Gus Van Sant’s latest project barely made a ripple at the box office during its brief theatrical release this summer, and that trend isn’t likely to change now that the film is available for home viewing. While arthouse dramas have fallen on hard times in our blockbuster-obsessed theatrical climate, there’s little chance this particular film would have made an impact even if Gus Van Sant had made it in the 1990s with his original choice for star, Robin Williams. That’s because the source material simply isn’t all that special or particularly moving. Although Van Sant’s film is made with impeccable
October 2018 Archives
Gus Van Sant assembles an impressive cast for a lackluster biopic.
After the serious, universe-altering Avengers: Infinity War, this light-hearted comedy is a welcome follow-up.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is the second Ant-Man movie and 20th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After the serious, universe-altering Avengers: Infinity War, this light-hearted comedy is a welcome follow-up, although the stakes for some of the characters are just as dire. Years ago while on an assignment with Ant-Man/Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the Wasp/Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfieffer) shrank so small she ended up trapped in what is known as the Quantum Realm, In the previous film, Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) went there and returned, inspiring Hank to try and retrieve his wife. Two years following the events
Which of these will you add to your video library in 2019?
Criterion rings in the new year with few titles that would look good in your collection. They are Abbas Kiarostami 24 Frames, Elaine May's Mikey and Nicky, Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, and Norman Jewison's In the Heat of the Night. Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious is getting a Blu-ray upgrade. Read on to learn more about them. 24 Frames (#956) out Jan 8 For what would prove to be his final film, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami gave himself a challenge: to create a dialogue between his work as a filmmaker and his work as a photographer, bridging
It's a big week full of releases but Marvel wins again.
I hate to continually be a Marvel fanboy but here I am picking a movie from the MCU once again. I really do like most of the films they’ve put out over the last decade or so but I also have to admit consideration is paid to the fact that millions of people watch Marvel movies and picking them over and over isn’t going to hurt the old Cinema Sentries hit counter. Ant-Man and the Wasp was something of a palette cleanser after Avengers: Infinity War. That film was an enormous, expensive, expansive, high-stakes event in which literally the universe
Both a prequel and a sequel, the film tells two stories: present day as Sophie Sheridan prepares for the grand reopening of her mother Donna’s hotel and 1979 when young Donna first arrives on the island.
Cinema Sentries has teamed up with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to award one lucky reader a Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Blu-ray Combo Pack. For those wanting to learn more, the press release reads: Bring family and friends together and have the time of your life with Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Sing-Along Edition, the all-new smash-hit romantic comedy based on the songs of ABBA, for a one-of-a-kind at home experience. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again arrives on Digital and the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on October 9, 2018, as well as on 4K Ultra HD,
It's fun to see further adventures of the Original crew, particularly because Byrne understands the characters.
As stated in my previous reviews of this book series, John Byrne and IDW Publishing are presenting the lost missions of the Original Series Enterprise crew in the form of photonovels. That format uses photographs instead of drawings like the Star Trek Fotonovels of the late '70s. Byrne manipulates images of characters and backgrounds from the TV show combined with new material such as dialogue in word balloons, narration, and photos of actors playing new characters and bodies of old ones. Volume 7 collects issues #18-20. During a routine resupply in the Polymax system in "What Pain It Is to
This October, home audiences looking for a big score will thrill to the loaded Blu-ray edition of Barry Sonnenfeld's star-filled crime caper.
Cinema Sentries has teamed up with Shout Factory! to award one three readers a Get Shorty: Collector's Edition on Blu-ray. For those wanting to learn more, the press release reads: Drug-smuggling. Racketeering. Loan sharking. Welcome to Hollywood! Get Shorty, based on Elmore Leonards' 1990 crime novel of the same name, suggests it doesn't take much to make it in the movies ... when you've got a background with the mob. The Barry Sonnenfed-directed adaptation, called "crackingly energized" by Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman, arrives as a special Blu-ray release on October 23 from Shout Select. Sporting a new 4K HD scan,
Bad Times at the El Royale is wonderfully chaotic and boasts a killer ensemble cast.
If there was an Oscar given for Most Well-Marketed Movie Of The Year, Bad Times at the El Royale would easily be a frontrunner. The film's marketing is so in sync with the shroud of mystery that surrounds it up until the final climax. Even while you're watching the movie, it’s difficult to determine what kind of movie you're watching. Is this a black comedy? Is it some kind of horror movie? Are we watching an Agatha Christie-style thriller? What kind of movie is this? Well, I can tell you one thing: This movie is a total blast. Its genre
It's all horror all the time for this week's five things.
Another week in October, another week of horror. I never quite manage a full 31 days of Horror, but this year, I’m not doing to shabby. The plan this year is to watch several batches of horror films and their many sequels. I typically only watch the first one or two films in a franchise before backing out before they turn bad. But this time I figured it might be fun to dig deep into a few series. Initially, I had planned to hit up some '80s movies like Nightmare on Elm Street or the Halloween films, but after watching
A story about pursuing dreams and redemption, and the highs and lows that can come with it.
