Baby Driver: Does the Edgar Wright film need a sequel?

In a recent podcast interview, writer-director Edgar Wright mentioned that the studio approached him about making a sequel to Baby Driver. The film was produced on a low-to-mid budget of $34 million and honestly, it doesn’t even need a sequel.  It’s good enough standing on its own. “The studio have asked me to think about writing a sequel and it is one of the ones that I might do a sequel to because I think…

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Independence Day: We Will Not Go Quietly Into the Night

On this 4th of July, we celebrate Independence Day and what better way to celebrate than by watching Bill Pullman’s speech as President Thomas Whitmore from the 1996 film, Independence Day.  Between television and film, it’s one of the best speeches to be made by a fictional president. President Whitmore: Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial…

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Hollywood Needs Some More Originality In Movies

When it comes to the studio movies, it’s time to start seeing some originality in the content they are proving. One of the biggest problems I’ve had this year is with the comedies being released.  Either I didn’t see them or I simply chose to pass on them after reading the reviews and that’s a shame because comedies are among the movies that I choose to see first if there isn’t a comic book or…

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Men in Black celebrates 20 Years

Men in Black celebrates 20 years today. The sci-fi action comedy was released on this day in 1997 and I remember watching it at a drive-in theater (yes, they still existed in the 1990s).  Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, the summer hit stars Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith as secret agents in a secret organization.  Produced on a $90 million budget, Men in Black took in just over $250 million domestically and just short of…

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Molly’s Game to lead crowded Thanksgiving weekend

Thanksgiving is known for a number of movies opening in either limited or wide release.  This year will be no exception and will likely be busier than 2016. STX Entertainment has announced that Molly’s Game, based on the novel by Molly Bloom, will launch on November 22nd.  This is the directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin, who also pens the screenplay.  Jessica Chastain leads a cast that also includes Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Brian d’Arcy…

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The House Fails and What’s Going On With Comedy Movies This Summer?

Comedy movies have taken a toll at the box office this summer.  What’s going on with this and how can it be fixed? Paramount, Sony, and Warner Bros. have taken a hit with Baywatch, Rough Night, and The House, respectively.  I’ve seen and reviewed both Baywatch and Rough Night.  The House, however, was not screened for critics. Baywatch has struggled since it’s release.  It’s made just over $57 million against a $69 million budget.  It’s…

"The House Fails and What’s Going On With Comedy Movies This Summer?"

The Solzy Awards for Film in 2017 So Far

We’ve reached the halfway point of 2017 so that means it’s time to issue the Solzy Awards for Film in 2017 So Far. The two films that really stand out to me at this point in the year are The Big Sick and Baby Driver.  I started writing this article prior to seeing The Beguiled when it opened in Chicago on Friday.  I debated a lot to myself about whether or not I should include…

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FIRST LOOK: The Greatest Showman

The first trailer was released yesterday for The Greatest Showman, an upcoming musical due out this December. Directed by Michael Gracey from a screenplay written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon, The Greatest Showman stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya. This is Gracey’s feature debut.  The Australian filmmaker has previously served as a producer and creative designer for Will Young Live in London and worked on the visual effects for…

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FIRST LOOK – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

The world got it’s first look today at Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle as the first trailer was released for the upcoming action-adventure. The film had been first announced late 2015 shortly after the passing of comedian Robin Williams.  Williams had starred in the original 1995 film.  It will certainly be interesting to see if there are any references to his character. Directed by Jake Kasdan from a screenplay written by Chris McKenna & Erik…

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It’s Good To Be The King: Happy Birthday, Mel Brooks!

Mel Brooks is one of the first people I think of when it comes to comedy.  Today, he celebrates his 91st birthday. Together with Carl Reiner, they created The 2000 Year Old Man.  While doing the routine for their friends, comedian George Burns told them to record an album or he would have stolen it from them.  Steve Allen was also one of those who approached them and if not for him, the album likely…

"It’s Good To Be The King: Happy Birthday, Mel Brooks!"