Me and You and Everyone We Know
The Life of Brian is one of Monty Python's most beloved and well known films. Personally, I don't really like it.
Before I ever became a film critic and before I discovered my passion for movies, I was a magician. Yes, the most respectable, well-paying job on the planet.
An apprenticeship in judgement, Judy, Hollywood’s latest biopic, follows the troubled Judy Garland during her final year, but this latest silver-screen-addition proves to be more than just a reimagining of Garland’s life out of Oz.
Another Joker movie?? You’re joking! Haha yes I’m sure you’ve heard that one a few times by now, but there’s at least one person out there who’s laughing.
Ad Astra, which means into stars in Latin, was a surprising movie for me.
SPOILER WARNING: This post contains spoilers of the latest Avenger movie. If you have not seen it, please do not continue. Also, get out from whatever rock you're under and go watch it. Please. It's been 6 months.
Do you guys remember what happened at the end of July when Sony and Disney/Marvel could not get a deal for SpiderMan in which resulted in having him removed from the MCU? The two studios previously announced this summer that Spider-Man would leave the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the companies couldn’t agree on a new financing deal. Disney wanted a 50/50 cut on all revenue made via Spider-Man films, instead of its previous deal, which included five percent from the first dollar gross and merchandising revenue. The separation meant Feige would no longer oversee the Spider-Man films, which fall under Sony’s banner.
Somewhere over the rainbow, dreams really do come true.
Still fresh off the loss of her brother and sister-in-law, businesswoman Kelly Halligan (Jessica Morris) finds herself struggling to juggle both her career and being the guardian of her teenage niece Amber (Kennedy Tucker), who is also still grieving and has begun lashing out at her aunt for their recent move. In an effort to reconnect with her troubled niece, Kelly attends Amber's soccer try-outs, where she meets and is quickly taken by Dominic (Jason Shane-Scott), the handsome former soccer player who has taken over as the school's soccer coach.
Hustlers appears to be the breakout film of the year so far, earning strong reviews at Toronto International Film Festival, banking more than expected on its opening weekend at the Box office, and inciting unexpected but deserved Oscar buzz for an established star. Hustlers is also a welcome success for a great female-fronted film after Booksmart, Annihilation and Widows all earned significant acclaim but struggled to make the kind of money Hustlers has made in two weeks throughout their theatrical runs. These were disappointing results not only because these were films of high calibre, but because they made significantly less than lazy gender-swapped remakes Ocean’s 8 and Ghostbusters. Neither of these films are particularly awful but women deserve to lead their own standalone creative properties, rather than being handed recycled formulas from male-dominated franchises. These reboots don’t celebrate their female leads like they think they do, because they’re already being treated as an afterthought, coming years after the latest franchise entry in an attempt to cash-in on different marketable demographics. It’s disappointing that just by having name association these films will automatically make more money than this stream of original films struggling financially, it is indicative of the franchise-driven market we live in, but it causes me to worry. Hustlers like Widows and Annihilation is a mid-budget original film, these are the type of films that are becoming increasingly rare due to being a financial risk that even stars can’t bring big enough audiences to. Neither of the latter two crossed a 100 million worldwide, and it’s likely that Hustlers will, as this is a promising outcome that should hopefully encourage studios to carry on making these kinds of films. Hustlers is exceeding expectations due to good marketing, smart casting, and an interesting premise, it is possible for a film to have all three and still struggle, but the former is so crucial, and can often be mishandled by a disinterested studio, so it’s nice to see everything come together for this film to be the success that it is.
For high school student Amelia Cross (Victoria Konefal), her life was forever changed the night she and her best friend Joy (Stefanie Rons) were involved in a horrific car crash after a night of partying, with Amelia surviving the accident while Joy perished. Amelia took the tragedy as a wake-up call to turn her life around, and two years later, Amelia is working hard at earning a track scholarship and is in a strong relationship with her boyfriend Scott (Pedro Correa).