January 31st, 2023
Like Thanos, for some of us cold weather is inevitable. Carol at work will surely drop a “Brrr, it’s getting chilly out there! Good thing I’ve got my fifth cup of coffee before 9,” you’ll laugh, die a little inside - you know the drill this time of year. However, Carol is onto something with the cold weather and staying warm but that’s where we end our agreements with her and choose to dive into cold weather flicks to keep us warm. We’re celebrating the tundras, quiet coldness and all things cold this week. Also, why are we obsessed with Carol? When the snow falls it triggers something in us to climb onto the couch and mirror what we see outside. In this case maybe mirroring our movie-watching with what we see outside might not be ideal as we take on two seemingly doomed journeys in the elements. If you’re looking for the fear and freeze but from the safety of your couch, we recommend The Revenant and Vertical Limit. It’s okay if your bring a blanket, hand warmers and hot chocolate - we don’t judge. Surprising emotional weight to it ✅ - we’re definitely talking Eight Below here in a better than you might think title with the Disney stamp + sled dogs on the surface. A deeper-cut Paul Walker favorite of ours this one is sure to surprise. Now, Out Cold, what can we say but a perfect summary of the now seemingly chaotic nature of random studio movies form the early ‘00s. Galifinakis, a London brother, sheer idiocy and early ‘00s cold weather celebration at the peak of coldness - a ski resort.
Bring On the Cheese
We’re celebrating all things CHEESY! Get ready for some grade-A, pure melted cheese goodness. We've got everything from Child’s Play to Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and Idle Hands.
Grab your popcorn, snuggle up with your loved ones (or your cat, we don't judge), and get ready for a night of pure, unadulterated cheese. As M3GAN graced screens the weekend of January 6 in the year of our lord two-thousand and twenty-three. If that line sounds over-the-too and tongue firmly planted in cheek then you too will be celebrating what promises to be the meme-making, cheese-fest of the year, so let’s all lean into the fun with a weekend full of mindless mayhem. If you don’t join in it’s okay, we’ll send our besties to help you out. See you all weekend for the start of the mix!
Movies That Motivate
Whatever the dog days of winter are it might feel like that right now for someone out there, plus the weight of well - trying to lose weight - this time of year we could all use a lift from cinematic pals, friends and motivators. Maybe you need to write your own Dracula opera, get knocked down just to get back up one more time or maybe most of all get busy living or get busy dying.
January 02nd, 2023
With the massive success of Top Gun:Maverick, it's clear that movie studios should take note of the power of nostalgia and bringing back beloved franchises but in a very specific way of melding the past with a bit of regret and realism with a foundation for the inevitable future without the franchise’s stars of yesterday. The combination of a beloved property with a talented cast and crew resulted in a critically acclaimed and financially successful film but what was different with this one? There’s no denying people wanted to see Tom Cruise as Maverick one more time but there was an in-theatre experience considered, presented with one foot in nostalgia and the other in a heightened, simple reality. As we look to the future of the industry, it's important to remember the value of honoring the past and giving the audience a good time on the other end of the product, not just consumers looking for the next drip of an obligation - utility-like movie. We all want more.
FAMILY FOR THE HOLIDAYS
We all know this time of year is a mixture of emotions which range from glee to rage and whatever sits just aside from dumbfounded and delighted. Sometimes the best way to handle our familial issues is to sit in silence for a couple of hours and let the onscreen families do the talking and dysfunction. Or, maybe you’d long to have another opportunity to roll your eyes and bite your tongue or guess what . . . laugh and hug the whole crew. You know, the more and more I think about it maybe we could all use a voice like Juno’s dad Lady Bird’s mom greet us at the door one more time, even if it takes some restraint and perspective to take the step in the door because at the end of the day that’s living life with family. Or it’s all a mess and you revel it going the Knives Out approach. Happy Holidays!!!!!!
Gone Too Soon
Wakanda Forever is going to stir up A LOT of emotions. On many levels, Chadwick Boseman WAS the best of what Black Panther was for us - dignified grace and strength. We had played out what Black Panther might be like on the big screen and when we saw him thought, yep, they nailed it.
Remembering and celebrating are often riding right along each other. As cinephiles we use movies for a lot of different things - escape, finding our path or getting over something tragic. When our cinematic outlets turns into the source of despair, it can be tough to find more of the celebration. However, part of looking back at stars too soon it allows us to appreciate and then ultimately celebrate that which we got. Although decades apart, both Chadwick Boseman and James Dean share similar spaces in our cinematic minds. Both gone too soon but a catalog of lasting flicks to go back to and move closer and closer to celebration.
This is a celebration of the good times we had getting to know these talents and a testament to their ability to create lasting memories for moviegoers decades after.
Sleepover Night: Horror Edition
Those nights where you begged your parents to let the group sleep over and it just so happened to be October were the absolute best. Not one for hyperbole but we truly believe the best sleepover months are June and October as you headed out of school and had just gotten back into the mundane days of Monday through Friday in Octobers. A Friday after school in October getting to ride your buddy’s bus, play outside, eat some pizza, games and then wind it down with a pick or two that could be an absolute spin on the wheel of core memories - both good and bad.
Next Big Reboot? Horror Edition
The Halloween series ends this year 😉😉😉 and there will be a void in theatres without the stream of Myers/Strode family drama sustaining our big-time horror needs. Only one thing to do: Go back to the well again. What 80s, 90s, 00s properties, IPs, straight-to-video, hidden gems and beyond could rise to the challenge? We try to break it down and get your thoughts.
Don’t Worry Darling is getting a lot of buzz but mainly for behind-the-scenes, onset drama surrounding the director, cast and all that comes along with that in 2022. Even as the lasers focus in on Don’t Worry Darling, waiting for it to show a flaw or anything less than perfection, a good reminder for today’s audiences is to look back on some of the other buzzy movies Hollywood has produced before with mixed results - some of them being home runs and some well, we will just keep moving along. Here’s to the budget being busted, high-concepts going sideways and the box-office bottoming out or breaking records with no in-between.
With Barbarian gaining some buzz for the weekend of September 9 and some twists and turns to be served up for audiences, it got us thinking about movies that surprised us: both in the literal sense as it relates to the plot and when it came to expectations, too. This week is a celebration of cinematic surprises that we didn’t see coming but glad we got to go on the ride with our eyes wide open as the movies found the groove.
The Sixth Sense, obviously. Fight Club for the wild ride where we all became Jack. Malignant as we all scratched our heads . . . the back of them that is.
The Lego Movie? Toys being made into ANOTHER movie? Never like this before. The Lego Batman Movie? Another BATMAN movie but with the toy angle? Yep. Genuine thoughts we had and we’re completely blown away at how good both were and are staples of family movie nights.