Earlier this year, Clint Eastwood wrote and directed a film starring three young heroes who stopped a terrorist attack in France called The 15:17 to Paris. Unfortunately, this gamble did not pay off as the movie with amateur actors bombed critically and didn’t reach the heights that Eastwood set for the film. Ten months later, Eastwood has a chance at redemption with a film called The Mule and Eastwood does not flub his second chance.
The future is female…that is unless that future involves guns, cartels, and vigilante justice. Most of you should remember the media’s meltdown over the film Death Wish that starred Bruce Willis earlier this year. A film that was savaged as racist, alt-right, problematic, and a Fox News wet dream by progressive critics, so it is interesting that a film starring Jennifer Garner with almost the same premise gets to fly completely under the radar. It is also interesting that members of the ‘Punch Nazis’ crowd have such a problem with on-screen vigilantes or at least the ones they don’t approve of.
A murder mystery set in a world where humans and puppets co-exist, but puppets are viewed as second-class citizens. When the puppet cast of an ’80s children’s TV show begins to get murdered one by one, a former cop, who has since become a private eye, takes on the case.
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.
I don’t believe it’s an exaggeration to say that Taylor Sheridan is the best writer in Hollywood bar none right now. He wrote my favorite film of 2015 Sicario, he wrote one of my favorite films of 2016 Hell or High Water, and now he has written my favorite film of the year thus far Sicario: Day of the Soldado.
This film is the representation of everything that black people try to distance themselves from, only to be reinforced by other black people. Hip Hop culture that sees this type of life as realistic and something to be glorified. Where criminals are portrayed as the good guys, the law is portrayed as the bad guys, and the American Dream is dumbed down to naked women, piles of cash, and a celebration of excess.
Ocean’s 8 is full of cameos and full of fun. While the film doesn’t get everything out of it’s cast that will would have liked, there isn’t any question that the result is an entertaining popcorn flick to kick off the Summer movie season. There definitely won’t be any talk ruining the franchise in this one, the spinoff of the remake is in good hands.