Despite what box office numbers show, a film can make an impact without having a hero, archvillain, or CGI. Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade is one of these movies. The piece drops its audience into the everyday life of a middle schooler. Viewing preteen experiences in modern times is revelatory despite the unappealing concept of reliving adolescence.
There are few athletes more controversial than Ted Williams. The Splendid Splinter was a generational lightening rod. He was a two time war hero, an enemy of the press and the fans, philanthropist, and curmudgeon. He was also one of the best hitters ever. He is the perfect subject for a film, but no Ted Williams revue could come close to touching his life. Such is the PBS documentary American Masters: Ted Williams.
The Lord Of The Rings novels are among the most beloved epics ever created. The gratifying movie Tolkien reviews the early life of their creator and shows how the author’s love of language and World War I service influenced his eventual masterpieces.
2019 is not Netflix’s first dance with the Academy Awards, but it is the company's most significant year at the Oscars. The streaming service is up for 15 nominations in some of the industry’s most important categories.
A Star Is Born is the third remake of a premise that first made its way into movie theaters in 1937. Even though the film has already been tweaked for Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, the latest iteration proves how talent elevates a story. Stunning acting by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga keeps the 2018 cut of A Star Is Born relevant.
Warner Brothers released the trailer for the Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga movie A Star Is Born yesterday. The film will be the third remake of a 1937’s A Star Is Born and is Cooper’s directorial debut. If the trailer is any indication, this will be an immensely popular movie that generates considerable Oscar buzz.
March was a busy month for discovering new things. For the first time ever, I watched all nine Best Picture Nominees. Other highlights of March include a fantastic debut record from Philly’s own Queen of Jeans and two great podcasts: Friendly Fire and American History Tellers.
Sometimes you can take what happens in your own backyard for granted. Until recently, the list of horror films created in Pennsylvania is more incredible than I realized. Twisted Philly, the City of Brotherly Love’s most macabre-learning podcast, recently examined a handful of flicks that were shot in the Keystone State in the episode Horror In Twisted... Continue Reading →
Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is not a conventional war film. The movie uses sparse dialogue and stunning visuals to convey the feelings of the people involved in the Dunkirk evacuation of 1940. There is no saving Private Ryan. No guns of Navarone. No Patton. It is a simplified version of The Longest Day that is brought... Continue Reading →
The template for war films has been well-established for decades. The audience either follows a likeable group of Average Joe soldiers as they go about their business or admires generals as they plot out genius strategies. Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is not a conventional war film. The movie uses sparse dialogue and stunning visuals to convey... Continue Reading →