Not since the Safdie Brothers 2017 film “Good Time” have I seen such an anxiety inducing film as “Uncut Gems.” The film follows Howard Ratner, an unfaithful, degenerate gambling addict in New York City.
The new year started with the exciting news that actor-phenom Timothée Chalamet will play folk icon Bob Dylan in a biopic directed by James Mangold. The film supposedly will focus on Dylan’s transition from folk to rock music.
What makes a bad movie? When thinking about this question, I like to contemplate a variety of factors. I consider how bad the acting is, how underdeveloped story is, and how often the director disrespects the audience’s intelligence.
I also like to think about how true the movie is to its intended genre. Is the horror movie scary? Is the comedy funny? Sure, these are subjective standards. What I find funny, you may not and vice versa. However, I think the true test of how bad a movie is depends on how you react during the film. Are you constantly checking the time on your phone? Does it take multiple viewings to get through the movie?
I will be the first to admit that I have not seen the most movies about journalism, especially ones made before the 21st century. However, it is without doubt one of my favorite genres to watch, especially when done well. Well-crafted dialogue, a sharp attention to detail and charming characters are hallmarks of the genre.
The 2020 Oscar nominations were announced yesterday. All in all, I do not have too many qualms with the academy’s choices. My issue comes more so with the fact that the Oscars were moved up nearly a month, and the lack of consideration for movies to release before the Fall. Of the nine films nominated for best picture, only Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” opened before September.
It’s been six years since the hit show breaking bad concluded. Many regard the finale as one of best of all time, myself included. However, for as good as it was, there was always one questions lingering: What happened to Jesse? The final time we see him in the finale he is busting through the fence of the Nazi compound in Todd’s El Camino, as a battered, broken man.
"Hunters" is Amazon's newest series, which takes place in the '70s and follows a group of vigilante misfits seeking to destroy Nazi officials residing in America. The show has a stellar cast, starring Al Pacino and Logan Lerman among others. I intend on reviewing the ten episode series in two-episode batches.
This is it, the final chapter in a franchise that has spanned five decades. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be the third epsiode in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, and the ninth and final episode in the “Skywalker Saga.” J.J. Abrams will once again be directing the film. He directed Episode 7, the first in the sequel trilogy. Abrams took a hiatus leaving Rian Johnson to direct Episode 8. Many were disappointed by Johnson’s effort, saying that there was a disconnect between the first two films. Abrams will surely have his work cut out for him in wrapping up countless story lines in a satisfactory manner. Though, if anyone can do it, it’s him.
One of my favorite genres is the coming-of-age teen comedy-drama. In a word, they are relatable. Rather than ignore teen's problems, films like these address the akward difficulty in growing up, along with the hilarious moments too. Above all, the biggest reason I love coming-of-age movies, is they are just plain fun.