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.
Special guest Aaron Dicer of SiftPop and CinemaSins joins the show this week to talk about Skyscraper, the latest Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson blockbuster. We also found time to discuss some recent indie releases doing good box office in their own right. There’s the new A24 film Eighth Grade, directed by standup comedian Bo Burnham, and Sorry to Bother You, directed by musician-turned-filmmaker Boots Riley.
Two directorial debuts from two unlikely media personalities. Next week, you can probably expect BILL ACTION’s feature directorial debut.
Question for you: what was your initial reaction after seeing Sorry to Bother You? And if you haven’t seen it, do you plan on checking this one out?
The year is half over, but weirdly enough we’ve already THREE Marvel films now with Ant-Man and the Wasp. Of course, this is the last MCU film of 2018, so enjoy that revolving logo while you can. This week on Cinemaholics, I’m joined by special “recurring” guests Kimber Myers and Alisha Grauso, filling in for Will and Maveryke while they enjoy their vacations.
We kicked things off with a conversation about some of our favorite movies of 2018 so far, then later we talked about Sorry to Bother You, Hotel Transylvania 3, GLOW Season 2 on Netflix, and a few more releases.
Question for you: What is YOUR favorite movie of 2018 so far?
Rampage has been a huge hit at the box office so far (no surprise for a Dwayne Johnson blockbuster), but reviews are about as divided as many expected. Is this the best video game adapted film, so soon after Tomb Raider? If you ask Will Ashton, not so fast. We had a great discussion, but this is a pretty packed episode with other reviews and topics at hand.
I’ve been at San Francisco International Film Festival all week, so I briefly shared my thoughts on a few new movies you might remember from our Sundance episode back in February. I discussed Leave No Trace, Sorry to Bother You, The Guardians, and Eighth Grade (which won honors at the festival). Will and I also spent some time explaining the Netflix controversy related to Cannes Film Festival, which poses some big questions for the future of streaming movies and what constitutes as “true” cinema.
For Mini Reviews, we dove into the new Netflix reboot series Lost in Space, plus a few under-the-radar flicks you might want to check out. Paterno just came out on HBO, which stars Al Pacino as the Penn State coach during the final years of his life. I saw You Were Never Really Here, which stars Joaquin Phoenix and is already a contender for my favorite movie of 2018. And we finished with Lean on Pete, a new A24 film from the director of 45 Years.
Question for you: What is the “best” Dwayne Johnson movie?