Another year of film is about to pass, so I did something a bit different to mark the occasion. You’ve probably seen a few tributes like the one shown above, but hopefully you’ll find that this one is a bit more thematic than others. Each song choice, scene, and even some edits plays into a larger theme of what 2018 meant to me as a filmgoer. Also, I purposefully chose 162 films to highlight, which obviously includes movies I haven’t even seen yet, as well as films I didn’t even particularly like. But I know many of you watching did, and I want to celebrate the universal appeal of cinema for everyone. Not just me.
I’m still reeling from the experience of watching Annihilation in the theater, and I’m about equally pleased with the discussion that came out of this film with my cohosts Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines. In this episode, we spent a good amount of time unpacking the good, bad, and stellar Annihilation has to offer, and I suspect we’ll be revisiting this conversation throughout the rest of the year.
But that wasn’t the only movie we had some fun with this week. After a half-hearted review of the new Netflix movie, Mute, we got to an extended Mini Review of Game Night, a new studio comedy I find myself effortlessly recommending. And the box office agrees too, which put Game Night at #2 for the weekend behind Black Panther, which is continuing its gargantuan run across the world.
During Mini Reviews, we also had a brief discussion about Netflix original films. Between Bright, Cloverfield Paradox, and Mute, it seems Netflix is having a rough time pleasing critics despite their success with original shows. So that leads to our question for you all.
Which Netflix original film is your favorite?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off Season 2 of Cinemaholics than to dive into Black Panther, one of the most hyped movies of the year and yet another huge hit for Marvel and Disney. I’m sure most of you had gotten a taste for how gargantuan this movie has become in the last few months, but putting aside all the hype, I had a great conversation about Black Panther with cohosts Will Ashton, Maveryke Hines, and special guest Adonis Gonzalez (yes, it’s a Now Conspiring reunion!)
A highlight of the episode is probably the heated discussion about Early Man between me and Will Ashton, and by heated I mean meteoric. And we’ve got some other mini reviews to get to that deserve to be on your radar: The Ritual, Game Night (which we’ll be probably talk more about in the coming weeks), Tamborine, and the new video game Dragon Ball FighterZ.