One of the biggest stars of the 1970s was daredevil Evel Knievel, who made a living risking life and limb performing crazy stunts. His biggest career failure occurred in 1974 when was his attempt at jumping Snake River Canyon was cut short when the rocket's parachute deployed shortly after take-off. Unbeknownst to me, which seems hard to believe in this information-overload age, another team attempted to redeem Knievel and his crew. Although the title doesn't make that clear, Stuntman tells that story. Like many Gen-X kids, Eddie Braun looked up to Knievel, but he took that inspiration and became a
An entertaining trip down memory lane even if it can't help but mythologize.
Originally a two-part documentary on HBO, broken down into six episodes across two Blu-ray discs for this Shout Factory! release, Alex Gibney and Blair Foster's Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge tells the story of the famed magazine, and that of the United States during its run, by highlighting its major articles. The documentary opens with the early days of the magazine when Jann Wenner, his wife Jane, and Ralph Gleason founded the magazine in San Francisco in 1967. It wasn't just about the music that young people were into but a look at the culture also, both of which
Alfonso Cuaron's latest film Roma is heart wrenching, awe inspiring, and vital all at once.
The best word that can be used to describe Roma is that it is transcendent. It is a transcendent piece of cinematic art that captures your heart and is also a theatrical experience that manages to rupture the senses. After director Alfonso Cuaron made Gravity, the cinematic event of 2013 and one of the most monumental cinematic experiences of the decade, some of us probably wondered how he would follow that up. Well, he has made a film with a story that is smaller in scale yet is still quite simplistic. It seems like a straightforward story involving the life
The screening will take place at Arclight Hollywood on Thursday, October 18 with a start time at 7 PM.
From the creator of Mad Men, The Romanoffs is a contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Diane Lane, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Jack Huston, Kathryn Hahn, Noah Wyle, Paul Reiser, Andrew Rannells, and more. The Romanoffs is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video October 12 with new episodes released weekly, on Fridays. The Romanoffs presents a different story and a different set of characters in each episode, so attendees do not need to see
"A satisfying, profound crowd-pleaser." - Matt St. Clair
Cinema Sentries has teamed up with Marvel Studios to award one lucky reader Ant-Man & The Wasp on Blu-ray. For those wanting to learn more, read Matt St. Clair's review and the press release below: Moviegoers are still buzzing about Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp, the follow-up to 2015’s Ant-Man and the 20th consecutive Marvel Cinematic Universe film to debut at No. 1 opening weekend and ranked in the box office top 10 for six consecutive weeks this summer. Fans can instantly watch the laugh-out-loud super hero adventure Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD, and on Movies Anywhere;
Some pretty cool Blu-rays are coming out this week, I've got your scoop.
In riot-torn Los Angeles in the year 2028, criminals of a discerning nature get their wounds patched up at the Hotel Artemis, a fortified hospital that will fix up whatever ails ya and not ask any questions about how you got hurt. It is run by Jodie Foster with muscle provided by Dave Bautista. There are lots of rules, including no killing on the premises all of which makes it sound like an extended version of that scene in John Wick in which Keanu Reeves shows up at a similar hospital. If you saw that scene and thought that concept
The Public Image Is Rotten Movie Review: A Fine Introduction to John Lydon's post-Sex Pistols Career
Not surprisingly, the documentary spends a lot of time focusing on this original period of the band when it produced its most influential and challenging work.
In the aftermath of the Sex Pistols’ demise, the press, particularly in England, probably felt they had heard the last of Johnny “Rotten” Lydon. Instead, the controversial singer returned, as confrontational and dangerous as ever, with an exciting new group, Public Image Ltd. (PiL), that arguably pushed musical boundaries further than the Pistols ever did. Four decades later, The Public Image Is Rotten takes a look back at this original punk’s wild journey. The film, which was directed by Tabbert Fiiller, mixes killer concert footage with current and archival interviews from Lydon and band members past and present. Lydon’s differences
Bradley Cooper offers an effective glimpse at his potential greatness as a director with his decent remake.
After getting two remakes of the famed 1937 classic, do we really need another version of A Star Is Born? Well, while the old story remains the same, director/actor/co-writer Bradley Cooper still manages to make his rendition both modern and timely. Also, Bradley Cooper may be one of the best actors of his generation but with A Star Is Born, he proves that as an actor, he can be an even better director. It goes without saying that his performance as fading country star Jackson Maine is terrific. However, what makes his direction even better is how he puts such
The Carol Burnett Show looks good at fifty.
With reruns of The Carol Burnett Show on almost every night, it’s hard to believe that we could be celebrating the 50th anniversary, but celebrate they did, and we got to watch. In December 2017, CBS aired Carol and friends return to Stage 33 at Television City and on September 18, 2018, Time Life released the special on DVD. The special is everything that you would expect and more. The “more” is not always good, but different. There have been numerous specials over the years celebrating and reminiscing about the wonderful comedy created by Carol, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle
It might not feel like October but these cool things will get you in the mood for Halloween.
