James F. Ewart
I write what's on my mind.
James Reviews: 'Triple Frontier'
With a cast of Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Charlie Hunnam, and Pedro Pascal, all playing former Delta Force ops, the movie screams action movie bravado. What's promised is an action packed heist movie with firefights, chases, and dangerous roadblocks. What follows is a heist movie that focuses more on the getaway than the steal, and the gradual unraveling of the group.
The Nokomoto Logs
Nobody would think that the creators of a digital coin, that held practically next to no value, would become the most infamous pioneers of the 21st century. What people don't know is that there was a group of individuals who came together to create the first big Bitcoin mine. Their intention was to create a new frontier, and then vanish before anyone could find out who opened the door.
Which Movie will win the 2020 Best Picture Oscar?
Film awards season is well underway, and with that comes the inevitable Oscars ceremony, the grand finale to a months' worth of speeches, trophies, and a bumbling MC (unless it's Ricky Gervais). At the end of the road will be the ultimate prize that any North American film hopes to accomplish; the Academy Award for Best Picture. There are nine movies gunning for the accolade, but only one will be crowned the winner, and Twitter will explode over whichever one wins.
2020 at The Box Office
2019 has been another whirlwind. Avengers: Endgame is the highest grossing movie of all time, Dark Phoenix and Terminator: Dark Fate killed their franchise, and Spider-Man: Far From Home became the web-slingers' first billion dollar movie. Sequels such as The LEGO Movie Part 2, IT: Chapter Two, Hobbs and Shaw, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker failed to match their predecessors, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood had the biggest opening of Quentin Tarantino's career, and Joker became the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time and the first to hit $1 billion.
James Reviews: 'Captain Marvel'
If one wants to know how many new superheroes the Marvel Cinematic Universe will introduce, one only has to look at the library of characters Marvel Comics has created. With the recent merging of 20th Century Fox into Disney, it's only a matter of time before the X-Men and the Fantastic Four start showing up. Kevin Feige has also made it clear that the future of the franchise is in space, so what better way to introduce the final frontier than with the first hero who can get across the universe and back; Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel.
James Reviews - How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
It's not often that an animated film manages to kick off a trilogy of films that are consistent in quality, and an even larger rarity when Dreamworks' Animation produces something of such caliber. When How To Train Your Dragon came out in 2010, it wowed the entire world and put Dreamworks' back in the fight. Coming out in a time where they were floating by on the success of Shrek series and Disney seemed to dominate the animation industry. With this beautifully animated, epically scored and well written contribution, it got everyone to sit up and pay attention, realizing that this company had more to offer than the adventures of a green ogre. However, all good things must come to an end, and after a terrific sequel and a few successful TV series, The Hidden World closes out the trilogy, and the entire franchise, on a teary and fantastical note.
James Reviews - 'Alita: Battle Angel'
Anime and manga adaptations have been a tricky subject for Hollywood, and when I say "tricky" I mean "they manage to make it so horrendously awful." However, after 2017s Ghost in the Shell, there are hints that they're learning and getting better at bringing the source material to the screen. With Alita: Battle Angel, it's safe to say that the age of good live-action anime movies may finally be upon us. Sure there's some melodramatic acting and villains that never become three-dimensional characters, but the action is packed with excitement and Rodriguez's style is found all over the place.
James Reviews: 'Happy Death Day 2U'
Slasher flicks seem to have died off in recent years. Sure, Scream may have found a home as TV series but it's been a while since we've gotten a Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or A Nightmare on Elm Street. Yesteryear, the amount of movies in the genre that were coming out made it seem that they were going out of fashion, and well, they sorta did. They're still with us and continue to be a popular topic, but there's something uniquely different about them. Characters are no longer cutouts for a cast of stereotypes; they're now deeply complex people with goals and ambitions. Gone are the cheesy plot lines and exaggerated kills. Now, the focus is to provide a captivating plot with realistic deaths. In a sense, the killers have now become characters on their own, and the genre is no more than whodunit flicks with blood. Each entry now feels like its own ambitious vision, and Happy Death Day 2U is no exception, even if it gets too sidetracked for its own good.
James Reviews: 'Vice'
Adam McKay has quite the career for himself, serving as writer and producer for various comedies over the years. However, he surprised everyone in 2015 with The Big Short, a serious drama that delved into the 2008 housing crises and the men who bet against the banks and profited off of it. Now he's back with another topical, based-on-a-true-story, biopic about George W. Bush's Vice President, Dick Cheney. All around, it's an interesting look into the infamous politician's life and rise to power, but fails to maintain a consistent tone.
James Reviews: 'The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part'
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have spent the 2010s becoming a powerhouse duo in Hollywood. From remaking Jump Street, to adapting Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and winning Oscars for their work on Into the Spider-Verse, everything they touch is certified gold. If the folks at Disney/Lucasfilm understood that, Solo might have just made its budget back.
James Reviews: 'The Mule'
If Clint Eastwood has one universally respectable trait, it's knowing what type of movie he can or can't make. After being in the business since the 1970s, he has quite the body of work, playing iconic characters such as Dirty Harry and the Man With No Name, he's garnered fans from multiple generations. Unfortunately no longer able to take on physical heavy roles, he's managed to create films behind and in front of the camera despite his age. This time around, he reteams with Gran Torino writer Nick Schenk for another Eastwood featured vehicle. Given how much driving is featured in this movie, that pun was entirely intentional.
James Reviews: 'Glass'
A lot can be said for Shyamalan's career, having been once hailed as the next Steven Spielberg, only to fall from grace and spend the late 2000s and early 2010s turning out bad film after bad film. However, after 2015s The Visit, something strange started to happen, we started assuming that he was on the path to reclaiming his former glory. Then, two years later, a little movie came along called Split, a January release that garnered very positive reviews and smashed the box office. The icing on the cake was learning that it was a spin-off of Unbreakable, and that the inevitable crossover was coming soon. Fast forward to now, and there's a more mixed response in the air. While it is an inferior entry in the now named Eastraill 177 trilogy, it manages to subvert expectations without coming across as pompous or overreaching.