Tenet: An Open Letter to Christopher Nolan

It is not worth the cost of more lives by releasing Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Tenet in theaters during the rest of the year. We all want to save the art of going to the cinemas for a movie but it isn’t going to be like this.  Listen, I miss going to movie theaters but I’m not about to walk into a theater anytime soon.  Even if we have a universal policy of face masks at…

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Tin Cup Gets A Warner Archive Reissue

Tin Cup has joined the Warner Brothers Archive Collection with a newly issued Blu-ray coming just one year shy of the film’s 25th anniversary. Kevin Costner is the master of sports films over the last three decades and then some.  He starred in a trio of baseball films: Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, and the lesser-appreciated For the Love of the Game.  In Tin Cup, Costner reteams with Bull Durham director Ron Shelton to make…

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The Way Back Is Now Available on Blu-ray, DVD

The Way Back, featuring an Oscar-worthy performance from Ben Affleck, is now available for audiences to bring home on Blu-ray and DVD. Affleck, already an Oscar winner for co-writing Good Will Hunting and producing Argo, is the current front runner for Best Actor with a masterclass performance as an alcoholic basketball coach.  Depending on how the rest of the year plays out, it’s honestly hard to see this changing. Gavin O’Connor has done it again. …

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Scoob! Offers A Contemporary Update

Scoob!, now available for audiences to purchase on Digital/VOD, offers a contemporary update that fans of the Scooby-Doo cartoons will enjoy. Everyone’s favorite animated dog lives to see another day.  Given the family appeal, it makes perfect sense for Warner Bros. to offer this film through VOD rather than wait until theaters to re-open.  In a perfect world, we’d be sharing our laughs and screams in a theater right now.  When it comes to animated…

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Michael Clayton Still Holds Up

Michael Clayton is a legal suspense thriller that manages to get our attention from the very moment that the picture appears on the screen. Michael Clayton (George Clooney) has a lot of issues here that seem to take him in every which direction.  For one, one of his co-workers, Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson) has suffered a breakdown.  The other thing going on here is that an agricultural conglomerate client–U-North–is on the opposite end of a…

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Argo: This Is The Best Bad Idea We Have

Argo tells an incredibly true story of how the CIA used a fake science-fiction film to rescue six American diplomats during the Iran hostage crisis. “This is the best bad idea we have, sir,” Jack O’Donnell (Bryan Cranston) tells C.I.A Director Stansfield Turner (Phillip Baker Hall). “By far.” The best bad idea not only saves six American lives but manages to win an Oscar.  A few of them, actually.  The fact that the CIA turns…

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The Departed: A Martin Scorsese Masterpiece

The Departed continues filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s trend of making at least one motion picture masterpiece per decade–this time, winning an Oscar. Even though the film adapts a story from another country, the filmmakers still find a way to tie it to Boston.  This is one of the best ideas to go into the film.  For all intents and purposes, mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) is Whitey Bulger.  Basically, the film deals with crime and…

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White Heat: One of James Cagney’s Finest Roles

Oscar-winning actor James Cagney delivers one of his finest roles in Warner Bros. gangster drama White Heat after being away from the genre. The psychotic Arthur “Cody” Jarrett (James Cagney) is the leader of the aptly named Jarrett gang.  While Cody is married to Verna (Virginia Mayo), one could certainly make the argument that he’s really married to his mother.  The relationship here is certainly a character study in its own right. The gang robs…

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The Life of Emile Zola: Warner’s First Best Picture

The Life of Emile Zola might not be remembered like other films but the biopic gave Warner Bros. their first Best Picture in studio history. Emile Zola (Paul Muni) is a writer that took up Captain Alfred Dreyfus’ (Joseph Schildkraut) cause after he was falsely accused and convicted of a crime he did not commit.  Zola risks his entire career by publishing J’Accuse…! in a French paper.  By getting involved, Zola would later be tried…

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Confessions of a Nazi Spy: A Huge Risk

Confessions of a Nazi Spy was seen as a huge risk for Warner Bros. at the time because it dared speak out against Nazi Germany at the time. When Dr. Karl Kassel (Paul Lukas) makes his way to the United States, his main goal is to persuade German Americans to support the Nazi cause.  Kurt Schneider (Francis Lederer), unemployed at the time, ends up joining the cause and becomes a spy.  Schneider sends a letter…

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