Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. April is looking a whole lot more lucrative than forecasted as three new films arrive to challenge the surprise hit A Quiet Place. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (4/13/2018): Rampage, Beirut, Truth or Dare
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. After a parade of blockbusters, the first weekend of April offers three, well-reviewed, diverse pictures for moviegoers. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (4/6/2018): A Quiet Place, Blockers, Chappaquiddick
What happens when reality gets to be too much? Well, most of us depart it as soon as possible. “Humankind cannot bear very much reality,” (little T.S. Eliot for you) and it’s true. Especially in the hypersaturated information age, reality is an overwhelming non-stop sensory onslaught. People need to check out to stay sane. Some find healthy ways of doing this, others not so healthy, but the need for escapism remains. In Ready Player One, the enter world has escaped a depressing society into a virtual reality playground known as the OASIS. Inside, the whole world is engaged in a treasure hunt to find three keys that will unlock the ownership of the OASIS embedded in the system by its deceased founder. If that sounds like an awesome premise for a story, you are correct. The book is one of my favorite of the last decade. Whether you like Ready Player One or not, is probably going to depend on whether you have read the book or not and know just how much better THAT story is than the one Steven Spielberg delivers. Continue reading Movie Review: Ready Player One (2018) *All Pop Without the Culture*
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. Easter weekend gets a Spielberg film, and two vastly different other wide releases. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (3/30/2018): Ready Player One, Acrimony, God’s Not Dead 3
Ready Player One is a book I loved, and I have never felt that any of the trailers that have been presented for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming adaptation of the book felt like they were on point, and that continues with the final trailer, which is an homage to the Willy Wonkaesque quest that players will go on in the OASIS to find the hidden keys. I have no confidence in Steven Spielberg as a director anymore, either as a serious film maker or a crafter of the kind of blockbusters he created as a the driving financial force in Hollywood. There seems way more emphasis on Easter Eggs and cameos in this trailer than the actual plot, which is more than enough to sell the story. If they’d pushed The Iron Giant this much before his own movie, more people would have seen that animated classic. He’s gotten more screen time than the plot. I hope I’m wrong, but I think this film is going to go horribly off the rails. Ready Player One opens in March 29, 2018.
Set in the near future, Ready Player One follows outcast teenager Wade Watts (Sheridan), who escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to the OASIS, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When eccentric billionaire who created the OASIS dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Along with gamers from around the world, Wade joins the adventure, and quickly finds himself pitted against powerful corporate foes and other ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the oasis or the real world, to reach the treasure first. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cook, Leticia Wright, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, and Ben Mendelsohn.