Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Kong: Skull Island Lays the Foundation for a Monster Franchise

Kong: Skull Island is a prequel of sorts, though probably not in the way you’re expecting. Then again, if you’ve kept up with, well, the internet, the secret’s been out for some time. Kong will face Godzilla in 2020, so Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island is the prequel to Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla. We’re about to get a franchise of monster fights that will hopefully provide more knock-down-drag-out awesomeness than other “versus” movies we’ve seen of late. Continue reading “Kong: Skull Island Lays the Foundation for a Monster Franchise”

Hugh Jackman in Logan

Logan Is the Best X-Men Movie (So Far)

As you probably know, Hugh Jackman said this is the last time he’s ever playing Wolverine. He’s played the character for 17 years and has been in all nine X-Men movies (Some were only cameos). For his final performance, he gives us Logan. Talk about going out with a bang. Continue reading “Logan Is the Best X-Men Movie (So Far)”

Get Out (2017)

Get Out: The Best Horror Movie of 2017?

Picture Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner with a dash of Deliverance and a Stepford Wives twist. That’s Get Out in a brilliant nutshell. Written and directed by Jordan Peele (MadTVKey & PeeleKeanu), the film is about racism and black fear. That doesn’t mean white audiences won’t like it or that it’s “reverse racism” (not a thing), but it does mean this film is crafted around the black experience. So calm down, white people. Not everything is about us. Continue reading “Get Out: The Best Horror Movie of 2017?”

Ice Cube and Charlie Day in Fist Fight (2017)

Fist Fight: I Mean, It Is What It Is

“Oh, I thought that movie was called ‘Teacher Fight.'” That’s what the girl behind the ticket counter said when I told her I was seeing Fist Fight. Hilariously, her comment says a lot about this movie in terms of plot because, yep, that’s it. It’s a 90-minute film about two teachers getting into a fight (Thank god they didn’t stretch this out for two hours). Hell, they should’ve just called it Teacher Fight. Continue reading “Fist Fight: I Mean, It Is What It Is”

Asa Butterfield in The Space Between Us (2017)

The Space Between Us Is Dumb and Cheesy, and I’m Weirdly Into It

I totally assumed The Space Between Us was based on a YA novel when I saw the trailer. Turns out, it’s not. It’s an original screenplay and story written by Allen Loeb (Just Go with It, Collateral Beauty). And while the script might be a hot mess riddled with plot holes, convenient “get from Point A to Point B” solutions, and dated slang that feels more 2005 than 2034, I can’t bring myself to give it the hate that other reviewers have been (The movie’s at 15% on Rotten Tomatoes as of writing this). I guess what I’m saying is I’m grading on a curve since this isn’t another remake or sequel. Continue reading “The Space Between Us Is Dumb and Cheesy, and I’m Weirdly Into It”

Taraji P. Henson in Hidden Figures (2016)

We Need More Movies Like Hidden Figures

Can we take a moment to bask in how truly awesome this movie’s existence is? Not only does it star three women of color in leading roles (and none of them play slaves or servants), but it also tells the story of women working as NASA mathematicians, programmers, and engineers. And it’s based on real people and events from the 1960s. And it covers racism and sexism in the workplace and how women of color are discriminated against more than men of color and white women. To see this film crush it at the box office is like a giant middle finger to Hollywood. Now you guys can’t use the shitty excuse that women (specifically, women of color) don’t sell at the box office anymore because RECEIPTS. Continue reading “We Need More Movies Like Hidden Figures”

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land (2016)

La La Land: A Bittersweet Love Letter to Old Hollywood

Since its premiere at Venice Film Festival, La La Land has been everywhere, and for good reason. Directed by Damien Chazelle (of the Oscar-winning Whiplash), La La Land is like a giant love letter to Old Hollywood musicals like Singin’ in the Rain and An American in Paris. With fantastic original music, tributes to classic films from the 1940s-1960s, and a charming duo with great chemistry, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that La La Land has been nominated for Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards—and I have no doubt we’ll see it at the 89th Academy Awards, too. Continue reading “La La Land: A Bittersweet Love Letter to Old Hollywood”