Many attempt to mix the outwardly-delicious peanut butter and chocolate tone of comedy and horror, and there are many good ones—“Shaun of the Dead” “Cabin In The Woods,” “Get Out,” the “Evil Dead” films, etc.— but it’s actually a deceptively tricky genre hybrid to get right. For all the classics, much like horror, there’s a lot of cheap, garish junk that gets churned out each year that hurts the overall quality score.Read More
With one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces hitting the big screen twice this awards season with Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood’, and James Gray’s ‘Ad Astra’, It’s time to take a look at Brad Pitt’s most recognizable performances.Read More
James Gray’s films have a classicist approach that one can easily categorize them as conventional, but don’t be fooled by what you’re seeing, as it is incredibly hard to pull off what Gray did in “Lost City of Z” and, especially, “Two Lovers” (his two best movies). The near mythical themes of those films have given him an auteur-ial stamp, a distinguishable trait for a director that seems to be obsessed with old-school Hollywood storytelling and the romanticism that comes with it.Read More
Cory Finley’s “Bad Education” starring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, one of the best films I saw at TIFF this year, has been struggling to find a buyer ever since its premiere last week. Most were blaming a volatile and unpredictable movie market dominated by franchises, especially after all those Sundance Box-Office duds happened this past summer. However, Finley’s film was finally bought today by HBO for an astounding $16.5million [via Deadline]. This officially makes it ineligible for Oscar contention since it will be premiering on television. A real shame if you ask me since Jackman gives the best performance of his career.Read More
Can’t really complain about a poster that says it’s a “Martin Scorsese Picture” and features classic mob poses from Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Can’t wait to see this next Friday.Read More
Post-TIFF/Telluride/Venice we have a better picture of the contenders at hand for Oscar glory. Today I’ll be concentrating on the list of contenders for Best Picture. Look for the other categories to be posted in the days ahead, but I have a decided to split the films into five necessary categories.Read More
I am not in the least bit surprised by today’s news that Universal has decided to contract M. Night Shyamalan for two new untitled thrillers that will be released in 2021 and 2023, respectively. There’s no word on what the plot of the films might be. However, I am hopeful that this second chance comeback from the writer-director will yield some fruitful results and return him to the glory days of his first two films … or things could get out-of-hand again and Shyamalan’s cinematic ego could result in Lady in the Water 2.0.Read More
I’m not sure what to make of these “Ford v Ferrari” reviews, which are all mostly positive but with restraint praise. I, on the other hand, won’t restrain myself in saying it’s one of the most joyously entertaining big-studio pictures of the year.Read More
“It: Chapter Two” managed to keep its reign at the top spot of the box-office with a $41 million weekend intake. The Andy Muschietti-directed sequel has managed to become a blockbuster hit with close to $153 million in receipts since its opening more than 14 days ago — all this despite less-than-stellar reviews and the fact that it has a three hour runtime.Read More
Unsurprisingly, Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” won the coveted TIFF people’s choice audience award today. I should have predicted this on-print days earlier because I was part of the minority that believed a ‘Jojo’ win would happen. Why? Well, quite simply, much like last year’s winner “Green Book,” Waititi’s film was the most enthusiastically received by the Toronto crowd. It helped that there were ‘Jojo’ banners and posters stamped everywhere you went on King Street. By all accounts, Festival head Cameron Bailey went that extra mile to make this win happen, but the crowd ate it up. “Jojo” is an unlikely crowd pleaser, even if I, and the majority of film critics, did not think too highly of it.Read More
I tend to stay away from calling a movie or performance the best of any given year, especially when there is still time to go before we reach December 31st. However, I doubt we will be graced with a better performance than Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck in “Joker.” Despite all that we’ve heard about this role, I did not expect the masterful work that Phoenix does here. This performance confirms the 44-year-old actor as the best actor of his generation, and you can add it alongside his other pantheon-worthy work in “The Master,” “Two Lovers,” and “Her”.Read More
Movies about divorce between parents have been around for ages, the same old cliches and tropes that come with the territory used over and over again. And yet, the most acclaimed movie of the festival season is just that.Read More
Sam Mendes‘ 1917 (Universal 12.25) will be test-screened next week in the east coast, a mere three months after shooting wrapped in the U.K. It’s no doubt one of the very last films left to to be screened this year before top 10 lists could be worked on by critics and end-of-year awards start being given out. An AFI bow is expected for “1917”, alongside the other 2 buzzed films left to be seen, Jay Roach’s “Bombshell,” and Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women.” Not many are ready to add Rob Marshall’s “Cats” as a potential contender, especially after the negative reaction the trailer got back in July. Ditto “Queen & Slim,” which I am told is a cinch to premiere at AFI.
In 2011, Bruce Springsteen started recording the album Western Stars, only to sideline the project for an E-Street Band tour. Recording sessions eventually continued over the years, the album was completed in 2018 and the belated release this year was met with glowing reviews. But Western Stars wasn’t backed by a tour, the first time the musician skipped the road on an album since his 1982 folk acoustic landmark, Nebraska.