world was treated to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first live-action Star Wars movie in over a decade. I sat down to write my review of that film way back then and... nothing. Blank. Couldn’t write it.
The movie does take place in 2021; it’s not too late to start making jump suits and boots a thing. And plastic plaid jackets. Can’t forget those.
The prospect of watching Rogue One---apparently the very first Star Wars film without any Jedi or Force-sensitives among its main characters---becomes all the more exciting. How will the protagonists solve their problems without the help of Force powers? More importantly, how could the absence of any Jedi in a Star Wars film affect the series’ good-versus-evil narrative?
Bob Roberts is a film that could never be made today. This is the kind of stock phrase you see applied to anything made more than a decade ago, usually as a segue into a rant about how much more sensitive our modern society is. Whether this is an indictment of modernity or lambasting an ignorant past is up to whoever's writing the article, but that’s not the reason Bob Roberts could never be made today...
Breaking all rules of political etiquette, a candidate starts behaving outrageously, offending sensibilities with outlandish racially-tinged comments and unhinged acts of buffoonery. Sounds familiar, right? Except the year is not 2015 or 2016 but 1996, and the man in question is a fictional liberal Democrat named Jay Billington Bulworth.
For such a “smart” sci-fi film, Arrival sure hangs its hat on a tenuous understanding of a scientific theory (which it then proceeds to sloppily misapply) in exactly the same way as a stupid sci-fi film would.
The adorably bumbling Newt Scamander arrives by boat in America, which is entirely represented by New York City, which is entirely represented by three square blocks of upper Manhattan.
Welcome to the first in a series of reviews we’re calling Movies that Predicted Trump, where we discuss the films that foretold (in ways both large and small) the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States.
Arrival is raking in decent money and could snag a few major award nominations in the coming months. But even the best movies don't start out brilliant. Agony Booth's fearless team of dumpster divers has discovered the painfully blunt first draft of Eric Heisserer's screenplay...
December is the time of the year that brings yule tidings, whatever the hell those are, along with the studio's most family-friendliest blockbusters and their most Oscar-batiest of awards contenders. The release of another Star Wars film is imminent and looms large over this month's releases, but there are still plenty of other films vying for your hard-earned ticket dollars this December.
I’m about to write a sentence that I (and most of you) would have never imagined that I would write: I think Rules Don’t Apply is a good movie… because it reminds me of The Room.
When we last left Bill and Clementine, Lithuania suffered a major setback in their plot to annex the Moon, but it left the Moon Bug shot to hell. Bill opted to use the “bugdozer” instead, but it only has enough charge for a 150-mile trip, and it’s 200 miles to Farside Five. Fortunately, the bugdozer is built to go over mountains, so it’s time to find a shortcut. The pair head out...
Well, we made it, people. We have reached the third age of Star Wars in cinema. The sci-fi cinematic juggernaut is back, and we'll be getting more Star Wars than ever before. ...And I don’t care.
Like all things, Hollywood has capitalized on our awareness of the prevalence of tropes, clichés, and recurring storytelling patterns by flattering our built-in cynicism and congratulating us for being so clever. For better and for worse, irreverence is now cool.