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!!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
September is that weird movie month where we aren’t quite to spooky season, not yet into the awards showcases yet, not quite at the holiday timeframe where families and friends round out time together with a movie, so this one ends up being a grab bag of movies with a pretty wide range of concepts and talent.
Don’t Worry Darling - The Woman King - Bros
September offers up a trio of potential big theatrical releases. Our Nights Out radar always starts filling up coming out of Labor Day. Based on the plots, directors and stars in these three, our top of the list picks look promising. Check back after we get a chance to check out these if they’re worth a watch.
September is always a tough month on the home front to get kids back into routines, regimens, arithmetic and alliteration. Movie studios know this and looking ahead to the nights where parents have hit their walls and need it ALL laid out in front of them on an easy Friday night, they’re doing them a favor and dropping titles on streaming platforms. Thank the suits this time around for making the right call for us. Here’s what we’ve got to look forward to with the little ones heading into the fall.
Yes, that’s a Rob Zombie movie for the crew making the cut. Could be a rabbit hole or just a one stop kind of night as you introduce your fam to The Munsters. Additionally l, time to hop on the next train to Nostalgiaville because the 90s favorite, Hocus Pocus gets the 20s treatment of increasing that dopamine to 11 with the cast back for another time or running amok, amok, amok.
Thank the suits this time around for making the right call for us. Here’s what we’ve got to look forward to with the little ones heading into the fall.
Wrapping up the summer of 2022 as one we feel will be remembered as a sign of shifts in tastes and studio approaches due to the success of Top Gun: Maverick.
Tossing out our thoughts on a pivot point type of summer. Could it actually point to something impossible to fathom but BIG MOVIES FOR ADULTS CAN WORK (and the coveted 18-35 might come out too)? We’re big believers in movie preferences reflecting a lot more than just picking a movie (societal shifts, consumer trends, reflectors of society to name a few). With TGM, the age span of moviegoers had to be one of the widest seen in recent memory and it begs an important question: Will studios take note or go further down the reboot, sequel path that TGM seemed to avoid the pitfalls which seemed blinking red in front of it before audiences embraced it
BIG MOVIES FOR ADULTS CAN WORK (and the coveted 18-35 might come out too)
Top Gun: Maverick
Where the Crawdad Sings
COMICS ARE HERE TO STAY AND NOT GOING ANYWHERE . . . FOR NOW
Is it possible that as Marvel wraps up Phase 4, which I will be glad to hear any rationale, calm takes on what Phase 4 overall is really about, but are there chips appearing in the armor and points of saturation starting to appear (Thor weekend two box-office drop the beginning of a drip, streaming shows cutting into the event-of-it-all)? Today, right now, the answer may be no and an absolutely never can happen but nearly 15 years in and a generation coming and going plus the upcoming lineup in Phase 5 . . . we’re just posing a question.
WHAT’S GOING ON WITH FAMILY MOVIE PREFERENCES?
Minions hit big but DC League of Super Pets swung and missed, while Lightyear faded away. What does it all mean?
The reality of summer fading into fall is on the books this week with the flicks to help transition out of the best time of the year. Loss of innocence, moving on, looking back and seeing the full view of the summer that was. No matter how old we get, the sounds of summer change and fade away but those of summer often are the loudest with the late nights, trips, sunburns and frankly boatload of memories we’ve created.
Movies might take up a sliver of our fullest summers but they are a part of the pie nonetheless. From Crooklyn and a summer on the stoop to anxiety of the school day in Eight Grade, this time of year is one of reflection, happiness and melancholy, yet they end up being the ones we look back on with some of the most reverence of any memories we have.