2017 is about halfway over, and there have been many movies that have already made their way in and out of theaters. Some good (see below). Some not so good (Transformers: The Last Knight, most recently).
Let us ignore the bad and focus on what has made the cinema a worthwhile experience in 2017 thus far (in chronological order by release date).
The stigma on the shoulders of M. Night Shyamalan has only grown over the years. The general downward trajectory of his films has caused many detractors, and by and large those detractors Continue reading 10 Best Movies of 2017 (So Far)
Three high-profile releases are on the horizon for this upcoming weekend: Warner Bros.’ The LEGO Batman Movie, Universal’s Fifty Shades Darker, and Lionsgate’s John Wick 2. These three movies all open on a pre-Valentine’s Day weekend with a lot of box office potential.
With the January reign of M. Night Shayamalan’s Split coming to a close (the film pulled in $14.4 million last weekend, still a #1 finish), these three films are vying to take its place.
With Rings, last weekend’s number two finisher, being a disappointment, it is not hard to see it Continue reading Weekend Box Office Predictions: 2/10-2/12
The cold open to M. Night Shyamalan’s new venture, Split, features an intriguing mix of directorial choices. There is a Hitchcockian motivated mobile POV, one that starts as an innocent track. There are motivated pans and tilts that follow our protagonist Casey’s (Anya Taylor-Joy) increasingly cautious gazes. There is a sense of impending dread with each edit.
This opening kidnapping was shown in almost its entirety in Split‘s trailer, which presents the premise of a man with multiple personalities (James McAvoy) who steals away three teenage girls (Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, and Taylor-Joy). Ignore the ridiculous notion that Continue reading Split (2017) Movie Review
As promised, we will look now at the most anticipated films of 2017 that are NOT sequels, reboots, franchises, etcetera, etcetera. It is admittedly harder to know what non-franchise films will rise to the surface this far in advance. Some of these films are still big budget affair, and this is because of this point that it is hard to know what indie films will be coming in 2017. Also, it feels more likely that this list will feature some clunkers, films that look good in theory or in a trailer that end up being misfires.
Either way, let’s take a look. Continue reading Most Anticipated Films of 2017 (NO SEQUELS!)