Spider-Man: Sam Raimi Film Turns 20 Years Old

Spider-Man might not have been the first comic book adaptation to hit the big screen but the film helped pave the way for the MCU. The film’s 20th anniversary comes as Sam Raimi is opening up Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Because of licensing, Raimi’s Spider-Man films didn’t feature any characters unless the license was owned by Sony Pictures, of course. This why a fan like me was happy to see the MCU…

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The Power of the Dog: Cast Talk Production Pause

During an exclusive CCA press conference for The Power of the Dog, the cast discussed getting back to work after the production shutdown. Writer-director Jane Campion, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, cinematographer Ari Wegner, editor Peter Sciberras, and producer Tanya Seghatchian participated in the hour long press conference. Earlier during the press conference, Cumberbatch discussed some of the skills he learned for the shoot. Among them was learning to be an asshole.…

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The Power of the Dog Is Gorgeously Shot

The Power of the Dog features gorgeously shot cinematography and splendid performances in Jane Campion’s 1925-set Western. I cannot say enough good things about the film. The acting is top-notch. Benedict Cumberbatch delivers what may very well be the best performance of his career. Kirsten Dunst isn’t too bad herself! However, it’s Kodi Smit-McPhee coming through as the film’s surprise MVP. At first, Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Peter Gordon (Kodi Smit-McPhee) don’t get along.…

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Elizabethtown Arrives On Blu-ray For The First Time

Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown makes its arrival on Blu-ray for the first time as the 14th title of the Paramount Presents line. Last year, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Almost Famous.  This year, it’s the 15th anniversary of the Kentucky set film starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst.  A number of Crowe films have milestone anniversaries in 2021: Jerry Maguire celebrates its 25th anniversary. Vanilla Sky marks its 20th anniversary and the last time Paul…

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Drop Dead Gorgeous Arrives on Blu-ray

Four years after Warner Archive first issued Drop Dead Gorgeous on DVD, the cult classic finally makes its arrival on Blu-ray. The Blu-ray itself is short on special features.  There’s an opportunity to add on some supplemental materials.  Instead, all we are left with is the theatrical trailer.  No commentary or where they are now features.  Aside from this, they use a new 1080 master to present the film.  What follows is my full review…

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Wag The Dog: This Film Feels Very Realistic

Perhaps what’s so surprising about 1997’s Wag the Dog is how the political satire feels so realistic over twenty years following its theatrical release. It’s two weeks before Election Day and the president is caught making an advance on a Firefly Girl.  Enter Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro) and presidential aide Winifred Ames (Anne Heche).  Their sole duty over the next two weeks is to keep the public distracted by any means necessary.  If it…

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Dick: Political Satire Holds Up 20 Years Later

Dick, the political satire starring Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams, manages to hold up twenty years after its theatrical release in 1999. The political comedy re-imagines the Watergate scandal through the lens of a pair of high school students.  Not surprisingly, the film opens on the night of the break-in.  On this night, Betsy Jobs (Kirsten Dunst) and Arlene Lorenzo (Michelle Williams) are writing a letter.  The duo hope to win a date with singer…

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Drop Dead Gorgeous is Campy, Hysterical

While there are some things in the film that haven’t aged well, Drop Dead Gorgeous is still able to offer up a ton of laughs in the dark comedy. A short video introduces us to the Sarah Rose American Teen Princess Pageant hosted by Batman himself, Adam West.  The video may not exactly set up the tone for what we’re going to expect but we’re in for a treat.  Once those accents start up, we know we’re…

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The Beguiled: Strong Performances in Civil War Drama

The Beguiled may be a remake of the 1971 movie of the same name but the acting performances are so strong in this psychological thriller that it almost doesn’t even matter. Written for the screen and directed by Sofia Coppola from the book written by Thomas Cullinan, the period drama stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning.  Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, Emma Howard, and Addison Riecke all play boarding school students. Three…

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