Archive for May 2017

Movie Review - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Movie Review - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES Genre: Action/Adventure Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 129 mins. Premise: Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) chases down a McGuffin – er, the trident of Poseidon – with an old enemy (Javier Bardem) hot on his trail and out for revenge. Behind-the-Scenes: Though the series has seen diminishing box office returns domestically, the last... Read more »

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 4 (May 23, 1997)

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 4 (May 23, 1997)
This weekend sees the wide release of two movies – both set on or near water and each competing for different audiences: the fifth installment in the long-past-its-prime Pirates of the Caribbean series, Dead Men Tell No Tales, and a big screen adaptation of the seminal ’90s TV show, Baywatch, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac... Read more »

Movie Review - Alien: Covenant

Movie Review - Alien: Covenant
ALIEN: COVENANT Genre: Sci-Fi Horror Rating: R Running Time: 122 mins. Premise: A crew of romantically entangled shipmates head to a remote planet to colonize it, only to discover something distinctly “alien” threatening their very existence. Behind-the-Scenes: After debuting to $51M and a wave of pre-release hype surrounding director Ridley Scott’s return to the franchise, 2013’s Prometheus quickly developed a... Read more »
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James Comey shows his work

James Comey shows his work
I’ve been really obsessed with “work” lately. One of my favorite podcasts is the “Show Your Work” podcast from the Lainey Gossip site. The hosts dig into the “work” of being an actor, writer, athlete, whatever. They talk about how commitment to the “work” or the “effort” is really inspiring. An actor’s relationship to “work”... Read more »

Movie Review - King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Movie Review - King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD Genre: Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 126 mins. Premise: Orphaned as a child when his parents are cruelly murdered right in front of his eyes, young Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) must reclaim his destiny and become King by taming his powerful sword and using it to defeat his evil uncle Vortigern (Jude Law). Behind-the-Scenes: Originally set... Read more »

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 2 (May 9, 1997)

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 2 (May 9, 1997)
This weekend sees the wide or semi-wide release of 4 movies: Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, the Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn comedy Snatched, Doug Liman’s The Wall (which apparently is not as “Great” as the Matt Damon flick from earlier this year), and Lowriders. Let’s get in our time machine and go back... Read more »
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Hammering Out... Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Hammering Out... Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Hammering Out… is a series of movie reviews featuring a lively he said/she said discussion between John and Julie. Next up: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2. JOHN: At this point, Marvel pretty much runs Hollywood. They own the early May date that kicks off summer. Their movies consistently top $200M and often go higher.... Read more »

Summer Movie Wager

Summer Movie Wager
Do you listen to /Film’s podcast? It’s a good one. They talk about movies and TV and movie theater etiquette and all kinds of things. Every summer they do a Summer Movie Wager to guess which films will make the most money this year. They choose a top ten–numbers ten and one are weighted the... Read more »

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 1 (May 2, 1997)

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 1 (May 2, 1997)
There’s a lot of nostalgia going around these days. From TV reboots and continuations like Fuller House and Gilmore Girls, to movie sequels like T2: Trainspotting (still a terrible title) and reboots like next year’s The Predator, and elsewhere, people seem keen on rehashing the past to get their entertainment kicks. I’m no different. In... Read more »
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