5 Things to Know Before Seeing X-Men: Apocalypse

With the upcoming May release of X-Men: Apocalypse, the latest in the long-running superhero franchise of films, you might find yourself asking just what the f**k is going on with this cinematic universe. And you’re not the only one. Here are five things that might help you prepare for the film.

 

1. The X-Men Timeline is Messy, But That Makes Your Life Easier

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The X-Men film franchise is huge at this point: eight films spanning 16 years. One could be forgiven for forgetting what happened way back in that first trilogy of films, and the fact of the matter is Continue reading 5 Things to Know Before Seeing X-Men: Apocalypse

Keanu (2016) Movie Review

After his girlfriend breaks up with him, Rell (Jordan Peele, also co-writer) comes across cute kitten Keanu, who proves to be the saving grace from his post-breakup blues.

Rell gets unnaturally attached to Keanu, to the point that when the cat is kidnapped (dare I say cat-napped?) by gangster outfit the 17th St. Blips, he and cousin Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key) must infiltrate the gang and literally save the cat.

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The lion’s share of comedy in Keanu derives from Continue reading Keanu (2016) Movie Review

2016 Summer Box Office Predictions

Last year, I took part in a game of Summer box office predictions. The end result was that I won a competition at Trivia Club with said predictions, which was a huge surprise because I didn’t even get the number one film correct. Thanks, Trivia Club!

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Long story short, I just don’t know when to get out. Below you will find my predictions for what 10 films will get the highest take at the domestic box office in Summer 2016, followed by a bit of explanation on my choices. But first, Continue reading 2016 Summer Box Office Predictions

Weekend Box Office Predictions: 4/29 – 5/1

The weekend of 4/29/2016 sees three new wide releases: KeanuMother’s Day, and Ratchet & Clank. The first is the big screen debut of Key & Peele stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele as leads. The second is the next film in the Garry Marshall-verse. And the third is a video game adaptation. Let’s get into it.

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Mother’s Day has the widest release of the three (3,035 according to Box Office Mojo), but Marshall’s box office record is Continue reading Weekend Box Office Predictions: 4/29 – 5/1

Green Room (2016) Movie Review

In Green Room, a group of young and conceited punk rockers travel to one last unscheduled gig after their tour bottoms out. The White Supremacist punk scene of the club proves to be more shady than it first appears. The mosh pit is slowed to a balletic chaos as they perform. The atmosphere of the audience is unforgiving. And the green room backstage is an environment of violent undoing.

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The film, like the music it portrays, is unrefined, but it is a purposefully stylized unrefined. The low key lighting and grimy aesthetic is what has become “torture porn chic.”

What writer-director Jeremy Saulnier, whose 2013 microbudget indie thriller Blue Ruin received critical success, does differently than torture porn is deliver a Continue reading Green Room (2016) Movie Review

The Philosophy of Antichrist: Expulsion from Eden

Note: This is an in-depth analysis of the 2009 film Antichrist, and, as such, there will be plenty of spoilers for the film. Additionally, the film being discussed here is extremely graphic in nature, and some of these graphic moments are explored in this article. As such, reader discretion is advised.

Note: This is a multi-page article. The links to the subsequent pages often get hidden near the bottom of the page, so just know that the article does not end at the bottom of this page. It is a four-page article.

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Lars von Trier’s 2009 film Antichrist might be the single most divisive movie I’ve come across, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given Continue reading The Philosophy of Antichrist: Expulsion from Eden

Weekend Box Office Predictions: 4/22/2016

This weekend sees just one wide domestic release: The Huntsman: Winter’s War, the sequel to the critically middling but financially successful Snow White and the Huntsman. This first installment won its opening weekend bout with a healthy $56.2 million, but I have a feeling this is the sequel no one asked for. With tepid reviews and healthy runs from films already in theaters, I don’t see The Huntsman taking the top spot in its opening weekend.

Instead, we will likely see  Continue reading Weekend Box Office Predictions: 4/22/2016