Why the Popes? - Religion Trends in Film
In an age where it is the fashion to question everything, trust no one, and unquestionably doubt the intentions of organized religion, people are continually fascinated by the ideas of power, corruption, and scandal within the realm of the church. Specifically, in this discussion, the Catholic church.
Greta Gerwig Challenges Us to be Daring
In a world where directors are auteurs and those auteurs are usually men, it is nearly a miracle that any female director could be a household name. Well, thank God for Greta Gerwig, because she has turned the industry upside down. To the public, it seemed as though she came out of nowhere but behind the scenes, Greta Gerwig has been climbing the ladder with a hammer in her pocket hellbent on shattering the glass ceiling.
"Love Antosha" Remembers Young Artist Anton Yelchin
Sometimes, people that we love, artists we admire, are gone too soon. Whether it be by illness or a freak accident, death steals from the art world too. Anton Yelchin was a young, up and coming actor who was gaining success and popularity due to his role in the Star Trek Reboots. He appeared in a number of Indie films and gave his voice to several animated features as well. He was young, talented, and absolutely beloved by his co-stars and friends. And then we lost him.
Up and Coming Indie Actor...Shia Labeouf?
LaBeouf began his career in performing by getting on stage at comedy clubs around his neighborhood at age ten. He found himself an agent and ended up getting his big break on the Disney Channel original series, Even Stevens. This break was quickly followed by Holes. He also starred in a historical drama, a thriller, was a host on SNL, and then ascended to his first big adult role as Sam Winnicky in the Michael Bay Transformers series.
Lady Gaga: Calculation or Evolution
I used to think that Lady Gaga was of the devil. I know. I know what you’re already thinking. She rose to prominence during my formative middle school years. Years in which I was just beginning to scratch the surface of more mainstream music. But there were still areas into which I did not venture, music tastes that required a greater level of maturity than I possessed at the tender age of thirteen.
A New Kind of Female Spy "The Operative"
I offer an alternative to this overplayed sexy spy trope with a gritty, realistic, and hopefully well-written narrative. This film looks magnificent and is the anti all of the previous films that I just described. It is at least endeavoring to be fresh and authentic.
Why You Should Care About Pop Culture Scandals
Why do we enjoy hearing the latest scandals about stars, singers, and icons? Is it because we enjoy having new people to judge? Is it because we like the burst of self-righteous self-satisfaction of knowing that we would never do anything that stupid? All of these are probably true for anyone who enjoys pop culture news and many of these ring true for me. But maybe there is something greater and more positive that we can glean from our guilty pleasure.
The Division of "Black and Blue"
How many times a day have we heard someone make the statement “Black lives matter!”, only to have another person respond with “Blue lives matter!”, only for a third party to chime in saying “All lives matter!”, thinking that they are being helpful but in reality are screaming into an aching void of trite sentiments.
Black and Blue, directed by Deon Taylor, has no time for any such sentiments. It is bent on delivering harsh cold reality in the guise of a thrilling action film. It stars powerhouses Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson, and Frank Grillo.
How Jordan Peele Brings Originality Back to Hollywood
Back in April of 2016, Jordan Peele, alongside his co-star Keegan Michael-Key, opened their first major theatrical outing in the form of Keanu, which unfortunately underperformed at the box office, taking in around $9 million during its opening weekend and barely doubling that before the end of its run. After such an unfortunate performance, no one would have expected that Peele would soon become one of the most talked about names in Hollywood thanks to his directorial debut, Get Out.
Stockholm: The High-Stakes Robbery Film You Probably Missed
Americans do the craziest things.
On August 23, 1973 an Swedish criminal named, Jan-Eric Olsson entered a bank and proceeded to hold everyone present as hostage, at gunpoint. He then demanded that the police bring his friend, Clark Olofsson to the bank to assist him. The two bonded with the four hostages during the holdup, the hostages even going so far as to try and protect Olsson and Olofsson. The situation was ended and the two apprehended through the use of teargas.
From Indie Flicks to Captain Marvel
In April 2017 Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck were approached with the opportunity of a lifetime: to direct the upcoming Marvel film, Captain Marvel. The two were actually previously considered to direct Guardians of the Galaxy. It is interesting to see a pair known mostly for lower budget films or indie flicks chosen to represent a rather daring film for a billion dollar franchise.
New York, 1978, Hell’s Kitchen. The wives of Irish mobsters, Kathie Brennan, Ruby O’Carroll, and Claire Walsh, are struggling to support themselves after their husbands are arrested by the FBI. They are promised protection and support by the Irish mob but are not even given enough money to cover the rent. With nowhere left to turn the women band together and begin taking over the crime operations themselves. Much to the chagrin of their husbands and the mob.
Redemption and Condemnation: Skin
The film is based on a true story about a former skinhead member, Bryon Widner, and his path to redemption. He begins to try to find a way out of this pit and finds himself running up against his father figure and leader who would rather see him dead than let him leave.
What Is It Really Like On Set?
This past summer, I had a few opportunities arise that I am incredibly grateful to have had. One of these opportunities was a production assistant job on the set of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior (ANW) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The other was also a production assistant job on the set of Netflix’s Hyperdrive in Rochester, New York. I want to emphasize how I came across these jobs because it is essential to anyone looking to get into this industry.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
Serial Killers are trendy! Or at least they’ve shown themselves to be in the recent release of Netflix original series. The success of true crime tv-series and documentaries reveal’ a demographic that is utterly fascinated by the minds of those who kill. The overwhelming positive response to Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, another Netflix production, has prompted them to produce a feature length biopic on Bundy, titled Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.
Shocking and Culture Rocking: Billie Eilish
With her debut album dropping this past month, Billie Eilish has gained quite the audience with over 18 million followers on Instagram and over 41 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Her influence has proven strong in the music industry. But what kind of influence is she having?
Will "Rocketman" Live Up to "Bohemian Rhapsody?"
Biopics, as of recent, have been floating along the mainstream with big blockbusters such as Hidden Figures, I Tonya, and, the jewel of the winter movie releases, Bohemian Rhapsody. In the same vein, we now have the upcoming film, Rocketman to look forward to.
How The Beatles Impact Generations To Come
A voice of a generation, the precursor of experimental sound, and the primary markers of the second British invasion. Four boys from Liverpool with little to no sense of music but all with an ambition to become musicians. These young men became known as the Beatles and one of the most influential groups ever to grace the musical scene.
A World Without The Beatles: Yesterday
The trailer for Yesterday paints a heartwarming, musical comedy. It creates an absurd and wonderfully weird scenario that pays loving homage to one of the greatest bands in the world. It forces the viewer to contemplate the scenario for themselves and imagines a world that never knew the Beatles.