REVIEW: Free Guy (2021)

Jodie Comer as Molotov Girl and Ryan Reynolds as Guy in FREE GUY — Photo: Alan Markfield / 20th Century Studios.

Directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) — Screenplay by Matt Lieberman & Zak Penn.

It feels like I have been waiting for Free Guy for so long, and, in a way, I have. The first trailer was released back in 2019, then its theatrical release was delayed again and again due to the COVID-19 pandemic until it was finally released in the summer of 2021. And now it has finally been released on Disney+ in select regions. I actually always enjoyed the trailers, but, I must admit that, a small part of me was trepidatious about the film because I worried that I would have the same problems with Free Guy that I had with Ready Player One. But even though Free Guy does have plenty of references, I never thought it was as overwhelming as I thought the aforementioned modern Spielberg dystopian action film was. I quite enjoyed this movie, warts and all.

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Final 91st Academy Awards Nomination Predictions – Special Features #44

Nomination voting is over. Many precursor nominations have already happened, and now we are just waiting for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to announce what stars and films they want to honor. The nominations will be announced on January 22nd, so, today, I will present my final update of my Oscar nomination predictions.  Continue reading “Final 91st Academy Awards Nomination Predictions – Special Features #44”

Box Office Predictions – April 2018

Disney is ready. Marvel Studios is ready. Thanos is ready. But are you ready? April 2018 brings us the third Avengers-film, which will bring together the Guardians of the Galaxy with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. In this month’s edition of Box Office Predictions, I make my opening weekend prediction for Avengers: Infinity War.
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Should Netflix Films Be Eligible for the Oscars? – Special Features #21

I have reviewed many Netflix films, and I really enjoy doing that. These are films that are, in most cases, released at the same time for everyone everywhere. That is genuinely a good consumer-friendly distributing system. Sure, some of these films are godawful, but sometimes among the ‘Netflix films of the week’ something truly special appears on the streaming service. Continue reading “Should Netflix Films Be Eligible for the Oscars? – Special Features #21”

REVIEW: Ready Player One (2018)

Theatrical Release Poster – Warner Bros. Pictures

The following is a review of Ready Player One — Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Steven Spielberg — you won’t find many directors as skilled as he is, and you probably won’t ever find a filmmaker with as good an eye for entertainment as he has. His name is etched into the world of film and pop culture, and there really are not many like him. It is pretty perfect for the director behind such films as Jurassic Park, the Indiana Jones-films, and E. T.: The Extra-Terrestrial to make Ready Player One — a film so drenched in nostalgia and popular nerd culture that it might as well have been called ‘Easter Egg: The Movie.’ Continue reading “REVIEW: Ready Player One (2018)”