While most people are staying away during the pandemic, movie theaters are still important and people will return once vaccinated. One of the things I keep going back this early in the year is The Big Picture by Ben Fritz. It’s been a few years since the book was published but what Fritz has to say is still relevant. Do not be surprised if you see me come back to this book throughout the year…"Movie Theaters: I Will Return When The Time Comes"
Warner Bros. Pictures botched the theatrical and streaming rollout of Wonder Woman 1984 in one of the worst ways possible. I was very outspoken on Twitter upon learning that the Wonder Woman 1984 embargo would be lifting on December 15. Why? Because once again, the studio decided to screen their film for select press–including those press members participating in press junkets and receiving swag for doing so. In choosing who got to see the film…"Warner Bros. An Open Letter After WW84 Rollout"
Warner Bros. made a big announcement about their 2021 film slate, particularly about how their films will be released. This either becomes the new normal or is a temporary solution until the vaccine is fully rolled out. Wonder Woman 1984 will be the first WB film to follow this model. I have bolded the fine print. Today, the Warner Bros. Pictures Group announced that it has committed to releasing its 2021 film slate via a…"Warner Bros. To Release In Theaters and HBO Max"
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…"Tenet: An Open Letter to Christopher Nolan"
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…"Tin Cup Gets A Warner Archive Reissue"
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. …"The Way Back Is Now Available on Blu-ray, DVD"
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…"Scoob! Offers A Contemporary Update"
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…"Michael Clayton Still Holds Up"
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…"Argo: This Is The Best Bad Idea We Have"
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…"The Departed: A Martin Scorsese Masterpiece"