No, I’m not being paid by Warner Bros. or DC to write this.
Honestly, for the longest time I rejected this notion. Marvel Studios had a really good track record here at this site. Aside from “Thor: The Dark World,” most entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe received a 3 out of 5 or higher from yours truly.
For those who may not know, that’s enough to get a “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes. That was true right up through the summer of 2019.
Continue reading “Phase 4 shows the MCU is running on empty”
It’s almost the Fourth of July, a time of year to put out the stars and stripes while enjoying some BBQ and parades.
Since it’s an American holiday, it’s worth taking a look at American leaders from movies. Here are who I consider some of the best fictional presidents featured in movies.
Continue reading “Four Great Movie Presidents for July 4”
I don’t live in the Twin Cities metro area. The Uptown Theatre and Edina Cinema weren’t my go to places to see movies, mainly since I live a four hours drive north of them.
Despite not being a frequent visitor to these two locations, though, the nearly 20 times I did watch a film at either theater were very memorable. Plus, many of the films were quite good.
That’s what makes their closure hard to stomach.
Continue reading “Assessing the loss of Uptown and Edina”
After a rather chilly May, a heat wave has been hitting Minnesota in the month of June.
It has been hot here. Maybe not reaching the temperatures that our neighbors in the southern states experience, but up north, anything above 80F feels like a scorcher.
The warm weather certainly makes it feel truly like summer, though, and plenty of fine films have been set during the hottest season. This is a list including some of my favorite movies set between spring and fall.
Continue reading “16 Superb Summer-Related Flicks”
The Academy Awards sometimes gets a bad rap for being a night where Hollywood “pats itself on the back.”
While that does happen, though, the Oscars do play another important role. It shines a spotlight on films that can sometimes go under the radar. This is especially true for documentaries, which are often not found at major movie theaters that people go to on a Friday night.
Continue reading “2021 Oscar Docs: A Look at the nominees”
The new broke Wednesday that the Marvel film “Black Widow” has been delayed again, pushing back the studio’s whole superhero line up in the process.
The news is obviously a hit to theaters and Hollywood. There’s no doubt that Marvel and its all powerful umbrella company want their movies to hit theaters for the immediate success they bring.
This is true of course with all other movie studios that have had to make delays, too. Warner Bros. has had to consistently push back “Wonder Woman,” which has moved from mid-summer to Christmas. Universal, meanwhile, has shoved the next “Fast and Furious” film back a whole year to 2021.
Continue reading “Taking a year off may be good for audiences”
The movie theater in Breckenridge, Minn., had just six screens. It wasn’t a megaplex. It didn’t have stadium seating. It didn’t have recliner seats. It didn’t even have a huge concessions selection.
What it did have, though, was a dedicated staff and a small town charm. For a town with a population of 3,199, bordering the city of Wahpeton, N.D., with a 7,753 population count, it was a serviceable cinema.
Continue reading “A Theater Going Dark: Remembering Breckenridge’s Cinema 6”
In day-to-day life, one’s home is a place to hang their hat and relax, or invite friends and family for an event.
In movies, though, a house can become a rather chaotic place, especially when it’s filled with different, and at times, conflicting personalities bouncing off each other. In certain flicks, it can even be a trap that one can’t escape from.
Considering most of us have been and will likely continue spending a lot of time at home because of the corornavirus pandemic situation, I decided to make a list all about films largely taking place at one house.
Continue reading “Great movies about drama in the home”
A movie like “The King’s Speech” doesn’t seem like it needs someone to stand up for it.
Just a reminder, this is a film that won four Oscars, including Best Picture, seven British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, two Critics Choice Awards, a Director’s Guild of America award, a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild awards and a Producers Guild of America award. It has a very full trophy case and everyone involved walked home happy
Continue reading “In defense of ‘The King’s Speech’”
Award season spans over several months, with film festivals, the Golden Globes, the guild awards and other ceremonies taking place. All of it leads to one night, Oscar Sunday.
On Feb. 24, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor the best that the film industry had to offer last year, whether they be from Hollywood or indie corners. Of all the categories the Academy hands out gold trophies for, though, there is one that stands above the rest.
Continue reading “‘Roma’ has a good chance for Oscar glory on Sunday”