Happy Birthday Barack! HBO kicked off “Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union” for the former President’s 60th birthday and clearly are to set to highlight Obama’s rhetoric and lofty promises foreshadowing the racial division and failures seen in 2021. Opening with Obama’s 2008 race speech, the focus onContinue Reading

After a surprising blockbuster, star and director John Krasinski returns for “A Quiet Place 2,” a sequel attempting to match the silent theater experience of the original. Opening with brief visit to Day One of the “invasion,” Lee (Krasinski) and his family are caught up in a struggle to survive.Continue Reading

Imagine Paramount plucking a bland martial arts film about a man seeking to avenge his father’s death out of a pile of optioned scripts and assigning it to screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin to transform it into a G.I. Joe film and you can understand how Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins wasContinue Reading

Karen Gillan stars in her own version of John Wick with Gunpowder Milkshake. Absurdity and fun can co-exist in this action genre where bullets can fly and the protagonist can tackle dozens of thugs to walk away, sometimes without a scratch. Sam (Gillan) learns, via flashback, that her mother, ScarletContinue Reading

An all-star cast in a film about Bonnie and Clyde is never about the famous outlaws, but rather the pair set to end their crime spree across several states. A rather sluggish script hinders any intrigue as The Highwaymen becomes a docudrama rather than anything interesting. Set in 1934 asContinue Reading

Clint Eastwood‘s High Plains Drifter feel like Blumhouse made a Sergio Leone spaghetti western, adding elements of horror to the classic western genre. Similar to the “Man with No Name” role in Sergio Leone’s Dollar Trilogy, Eastwood rides into remote mining town as cigar chewing gunslinger. The Stranger is quickly confronted byContinue Reading

While not a re-make, the 1960 Magnificent Seven film adapted Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai to the Old West with an all-star cast: Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steven McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn and James Coburn. A gang of bandits, led by Calvera (Wallach), raids a poor Mexican village for food andContinue Reading

The Coen Brothers’ remake of the 1969 Henry Hathaway picture, True Grit, starring Jeff Bridges, is both entertaining and shockingly superior to the original with John Wayne. With a darker and more humorous approach, Bridges now takes the Wayne role of Reuben “Rooster” Cogburn, an obnoxious alcoholic U.S. Marshal, hiredContinue Reading

Among some of the greatest westerns is A Fistful of Dollars, the first film release in the “Dollars Trilogy,” famous for Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. While Clint Eastwood became a superstar when these films arrived in America, fans seems to underestimate the excellence of thisContinue Reading

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Over fifty years later, Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is still widely stands as the Best Western Film of All-Time. The 1966 epic which catapulted Clint Eastwood’s fame is also much more than a cowboys-and-Indians film with groundbreaking storytelling techniques which inspired filmmakers for decades. TheContinue Reading

Tombstone may not make the “Best Westerns of All-Time” lists, but the film is certainly entertaining and showcases an amazing portrayal of Doc Holiday by Val Kilmer. Kurt Russell stars as the famous lawman, Wyatt Earp, alongside and all-star cast of Sam Elliott and Bill Paxton as the Earp brothers,Continue Reading

Tobe Hooper is no household name, but as the director of Poltergeist, he delivered the Steven Spielberg inspired film in 1982, arriving in theaters the same month as the classic E.T. Centering around the Freeling family and the series of bizarre events, Poltergeist takes audiences through the experience of itemsContinue Reading

Warner Bros attempted to kick off a Hanna Barbera cinematic universe with Scoob!, a Scooby-Doo prequel/origin story, populated with characters from their various shows: Dick Dastardly from Wacky Races, alongside Muttley; Blue Falcon and Dynomutt and Captain Caveman. Sadly, the long-winded story drifts away from the strong points of theContinue Reading