Film

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” Bores

HOLLYWOOD—Look, it is no easy task to craft a musical that sings to the audience. I think the most grappling issue with musicals is the believability factor; who actually bursts out into song after something happy, tragic or unexpected transpires. It just doesn’t happen, and that is something that the cinematic universe has made possible since the 1940s and...

“First Man” Is An Absolute Bore

HOLLYWOOD—For those thinking that the biopic about astronaut Neil Armstrong would be something dazzling with Oscar-winner Damian Chazelle behind the camera and Ryan Gosling in the starring role, think again. “First Man,” while a triumph in some aspects is not the dramatic after punch expected. Don’t expect “Whiplash” or even “La La Land” standards. This is a drama at its...

“Vice” Is Phenomenal!

HOLLYWOOD—I’ve seen a lot of films in 2018, some great, some not so great, but wow, that’s the best way I can describe the satirical dramedy “Vice.” I don’t want to fully call it a comedy (which at times it feels more like that), but the movie does a sensational job of teetering the lines of having these fun...

“Greta” Delivers Chaotic Thrills

HOLLYWOOD—The teaser to the movie “Greta” gives the audience vibes of an intense psychological thriller. However, the movie was quite reminiscent in my opinion of a 90s classic known as “Misery.” That flick starred Oscar-winner Kathy Bates as an obsessed fan, who kidnapped her favorite author portrayed by James Caan. Bates’ character was unhinged and went to extreme lengths...

“Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” Is Subpar

HOLLYWOOD—There are those films made to appeal to all, and then you have those flicks that tend to have a specific audience they attempt to target. I’m not a major fan of such films because I believe true cinema can appeal to anyone, it just depends on how the script and characters are written and depicted rather that success...

“Black Panther,” “Tomb Raider” Battle At Box-Office

HOLLYWOOD—The comic book adventure “Black Panther” has ruled the box-office since its release on February 16. Not only has it mesmerized moviegoers, but it has broken all sorts of records in the cinematic universe. However, would a remake of a popular video game, “Tomb Raider” find a way to dethrone the box-office titan? No, and I have to say...

“Black Panther,” MTV Movie Award Winner

HOLLYWOOD—She was the breakout movie star of 2017 and it seems she is riding that success into 2018 with a bevy and I mean a bevy of films to come. Who am I referring to? I’m referring to Tiffany Haddish, who hosted the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards. For the consecutive year, the ceremony has chosen to eliminate...

“Avengers,” “RBG” Lead MTV Movie And TV Awards Noms

HOLLYWOOD—It doesn’t have the same clout that it used to have, but I do like that the MTV Movie & TV Awards have eliminated gender from the acting categories to just focus on the best of the best. To be honest it would cut a significant amount of time and many award shows and bring an edge to the...

“Creed II” Is A Fierce Knockout!

HOLLYWOOD—The boxing sequel that fans of the “Rocky” franchise have been eagerly waiting for, “Creed II” has arrived. Three years after the 2015 hit, audiences are being treated to Michael B. Jordan going into the ring with Florian Munteanu in a battle for the ages: Adonis Creed’s son battling Ivan Drago’s son. Yes, I love a great boxing movie...

“Roma,” “The Favourite” Lead Oscar Nominees

BEVERLY HILLS—We have been patiently waiting, but at long last the granddaddy of all award shows, the Academy Awards released the contenders for 2019, and to say there were a few surprises was an understatement. The nominees were announced by actor Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross. The banter between these two as they delivered the nominees was hilarious;...
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