The Definitive ‘Rocky’ Ranking

The Definitive ‘Rocky’ Ranking

When Creed came out in 2015, people were initially unsure what to make of it. The story of Apollo Creed’s son who wants to get into boxing and seeks out Rocky Balboa to train him? It sounded like a cash grab. For me, Rocky Balboa was the only final word this franchise needed. The film Creed […]

Death and ‘Buster Scruggs’

Death and ‘Buster Scruggs’

Above all else, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a meditation on death, which means it is also a mediation on life because you can’t have one without the other—and as the trailer for the new live-action adaptation of The Lion King (something I am entirely against, by the way) reminds us, courtesy of Elton […]

Current Events and Movies: Pt. Two

Current Events and Movies: Pt. Two

The boast of heraldry, the pomp of pow’r, And all that beauty, all that wealth e’er gave, Awaits alike th’inevitable hour. The paths of glory lead but to the grave. -“Elegy Written In a Country Churchyard” by Thomas Grey, 1751 We recently celebrated Veterans Day. On that same day, November 11th, we also celebrated the 100th […]

Current Events and Movies: Pt. One

Current Events and Movies: Pt. One

Earlier this month, President Donald J. Trump got upset at CNN’s Jim Acosta and pulled Acosta’s White House press pass—meaning Acosta is no longer welcome at the White House. White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, then released a doctored video that had been sped up in which it appeared that Acosta was delivering a judo […]

Fade Out: William Goldman

Fade Out: William Goldman

FADE IN: William Goldman is dead? Inconceivable! If you look William Goldman up on IMDb, the first five words of his mini bio are, “Screenwriter, novelist, playwright, non-fiction author.”  I think they could have just gone with one word: storyteller. William Goldman was the consummate writer. If you don’t know his name offhand, you definitely know […]

Happy 15th and 20th: Movie Birthdays

Happy 15th and 20th: Movie Birthdays

We celebrate our birthday, therefore why shouldn’t we celebrate a movie’s release day, too? This originally started as a an in-depth article about There’s Something About Mary turning 20 this year. In my opinion, it is the funniest movie to be released in the last 20 years, though I would accept South Park: Bigger, Longer & […]

Portrait of the Artist

Portrait of the Artist

Martin Scorsese’s seventh feature film was The King of Comedy released in 1982; Quentin Tarantino’s seventh feature was Inglorious Basterds released in 2009; Kevin Smith’s was Clerks II released in 2006; and Kenneth Castillo’s seventh feature is Marigold the Matador, an urban fable about a single mother, a schizophrenic homeless man, and an 11-year-old matador. With luck, Marigold […]

The Legacy of ‘HALLOWEEN’

The Legacy of ‘HALLOWEEN’

The roots of Halloween go back centuries, and it is debated as to whether or not it began as a Pagan Festival or has its roots in Christianity to honor the dead, including the saints and martyrs. That’s all fine and dandy, but that’s not the Halloween we’re here to talk about. We’re here to […]

‘The Connors’ Return!

‘The Connors’ Return!

They’re back! …And they even brought their couch! Last Tuesday, we saw the return of the Midwestern family made famous by Roseanne Barr who was notably absent from this repurposed, rebooted, rebranded, and retooled version that is now called The Connors. To add, Roseanne is not present in the show, and it shouldn’t shock anyone; […]