If Act One of the Five Act Structure is essentially the exposition, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” nails it. This brings us to Act Two, or, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”. Often referred to as the “Rising Action”, Act Two is where the stakes are raised. With the audience now thoroughly immersed in this period of history within the Wizarding World, the plot begins to build up some momentum.Read More
Directed by Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips”, “United 93”), “22 July” recounts the 2011 terror attacks in Norway which left 77 dead, hundreds injured, and an entire nation devastated.
I have watched it half a dozen times.
Let’s get this straight: this film is by no means easy to watch. It is heartbreaking, to say the least, and will undoubtedly anger a number of viewers given the true story subject matter and the current political climate of the world. But that’s exactly why you should watch it.Read More
Marvel and Disney have invested more money into this ambitious endeavor than most of us will ever see in our lifetimes but it is the investment executives and creatives have made in the stories themselves and therefore in their audience that has made the MCU the tremendous success that it is today. If you have not seen Infinity War or do not care to read about my theory for fear of potential spoilers for both part one and part two, I will not be offended if you decide to read no further than this paragraph. For the rest of you, if it turns out that I am right, you were warned.Read More
What drew me to "A Quiet Place" was the movie’s premise which couldn’t be any simpler than its logline: A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. Now, I can understand limiting verbal communication and the use sign language instead, but day to day life is not easy to do in silence. If you’ve ever tried to be quiet at home while others are sleeping, you know exactly what I mean. Suddenly attempting to be courteous turns into a huge mission because for some reason or another, everything you do is somehow louder than usual. Mix in the idea of monsters with an acute sense of hearing, I’m curious how that could be a feasible existence. On top of that, I did see some of the press for the film including an article by the Hollywood Reporter talking about the filmmakers’ push for a deaf actress to play the teenage daughter, Reagan (Millicent Simmonds) and an interview with Emily Blunt on The Late Late Show with James Corden where she confesses she asked her husband, writer/director/actor John Krasinski, to fire her friend from the lead female role because of how much she loved the script. She’s excited, I’m excited. Sold. Going.Read More
Whenever I heard someone say how excited they were for “Black Panther” because it looked cool, I was quick to reply with “I’m excited about this movie because of how important it is,” which usually got a perplexed look in response. Now, I will not claim to have read the comic books but basic knowledge of the character, his world, and the time he was introduced in the Marvel Universe meant I knew without having picked up a single issue that the Black Panther was revolutionary. A black African warrior royal from the most technologically advanced country in the world came into being in the 1960s – hence his moniker – presenting a much different picture of the continent than was known at that time and arguably still imagined by even those who sit in the highest seats of government today.Read More
Truth be told, it took me a little while to get onboard with this show because I was on a sci-fi/fantasy kick for a while watching Harry Potter on repeat, Game of Thrones, and Doctor Who. All of which I still love and get excited every time anyone makes mention of any of the three - and learning that someone in my life doesn't like them makes me question their standing in it. It's one of the reasons my relationship with my mother can be fragile. But after I finally listened to my older sister and sat down to watch it, I was hooked. And I'm going to tell you why. Of course.Read More