Black Panther Movie Screenshots

Look, Black Panther looks fucking incredible. There’s really nothing else to be said. It’s a Ryan Coogler film, he re-teams with his DP from Fruitvale Station, Rachel Morrison. Here are some of my favorite images from both trailers:

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Ryan Coogler’s other films have arguably been the best of their respective years. Black Panther could very likely join those ranks.

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THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE in 35mm: So long, Tobe Hooper

We lost Tobe Hooper this year. A legendary filmmaker who created among the most powerful and exuberant genre films the world has ever seen. How appropriate then that a 35 mm screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre would be projected at BeyondFest, a film festival showcasing film culture’s fun house genre appeal. Don Coscarelli, Mick Garris, Tom Holland and Adam Rifkin introduced the film with each one commemorating an experience with their comrade in genre. It became clear quickly that Tobe Hooper was being honored as a person first and foremost. By all accounts, he was a passionate artist, wanting to entertain and striving to create new methods of expression on film. To paraphrase Mick Garris, the best way to honor him is to watch one of his films. And so we did. Continue reading “THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE in 35mm: So long, Tobe Hooper”

My Favorite Movies: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a damn good movie. On a technical level, it’s astounding. But that comes with the territory of J.J. Abrams. What was most striking to me after one or two (or a few more) viewings in theaters was the attention to scale and character. Star Wars is a series that is inherently expansive in scope and detail. The worlds are vast, ever-growing and are the definition of unlimited potential (UnlimitedPower.Gif) Continue reading “My Favorite Movies: THE FORCE AWAKENS”

Catching Up With & Without Words in the THE DEFENDERS

I just popped on the first episode of The Defenders earlier today and I find myself really liking it. Albeit, the premiere is all about catching us up with where these people have been. It’s a rock solid intro that I totally forgive for not bringing our characters together, for the sake of bringing us up to speed. Action plots are cool, but they’re nothing if we don’t care about who these people are. Continue reading “Catching Up With & Without Words in the THE DEFENDERS”

Let’s Talk About CinemaSins

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Would you say Coca Cola is better than Pepsi? Sure, if you felt that way there’s no reason for you not to. They have similar tastes, look and consistency. There are grounds for comparison. Would you compare Pepsi to an orange soda? Sure, it’s a soda. But if you’re looking for something that tastes like orange flavored, why would you even go for the Pepsi? Sometimes you never know you wanted something different, so you roll with the flavor of the orange soda. It’s a pleasant surprise. Would you compare soda to an ice cream? No, because that’s fucking ridiculous and the two only go together with a root-beer float kind of deal. How about a soda to a pizza? Fuck no. What’s wrong with you? If you’re hungry, you get the pizza. If you’re thirsty, get the soda. They are clearly two different states of matter. You wouldn’t complain about a soda not being solid enough, nor would you complain about a pizza being liquid enough (also they’re not healthy but you get the point). So why do these arguments in the vein of these comparisons come up with movies? Continue reading “Let’s Talk About CinemaSins”

My Favorite Movies: MANHUNTER

“Have you ever seen blood in the moonlight, Will? It appears quite black.”

One of the best directed thrillers around. Manhunter isn’t so much interested in extraneous details of how characters came to be, filling information gaps with the nuance of a Criminal Minds episode but rather interested in the psychological weights of pure empathy. Continue reading “My Favorite Movies: MANHUNTER”