Though the temperatures in Oklahoma have remained in the 90s all week, it is technically Autumn and it is technically October, traditionally two of my favorite times of the year. I love the cool, crisp air. I adore the changing colors, and the potpourri of smells. I always enjoy October when we throw our traditional pumpkin carving party, dress the daughter in a silly costume and I get to watch lots and lots of horror movies. This week has been hot and humid, the leaves haven’t changed, and I’ve not had a single bit of anything that tastes like pumpkin,
The film is an absolute delight in large part to the many entertaining clips taken from Keaton's filmography.
Director Peter Bogdanovich pays tribute to the life and work of Buster Keaton in this biographical documentary about one of cinema's greatest filmmakers. Opening with his appearance on The Dick Cavett Show, Bogdanovich starts the “celebration” singing the praises of Keaton. He then presents the story of Keaton in a near-linear manner. Joseph Frank Keaton was born into a vaudeville family in 1895 and at three years old joined his parents' act, thanks to his ability to take a fall without getting hurt. Legend has it, Harry Houdini was responsible for giving young Keaton the name “Buster” after seeing him
Sections feature 28 films, including 17 films directed by women.
Press release: Highlighting rising feature film directors, New Auteurs is the festival's platform for upcoming filmmakers from all over the world to showcase their new films. This year, the section is comprised of 18 films, with 12 helmed by female filmmakers. The American Independents section represents the best of independent filmmaking this year. Pushing boundaries of form and content across narrative and documentary cinema, this section includes 10 films — half of which are directed by women — from both new voices and filmmakers returning to AFI FEST. "The New Auteurs and American Independents sections are where you will find
Kino Lorber bravely launches a Special Edition release for one of the most hated films of the mid '90s.
Though I never saw the film in its entirety until much later in life, I was nevertheless present when Adam Resnick's Cabin Boy briefly flickered onto silver screens near and far in 1994. I was also there when word began to spread (and quickly, at that) regarding just how popular of a title it was at the time. But my personal favorite Cabin Boy story hailed from a secondhand account, wherein a former acquaintance of mine enjoyed the movie's many, many flaws so much, that he exited the cineplex in tears, resulting in one very confused usher walking up to
An absolute treasure for fans of the film and is well worth checking out for fans of Hollywood musicals.
After being unceremoniously dismissed from MGM in 1950 due to erratic behavior as a result of psychological problems and addiction, Judy Garland made a triumphant return to the silver screen in a musical remake of A Star Is Born, one of many films that counter the argument against Hollywood remakes. Garland plays Esther Blodgett, a young singer whose talent is noticed by Norman Maine (James Mason), an actor whose career is collapsing due to his alcoholism. He strongly believes in her and suggests she give up singing with the band she's with to take a screen test. She becomes a
Featuring unforgettable make-up, ground-breaking special effects and outstanding performances.
Cinema Sentries has teamed up with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to award one lucky reader the Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection on Blu-ray. For those wanting to learn more, the press release reads: Thirty of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces starring the most famous monsters of horror movie history come together on Blu-ray for the first time ever in the Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Featuring unforgettable make-up, ground-breaking special effects and outstanding performances, the Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection includes all Universal Pictures’ legendary monsters from the studio that pioneered the
It rightfully deserved the whacking it received from critics.
Despite the colossal amount of negative press it received during its theatrical run, I half-expected Gotti to at least have some entertainment value in how terrible it is. At certain parts of the movie, there is this feeling of glee when something so outrageously, horribly executed appears on the screen. It starts right at the beginning of the film when an establishing shot shows John Gotti (John Travolta) looking up to the stars and then turns to the camera and breaks the fourth wall as he begins to explain his story. He starts off by spouting generic, gangster lines such
Fueled with adrenaline and high impact verticality, Skyscraper is led by superstar Dwayne Johnson.
Cinema Sentries has teamed up with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to award one lucky reader Skyscraper Blu-ray Combo Pack. For those wanting to learn more, read Gordon S. Miller's review, and the press release is below: Courage has no limits in the heroic action-packed film Skyscraper, currently available on Digital and via the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayT, DVD and On Demand on October 9, 2018. The global blockbuster from Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures is a non-stop, emotionally visceral thrill ride following Dwayne Johnson’s (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Fate of the Furious,“Ballers”)
The first week in October starts us off with a bang.
Three Identical Strangers tells the real life story of David, Bobby, and Eddy, three identical triplets who were separated at birth not knowing of each other's existence. One day, when they were 19, they randomly discovered each other and became instant friends. They became a media sensation in the '80s, being interviewed by everyone from Tom Brokaw and Phil Donahue. But there was a dark side. The reasons why they were separated bordered on the nefarious. The media used them for ratings then tossed them aside. There were physical and mental issues. I don’t know all the details as I’ve
Throughout Volume 24, Gould continues to deliver adventures filled with thrills, laughs, and action.
As the Library of American Comics and IDW Publishing continue to collect The Complete Dick Tracy by Chester Gould, Volume 24 presents the dailies and Sunday strips from July 3, 1967 through to April 2, 1969. The book has an introductory essay by consulting editor Max Allan Collins, "Is All This Moon Stuff Worth It?" about the state of the strip at the time. It concludes with contributing editor Jeff Kersten's "Hard as Hell - Act Two" about Gould and provides interesting annotations. The book opens with Dick Tracy and Diet Smith hot on the trail of the bearded duo