Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 pandemic thriller, Contagion, is making its arrival on 4K Ultra HD a few years after renewed interest in the film. Nobody would have thought in 2011 that people would be taking a renewed interest in 2020. But sure enough, the Covid-19 pandemic happened and people made the film a streaming hit. I was not one of those people because of my headspace at the time. It was tempting, don’t get me wrong.…"Contagion: Pandemic Thriller Arrives on 4K Ultra HD"
Ethan Coen goes solo yet again but this time it’s for Drive-Away Dolls, a comic caper that takes audiences on a spontaneous road trip. Coen’s last outing as a director was with Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind. A24 quietly released the documentary at the start of the year, which the filmmaker did not collaborate with brother Joel Coen. As of press time, it is currently included on Prime Video. Anyway, Drive-Away Dolls sees Coen’s…"Drive-Away Dolls Pays Homage to 60s, 70s B-Movies"
The Monuments Men sees George Clooney and company tasked with tracking down artwork stolen by the Nazis during World War II. After 2008’s Leatherheads, Clooney took a brief break from period films to write, direct and star in The Ides of March. After that, he went back to the past for another period piece. This time around, he gathered an ensemble cast to hunt stolen artwork in a film that is based on a true…"The Monuments Men – A George Clooney Retrospective"
Christopher Nolan’s epic masterpiece, Oppenheimer, is now available to bring home on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital. At long last, audiences can finally bring the film home. You can place it next to Barbie on the shelf if you’re so inclined. Why not? The theatrical releases may have been at the same time but the home video releases are a few weeks apart. In any event, Oppenheimer is a must-own for anyone’s collection.…"Oppenheimer: Bring Home The Epic Masterpiece on 4K UHD, Blu-ray"
Christopher Nolan has done it again with Oppenheimer as the J. Robert Oppenheimer biopic is another epic masterpiece. Don’t let the 3-hour run time fool you because this one earns every minute of it. I left the theater once and that was only so I could refill a drink. At no point did this film ever feel slow because it had my attention for every single minute. It’s a film that must be experienced on…"Oppenheimer Is An Epic Masterpiece"
Interstellar is a science fiction thriller–now a classic–incorporating real science in the quest for new worlds and the fate of humanity. One does not necessarily need to understand the science behind the film to find it entertaining. Having an understanding would probably help. In any event, it is very much a Christopher Nolan thriller. His films have a way of getting bigger in terms of scale through the years. Dunkirk brought things back down to…"Interstellar: One Of The Best Sci-Fi Thrillers Ever Made"
AIR shows how Sonny Vaccaro was instrumental in Nike beating Converse and Adidas in signing Michael Jordan to a shoe contract. I have to get this out of the way right now. Alex Convery’s script is mostly perfect. This goes not just for the screenwriter but director Ben Affleck, actor Matt Damon, and film editor William Goldenberg, too. There’s a scene in the film where they’re talking about athletes and signing them at Nike. I…"AIR: How Nike Won Over And Signed Michael Jordan"
The Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting, written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, marks the 25th anniversary of its theatrical release in 1997. The film would earn $225 million worldwide against a production budget of $10 million. The box office to production ratios in the 1990s-2000s are statistics that we’ll rarely see again. You might have a film that takes off every once in a while but after the pandemic and shorter theatrical windows, we’ll never…"Good Will Hunting Marks 25th Anniversary"
Not only does The Last Duel feature a rape in the film but audiences have to see it happening on screen twice from different perspectives. Yes, the film is based on historical events. However, the point still stands that this film doesn’t sit well with me. At the same time, it should not have depicted the same rape twice on screen. The script is based on a book by Eric Jager but drawing on real-life…"The Last Duel Features Rape Twice On Screen"
Stillwater, the new Tom McCarthy film starring Matt Damon, borrows heavily from the events that transpired during the Amanda Knox case. There’s a few key differences between Allison Baker (Abigail Breslin) and Amanda Knox. For one, Knox’s case took place in Italy and came while she was studying abroad. Two, both of her parents were alive and from what I can tell, neither were blue collar workers. But it’s the gist of the case that…"Stillwater Borrows From The Amanda Knox Case"