Will Smith is undeniably a wildly talented actor and musician. From his days on TV as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, he was launched into a movie career that skyrocketed so high so quickly, that there was a period of time in the late 1990s that summer didn’t seem complete without a Will Smith blockbuster. Unfortunately, when that run of hits ended, Smith has never quite regained his career equilibrium. Not merely a blockbuster or comedy actor, Smith has extremely powerful dramatic acting muscles as he’s shown in films like The Pursuit of Happyness, Ali, and Concussion. He also has an affinity for science fiction from the hits that made him: Independence Day and Men in Black (not the awful two sequels) to the underrated I, Robot and I Am Legend (which, yes, I do in fact think is a really good film). His project choice, though, is spotty, and the days when he was a bankable box office draw seem to be slipping away. Knowing his upcoming schedule, I’m not sure that’s going to change soon, but given his unlimited charisma and potential, it does have the potential to change given the right projects down the line.
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I love a good bad movie. There’s a sweet spot of bad in a movie, and this has to happen at home (not in the theater) where you begin to sync with the awfulness of a film and it ends up being an enjoyable campy experience. That is 100% the reason I watched 47 Meters Down, but unfortunately the film is a little too good to be a good bad movie and not good enough to be just a flat-out good movie. But Mandy Moore does cage-fight great white sharks! Continue reading Movie Review: 47 Meters Down (2017) *Mandy Moore vs. Sharks: CAGE FIGHT!*
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WB has debuted the first trailer for 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers, starring Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers films) and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, Nocturnal Animals). The new war drama, from Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, is based on Doug Stanton’s best-selling book Horse Soldiers and is the story of heroism based on true events that unfolded a world away in the aftermath of 9/11. Continue reading 12 Strong Trailer #1 (2018) *The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers*
WatchMojo is another great YouTube channel. Alongside CineFix and WhatCulture, it produces the best lists on YouTube. In honor of Geostorm hitting the box office amidst a sea of ACTUAL natural disasters that are horrible enough, I thought why not shoot the moon and feature a list where the entire planet actually ends? It goes without saying that if you haven’t seen any of these films…..well, the world DOES in fact end in them. Bang. Gone. Spoiler. They include some interesting films I haven’t seen and I love that they picked the criminally underrated Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, but how is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy only an honorable mention??? I cannot argue with their #1 pick and the only Kubrick film I could watch on a loop: Dr. Strangelove. So sit back, DON’T PANIC, and watch the world end a dozen or so times. Then real life won’t seem quite so dire (probably, I haven’t seen the news today so don’t hold me to that).
With wildfires continuing to rage in Northern California and across the Western United States, Only the Brave is a timely reminder of those who stand on the front lines of battling those blazes. The film is a primer on the life of a hotshot (a specialist in literally fighting fire with fire by setting controlled burns to rob wildfires of fuel) and a tribute to the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Based on the GQ article “No Exit”, the film is an excellent look at the life of the men who made up the unit, their families, and the circumstances that culminated in the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire disaster. If you don’t know anything about those events, the film is absolutely worth checking out and stop reading here if you don’t want to know more about what happened.
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