Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise is going to be looked back on by film scholars as one of the most peculiar artifacts of our current blockbuster era. The first film, while critically divisive, is still looked back upon positively by most audiences. The same cannot be said about Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon, which are regarded as something between messy and boring, two qualities that do not befit Michael Bay’s filmography.
The 20th edition of the Dances With Films Festival wrapped last week, and here’s a quick look at three of the films that screened as part of their lineup. For more information about this yearly indie film fest, be sure to head
Continuing its successful festival run after premiering at Cinequest a few months ago, writer-director Kyle Eaton’s Shut Up Anthony just won a Spirit Award for Narrative Feature at the recently concluded Brooklyn Film Festival...and with good reason.
I don’t think I’m alone when I say what a surprise the first John Wick film was on nearly every level. From its top-notch, next-level action sequences to its unique worldbuilding, Wick’s first outing, featuring the stellar Keanu Reeves, became a sleeper hit in 2014
Titan Books’ latest release for Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is a weighty, beautiful tome full of stunning artistry and delightful insights into the world of Princess Diana, the invincible enemy of injustice.
There’s something fun about predicting the world of the future. We know our guesses will be massively off, but through our visions clouded by our favorite works of sci-fi, we think forward and see a world dramatically different from our own.
Writer/director/star Demetri Martin delivers in his directorial debut, Dean, a story about a man struggling to make sense of his world. Known to many as a contributor on The Daily Show and his show Important Things with Demetri Martin, the stand-up comedian is also a New York Times best-selling author, who undoubtedly pulls from his real-life experiences in this movie about an illustrator named Dean who is stuck in a rut.
The DC Extended Universe finally has a coherent, entertaining, and genuine superhero story. The sincerity of Wonder Woman comes, in part, from its period setting and positioning outside of a meticulously structured, episodic timeline. Mostly, though, director Patty Jenkins’ origin story succeeds by creating a convincing heroine who’s actually selfless and a true source of inspiration.
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Author: Simon Ward
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I was just entering my senior year of high school when Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World was released and proved to be one of the most formidable films of my adolescence. Based on the Daniel Clowes comic book series, the film seemed to be speaking directly to me, a self-perceived disenfranchised youth who hated authority and loved everything odd and kitsch.