Another year of movies has come and gone, and 2018 has left quite the impression, surpassing 2016 to become the biggest year for movies at $11.9 billion at the domestic box office, with plenty of surprises to boot. There was Black Panther becoming the highest-grossing superhero movie in North America, Infinity War hitting $2 billion worldwide, a Queen biopic making more money than several tentpole films, a Star Wars movie bombing at the box office, the sixth installment of Mission Impossible dodging sequel rot, and Aquaman quickly rising up the ranks to become the highest grossing movie of the DCEU. All things considered, it's no surprise that 2018 did so well, and looking ahead to 2019, it promises to be bigger and better.
It's remarkable that a few words on the printed page, no longer than your average term paper, can be the cornerstone of a blockbuster film. Sometimes we find the movie before the story, sometimes the story before the movie, and sometimes we don't even know about the story at all. Here are a few memorable films that started out as short stories. Some you may already know, but others may surprise you.
It’s Oscars season once again. The nominees have been announced, debates are running rife over who was snubbed and who was undeserving of their nomination. But there’s probably no better time than now to look beyond the Hollywood monopoly over these awards and expand our horizons.
I’m convinced that children’s films were scarier in the 1980s than they are today. Return to Oz, which was released in 1985, is a prime example.
It is 2019, and we are in the middle of a new age of comic book movies. More specifically, it is the Golden Age of Marvel Comics-based movies—and cinephiles will be quick to agree.
Mary Poppins Returns is a weird movie. But not necessarily weird, in terms of what happens in it—if you’re watching a sequel to Mary Poppins not expecting a few weird set pieces, you’re watching for the wrong reasons. But weird in the sense that... I’m not entirely sure if it’s a good film. It’s certainly engaging enough, and it has a few cards up its sleeve, but generally, I’m not sure if it was the right movie for me to review.
We’ve all heard of it before, the plot device, the McGuffin, or the Deux Ex Machina. It’s that one story element that the protagonists are searching for, trying to activate, kill for, or even destroy. But in the end, it ultimately serves one purpose, to move the story forward.
The fifth season of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman forced me to change my life.
Alright, let’s start 2019 as we mean to go on—let’s talk about movies more regularly, now! I just got back from seeing a couple of movies today and, as some of you requested, I figured I might as well start making proper reviews, now! So, for this episode, let’s talk about a film I now wish I’d got to see earlier; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse. I hadn’t heard a bad word said about this film before I saw it, so this film definitely had high expectations to fill and, for the most part, Spider-verse excelled.