Laika Strikes Stop-Motion Gold Again with “Kubo”

Decades ago, people marveled at the simplicity and beauty of hand-drawn animation. In the mid-90s, computer generated images wowed audiences, and proved that a feature-length film could be achieved using only computer programming and some design savvy (“Toy Story”). Animation continues to push the boundaries of the medium, not just in CGI story-telling, but with…

Comic-Con Update: The Hottest New Movie Trailers!

Hey y’all! Over at Plotworms, I gave my two cents on all the fantastic new trailers that debuted at Comic-Con International this past weekend. It was crazy as always, and there’s so much new footage to sort through and hype to enjoy.

How “Spotlight” Strengthened My Beliefs

If you were watching the Academy Awards this past February, you may have been just as surprised as I was that it wasn’t “The Revenant” that swept the Big One, even after winning Best Actor and Best Director. Instead, the top prize of Best Picture went to “Spotlight”, a quieter film about the investigative team…

Don’t Believe the Critics: We Need More Warcraft

People have been panning “Warcraft” for all the wrong reasons. All those clickbait titles, “Sorry, It’s Bad”, “Don’t See It”, “They Failed Again,” are complete BS. What these critics did wrong is go into this movie with the wrong mindset. Whether you want to blame it on certain expectations, superhero fatigue, or just pandering to…

Hosoda Over Disney: What I Want My Children to See

I can imagine my parents growing up, thinking that Disney films were pretty cool. That great studio was practically unchallenged in the art of animation, and turned age-old stories into timeless classics that were forever enshrined in the countless VHS tapes of family homes. But it didn’t really hit me until now, that I am…

What’s This?! A Peter Pan/Alice in Wonderland Crossover?

It seems that Hollywood can’t get enough of reboots, and Disney is one of the worst offenders out there. However, compared to how the other studios are faring, Disney has been striking a chord with their audience. Their choice of reboots have been their most successful or classic properties, such as “The Jungle Book” and…

Most Underrated Movies: “Confessions” (Kokuhaku)

David Fincher is hard to replicate, let alone found in another director with a style even remotely similar to his work. His iconic dark imagery, noir overtones, long, foreboding camera shots, and artistic license has garnered millions of fans worldwide. However, over in Japan, a director named Tetsuya Nakashima seems to have done just that…

The Force-Convenience of Rey and Other “Force Awakens” Thoughts

I saw “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens”, and I thought it was pretty great! I blame the overhype for saturating my expectations, but I still left the theater feeling happy with this revival of the franchise on film and eagerly await Episode VIII. I thought there was just the right mixture of the…

Most Underrated Movies: Sympathy for “Speed Racer”

Everyone has those rainy day movies, the ones you pull out when it’s time to get cozy and think of nothing, but you still want to have a good time. I’ve reviewed quite a few underrated movies here and I think “Speed Racer” (the 2008 film), my rainy day movie, is definitely one of them….

Most Underrated Movies: “The Man From Nowhere”

It’s pretty easy to find a film that will make my jaw drop. Whether it’s a tear-jerking story or beautifully shot film, when I fall for a movie, I tend to fall hard and fast. But I have never fallen faster or harder than I did for Lee Jeong-beom’s Korean thriller, “The Man From Nowhere”….

A Scary Screenplay for Halloween

Halloween is next Saturday, and y’all are going to be out and about stealing candy from babies, or settling in for some scary movies with friends. Okay, maybe not stealing candy from babies (but I see you, you dumb teenagers who jack the whole bowl!), but regardless you want to be scared. Check out some…

“Sword of the Stranger”: How to Save Stand Alone Films

When taking in the upcoming release schedules for major Hollywood studios, it’s pretty obvious that as a whole the industry likes adaptations, reboots, and revivals. They also like “true stories” and “lineups” ‘til the end of the century! But Hollywood can do this because they have the means to: they have the money, the people,…