Tag: Movie

Film Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

Conventional wisdom would tell you that “Iron Man” is the best of the Marvel franchise films, and objectively, that is probably true. It is the flashiest and most impressively constructed of the lot, but I prefer the first “Captain America” picture. In comparison to the others, it has by far the most style and proved… Read More

Why Has “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Been So Successful?

Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was just released a short time ago, and already the picture is proving a box office success for the director. At least when compared to the rest of his filmography.   (Related: Film Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel)   Coming off of “Moonrise Kingdom,” one of the strongest box office… Read More

Animation Review: Rio

  Blue Sky Studios is best known for their work on such films as “Ice Age,” “Robots,” and the recent “Epic,” but what is perhaps their best work, is the 2011 musical-comedy “Rio.”   Set mostly in Brazil and partly in Minnesota, this film concerns an anthropomorphic blue macaw, aptly named Blu. Blu is, apparently,… Read More

Film Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

  There is not a much better day than when the next Wes Anderson production rolls out into theaters. In each of his films, he creates a unique and ornate world that is all his own, and decorates it with overly-quirky, yet interesting characters that you cannot help but fall in love with. “The Grand Budapest Hotel”… Read More

Film Director Profile: Wes Anderson

  There are a few filmmakers who have had a profound impact on what independent cinema is today. Quentin Tarantino is one, Steven Soderbergh might be another, but perhaps no filmmaker has made quite as lasting an impact on the indie scene as Wes Anderson.   Anderson’s films have a distinct and definite style that… Read More

Ivan Reitman Not Directing Ghostbusters 3

  Fans of the 1980’s comedy franchise may be disappointed to hear that the director of the previous two “Ghostbusters” will not be returning for a third installment. Ivan Reitman has directed many successful comedies, including “Stripes” and “Meatballs,” but none have quite lived up to the “Ghostbusters” films, particularly the first one.   Reitman… Read More

TV Creator Profile: Shonda Rhimes

  Like in film, women are criminally underrepresented on the creative side of television production. Creators, producers, and writers on most major shows, for whatever reason, tend to be men. One major exception is writer/producer/director Shonda Rhimes.   Since beginning her career in the business back in 1995, Rhimes has worked on several of the… Read More

Why is Hollywood Losing Its Film Prestige?

  Since the early days of film in America, Hollywood has been the central hub of the industry. Nearly all of the major studios are based there, and productions are often done on sound stages in California.   Lately, though, many filmmakers and studios are choosing to make their pictures elsewhere, bringing with them jobs… Read More

Netflix Recommendation: Lost in Translation

  Netflix is a fantastic place for independent cinema to find an audience. For just eight dollars a month, you have access to hundreds of films, many of which are independently produced and have a hard time finding a place in theaters.   One independent film that has been available on Netflix for some time… Read More

Everything You Need to Know About “Guardians of the Galaxy”

The cast of heroes from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

  Since the first Spiderman movie became popular, Marvel Studios has periodically raised the bar on the action and humor in their movies. The comic book-based movie studio truly focused their attention on providing fans with action and humor packed content in their upcoming feature “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The Internet Movie Database synopsis of the movie provides some insights:… Read More