Our week-long look at March is up with a surprisingly moving sports flick starring Ben Affleck. Lost and buried in March, 2020, The Way Back toes the line between two tough spots: Alcoholism and Sports. Two tough spots because if they are done wrong, melodrama, schmaltz and sappiness are sure to follow. Gavin O'Connor and Affleck avoid the pitfalls and clichés, delivering a terrific mix of authenticity, drama and on-the-court action. One to go back and catch, whether you are a sports fan or not as it is much, much more than just that. 300. Zack Snyder. March 2007. As the Snyder Cut has finally seen the day of light, going back to the visual experience which was 300, already 14 years ago, it was clear that a blockbuster maker was here. Double-feature with 300 & The Way Back - who would come up with that? Movie Night Masters, that's who. Got a March release from years ago that we should add to the list, drop them in the comments. The monthly look back opens up a world of possibilities and this March remix is one of the most eclectic in recent memory. Whether it was the arrival of Katness Everdeen on the big screen, what felt like 1,000 ways to die with Final Destination, Spielberg being Spielberg once again with Ready Player One and a goofy, raunchy trip in a Hot Tub Time Machine. It's March with a twist, turn and nod back to some of our favorites for a one-of-a-kind mashup.
Ever feel overwhelmed with too many choices for what to watch next? For those of us that probably got a toooooo hyped during the halftime show we can remember a time when having endless movies at our fingertips required a pile from Blockbuster. Now, our dreams have come true but we scroll, scroll, scroll the night away and where does it get us? A Soderbergh doubleheader from @hbomax brings together one of our 2021 favorites and somehow in less than a year, in typical Soderbergh fashion, another excellent entry into his filmography and the kickoff to 2022 being the year of Zoe Kravitz.
We’ve got you with a new dive into the vast world of streaming. We’ve shown the cable companies by tripling our bill with our expertise at cord-cutting, so now you’re up next to reap the benefits. Streaming Week is up!
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A fun refresh of the traditional rom-com with winning performances and chemistry from Jenny Slate and Charlie Day.
Platform: Amazon Prime
Soderbergh and Kravitz with a tight, compact 90-minute thriller very much for this moment in time. When the second act hits, Soderbergh shoots the panic and anxiety in such a way that it drops you into Kravitz’s character or reminds us that we very well may be seeing a reflection of ourselves and how we’d re-enter society, hopefully with a bit lower stakes than what is at stake in KIMI.
Platform: HBO Max
What collaborations could set the box-office on fire, create new IP or Franchises and be the stars of the 20s? Hang out with us as we go to the whiteboard and brainstorm what could be throughout 2022 with something of a fantasy draft for collaborations we’d like to see soon.
Jordan Peele Movie + Tom Holland
Hollywood needs a definitive star for the younger generation to latch onto and go on a ride with them where each movie becomes an event. Judging by the crowds I saw President’s Day Weekend, Tom Holland is very much that person teens are going to see whether Spider-Man or not. Now, the out of the park element would be to take the Director where each movie with their name on it is an event, Jordan Peele, and combine an original concept from him starring Tom Holland. Univers(al) let’s make this happen, please.
Jim Carrey + Ryan Reynolds
Seeing Jim Carrey back in the biggest goofball role as Dr. Robotnik has been one of the great pleasures from movies over the past couple of years. Living through the 90s, the elastic man, catch phrases and sheer lunacy felt like home and now another generation gets to feel the same as Sonic 2 comes out in April. As we scan the landscape for potential dream collaborations and matchups, Ryan Reynolds and Jim Carrey together as maybe a father-son duo on the road would get my money in a minute. Both wisecracking actors together could bring together a jolt of comedy that big movies could use and also create that ever elusive franchise creation all the studios look for in 2022.
We loved The Batman and it more than lived up to the hype but now it’s onto the next thing as we sift through the Spring Mix. Up this week: Can Channing, Sandra and Brad ignite a fire at the box-office, what does Morbius bring and does Dumbledore have another run in him? We’ll also toss in some of the smaller picks that shouldn’t be missed. P. S., this account will quickly become a Robert Eggers Stan account.