Deadpool 2 Year: 2018 Rating: R Length: 119 minutes / 1.98 hours At what point does the fourth wall stop? I only ask this because there’s a point where an audience member will have to know not only the plot of the film that started the franchise, but the subsequent reactions to the film, the […]
Posted: August 14, 2018, 9:00 pm
Rampage Year: 2018 Rating: PG-13 Length: 107 minutes / 1.78 hours I didn’t go into this movie expecting much, and it still disappointed me. Seems like every time some Hollywood studio gets their hands on a video game franchise and decides to turn it into a movie, this is the kind of thing we get. […]
Posted: August 7, 2018, 9:00 pm
The Disaster Artist Year: 2017 Rating: R Length: 104 minutes / 1.73 hours Having seen a few snippets of The Room (2003) via reactionary and review videos, I have become somewhat familiar with how bad the film is without having to sit through all of it. In The Disaster Artist (2017), we get to see what led to this […]
Posted: July 31, 2018, 9:00 pm

Cinema Connections 2016

In some ways, the status of race relations today have not changed nearly as much as they should have in the decades since the civil rights movement. The fact that someone would be considered “lesser than” merely because of their heritage or skin color is still an anathema to me. Sure, stereotypes fuel a fear... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: August 10, 2018, 6:01 am
As I’ve written before, we all love to root for the underdog. If there’s a genre primarily centered on the underdog, it has to be sports movies. If an underdog defeats someone who has more skill, then we feel like we’ve won along with the protagonist. And yet, these underdogs are often the characters with... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: August 3, 2018, 6:01 am
If you grew up in the 1990’s, it’s likely you’d recognize the work of director Jon Turteltaub, but not his name. While Turteltaub hasn’t been as prolific as say, Steven Spielberg, he had many hits that defined our childhood. Even as we grew up, we would eventually turn to films made in the timeframe of... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: July 27, 2018, 6:01 am
We cannot predict the future, but we can certainly study the past in excruciating detail. Some items of significance from the past are recognized for what they are immediately after they have gained a spot in the annals of history. And yet, there are many instances where these precious historical artifacts are lost. Sometimes these... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: July 20, 2018, 6:01 am
If you don’t know who Harrison Ford is, then you’ve likely never seen any number of successful and timeless classics. While Ford has been in many thrillers and dramas, including Best Picture nominees American Graffiti (1973), The Conversation (1974), Apocalypse Now! (1979), Witness (1985) (wherein he obtained his one and only Best Actor Oscar nomination),... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: July 13, 2018, 6:01 am
While some directors have found success in a single genre, others have perfected their craft so well that they can find success in multiple genres. Ridley Scott has directed many successful and memorable films over the years, which is practically a testament to his prolific repertoire as much as it is his artistic vision. It... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: July 6, 2018, 6:01 am
Which came first, the Predator or the Xenomorph egg? It’s almost weird to me how these two sci-fi/horror franchises have become inexorably linked over the years. If anything, it’s to the credit of 20th Century Fox to combine these two successful franchises together, even if the films that result from the crossover aren’t that great. Sure,... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: June 29, 2018, 6:01 am
Perhaps one of the most recognizable action heroes of all time, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a man of many talents. Of course, these skills usually evolve over time. From his days as an award-winning bodybuilder, he used this physique to enter the realm of Hollywood and portray other, similarly built characters. From his first role in... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: June 22, 2018, 6:01 am
It’s hard to deny that the United States is the capitol of action films. Our big-budget summer blockbusters just scream, “Explosions! Guns! Michael Bay!” While it can be simple enough to recycle the same material over and over again in a formulaic fashion without leaving the country’s borders, sometimes American films can be from foreign... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: June 15, 2018, 6:01 am
One wonders if Angelina Jolie would have become an actress had her father not been Jon Voight. Perhaps her upbringing allowed her exceptional connections and nurturing of thespian talents that eventually allowed her to break into Hollywood. Of course, much of Jolie’s talent subsists in her sultry appearance and demeanor, which could have likely brought... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: June 8, 2018, 6:01 am