Being a 24-year fan of professional wrestling, there was no way I wasn’t watching this film. For those who aren’t in the know when it comes to the world of rasslin’, Saraya-Jade Bevis, who is known in WWE by her ring name Paige, was essentially a child prodigy in the industry. Paige was an underground wrestling sensation as a teenager as her family ran a wrestling show and she was featured prominently. In 2011, she received her big break with the WWE at the age of 18. A few years later she became the youngest women’s champion in the company’s history and it looked like the sky was the limit.
Critics have a hard enough time these days maintaining credibility in the face of being called shills for certain studios or even being criticized for being the wrong race and gender to review a movie in the first place. Fair or unfair, it is a bad look for the industry to turn into attack dogs that serve push the agenda of ideologues and I’m saying this as an openly biased critic. Is The Upside a great film? No, but it is a very good one but if you are waiting for mainstream critics to tell you that, you may be dealing with people who decided to sink the movie before it ever had a chance.
Believe it or not, there was a time in America where journalists questioned their own ethics when writing and reporting a story…about Democrats. If you are a Republican, you can damn sure look forward to journalists screaming loaded questions from halfway across the room while they wrestle the mic away from your interns just to make you look as bad as humanly possible.
Oh God…can you believe that at one point Sacha Baron Cohen was set to star as Freddie Mercury? Dodged that bullet. There is no denying that Freddie Mercury is one of the greatest and most iconic voices in the history of music. But not many people in today’s age know the rise and fall of the band Queen.
BlackKkKlansman is a film based on the true story of Ron Stallworth an African-American detective in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Back in 1978, Ron manages to infiltrate the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan via phone conservation and sending white Detective Flip Zimmerman to have face to face meetings when needed. By using this con, Stallworth eventually becomes the head of the chapter in a cunning takedown. Much like The First Purge, BlackKkKlansman is all about condemning Donald Trump and his supporters.
Americana, Guns, Faith, Military, and Islāmic Terror Attacks…five things to guarantee a bad rating on Rotten Tomatoes. All jokes aside, I was skeptical when Director Clint Eastwood announced that he had cast Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone to play themselves in the film The 15:17 to Paris in where they reacted the 2015 Thalys train attack.
Hollywood invested a lot of time, programming, and money into making sure he didn’t win and when that didn’t happen, people kinda lost their shit. Steven Spielberg put the production of this movie on the fly because he saw “scary parallels” between The Pentagon Papers and today’s White House. The narrative of this movie is “truth tellers” are to be believed and they are the “real heroes”. Reality is that just isn’t the case.
Screenwriter Steven Rogers tells a story about Harding that has rarely been told, and we end up sympathizing with her for the first time telling this story. When the Detroit attack happened, Harding was painted as the villain as Kerrigan was portrayed as the poor innocent girl who viciously attacked. While the attack was indeed dastardly, Kerrigan’s portrayal by the media was anything but accurate, while people were too harsh on Tonya but history is written by the victor.
Gary Oldman’s interpretation of Winston Churchill is one of the best historical captures we have seen in years. Along with the great Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel who captures the tensions of war and debate visually with dramatic panning/perspective shots, Darkest Hour is Oldman’s career-defining moment as well as a great story of leadership in the most trying of times.
This isn’t a movie for mainstream audiences, but if there is someone who I hope watches this film it is someone from the Trump Administration. Veteran care in this country has a long way to go and the first step in fixing it is doing so from the top down. Anyone who goes to war to fight for our country should be first in line over anyone else to get the care they deserve. Thank You For Your Service isn’t a pro-military film, but it has one of the most pro-military messages of the year, help out vets.