REVIEW: On the Rocks (2020)

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Written and Directed by Sofia Coppola (Lost In Translation) — Available on Apple TV+.

As most people know, Sofia Coppola is Hollywood royalty. She made appearances in many of her father’s films, before a less-than-stellar supporting performance in The Godfather Part III led to scathing reviews and, not long thereafter, her acting career was over. But Sofia Coppola is not just Hollywood royalty, she is also a terrific filmmaker. Over the years, she has managed to reinvent herself as a great director and for her second film as a director, 2003’s Lost in Translation, Coppola was allegedly inspired by her own relationship with her ex-husband and filmmaker Spike Jonze (Her). Since Lost in Translation, which I think is a beautiful film (as well as her best), it has been difficult not to look at her films as being directly inspired by her own experiences. When I watched On the Rocks, which, like Lost In Translation, features Bill Murray, I started to think about her relationship with both her father and middle-age. Continue reading “REVIEW: On the Rocks (2020)”

RETRO REVIEW: Ghostbusters 2 (1989)

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The following is a retro review of Ghostbusters 2 (1989).

In preparation for the release of Paul Feig’s new rebooted Ghostbusters, I’ve been rewatching the two original Ivan Reitman-films. I’ve always liked the franchise and the characters, but I’ve never been a real Ghostbusters-fanboy. Just the other day, I rewatched and reviewed the original Ghostbusters, which is still an amazing comedy.

Now, I hadn’t actually seen Ghostbusters 2 in, maybe, around ten or eleven years. I couldn’t really remember it that well, and, when I sat down to watch the sequel today, I found out why: Ghostbusters 2 is a terrible comedy sequel.  Continue reading “RETRO REVIEW: Ghostbusters 2 (1989)”

CLASSIC REVIEW: Ghostbusters (1984)

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The following is a classic review of Ghostbusters (1984).

Ghostbusters takes place in New York City and follows a team of scientists that focus on the supernatural, who, after getting their team name out to the public, are contacted by a woman named Dana Barrett (played by Sigourney Weaver). Barrett reports of a monster or spirit in her refrigerator by the name of Zuul. One of the scientists, Dr. Peter Venkman (played by Bill Murray), takes lead on the investigation, but he is more interested in Dana than the case.  Continue reading “CLASSIC REVIEW: Ghostbusters (1984)”

REVIEW: The Jungle Book (2016)

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Theatrical Release Poster – Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures

The following is a review of Disney’s The Jungle Book, a Jon Favreau Film. The reviewed film was seen in IMAX 3D.

Jon Favreau is a great director that has shown his talents both with blockbusters, like Iron Man, and with smaller, personal films, like Chef, so when he was announced for the ‘live-action’ Disney remake of the famous Rudyard Kipling stories the film community was very excited. I am so happy to write here that The Jungle Book might be the very best film Favreau has ever made, as well as Disney’s best attempt at improving and updating an animated classic. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Jungle Book (2016)”

Best Films of the Decade: 1990s

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The following is a top 10 list of the best films of the 1990s

The 1990s were very important for the evolution of major motion pictures. It gave us the Disney Renaissance (1989-1999), as well as Pixar – the greatest computer animation film studio in the world. Meanwhile, the advancements made in the field of CGI also made some of the most important 1990s films possible.

Do note that this is my personal top 10 list of the 1990s. Your favorite film may be missing, and I may have loved that film, but, ultimately, this is just a top 10. These decade-lists are the very hardest lists to write, for there are so many films that I had to leave out. If there are films on this list that you’ve never seen, then I would suggest that you check them out post-haste. These aren’t full reviews of every film, but each entry features a comment or two about the film.  Continue reading “Best Films of the Decade: 1990s”