wonder – this generation’s “mask?”

Wonder is a drama directed by Stephen Chbosky and written by Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, and ChboskyIt’s based on the 2012 novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio. It stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. The movie follows a child with Treacher Collins syndrome (short version… deformities in facial features, eyes, ears, cheekbones…) who tries to assimilate into a school after being home-schooled.

The good; the story is compelling. It may be fictional, but Auggie’s (main character) struggle and goal is very very relate-able. No matter what social status you are or are born into, everyone feels like an outsider and longs for belonging and acceptance. The movie got my eyes watering from the moment go. Sometimes you just need the right amount of sappy-ness to fit your mood.

The film makes itself much like a book in that “chapters” are presented with title cards indicating where we’re going, but in the way a film can move through time it delves into each character and their perspective. Normally it’s done for a plot reveal, but here we get something that’s more character oriented.

The antagonist of this movie isn’t a singular person, typically its a bully, in this case it’s xenophobia (to sum it up simply). It’s nice to see a family friendly movie present something that’s not normally typical to the format.

Emotions and character take the forefront, definitely allows the viewer to walk away more empathetic, and possibly better for having seen this film.

The bad; it’s very difficult to watch a movie in the theatre these days. What were people expecting from this movie? If you’re looking for an action comedy this isn’t it bro.
Some people may walk away from this movie thinking it’s overly sappy and contrived, those people need to go to the doctor and see that they have a soul and aren’t in fact zombies walking around posing as humans.

Overall, Wonder will be good on the big and small screen. Definitely go see this any way that is possible and feel all the feels with this heartwarming and touching film. Is this the Mask of this generation?

Fade out-
Eugene

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coco – hits all the right chords!

Coco is the latest movie from Pixar. It’s directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, based on an original idea by Unkrich, with a screenplay by Molina and Matthew Aldrich. The film stars Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguia and Edward James Olmos. It’s about a Mexican boy named Miguel who accidentally finds himself in the land of the dead during the holiday Dia de Muertos. It’s the first film with a nine-digit budget, with an all Latino cast that cost between $175-200 million. Continue reading

daddy’s home 2 – too much fun

Daddy’s Home 2 is the sequel to the 2015 film Daddy’s Home. This time it’s a Christmas comedy directed by Sean Anders and written by Anders and John Morris. The movie stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow and Mel Gibson.

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thor: ragnarok – and or roll!

Thor: Ragnarok is the third Thor film and the 17th film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi, the screenplay is written by Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. With a score by Mark Mothersbaugh.
This time around Thor has to escape from the alien planet of Sakaar and get back home to Asgard. Continue reading

blade runner 2049 – bleak never looked so good

Blade Runner 2049 is the sequel to the 1982 Blade Runner film. 2049 is directed by Denis Villeneuve it’s written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto and Harrison Ford. This time around we’re 30 years after the original film centering around a blade runner named K who discovers something about replicants that may cause a war between them and the humans. Continue reading

wind river – wider than a mile…

Wind River is the latest movie by Taylor Sheridan, this is the first movie he’s written and directed. The film stars Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Graham Greene, Kelsey Chow/Asbille and Jon Bernthal. It’s a murder mystery thriller about a Tracker and an FBI Agent that investigate a murder on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. Continue reading

brigsby bear – may your mind be stronger tomorrow

Brigsby Bear is a comedy drama directed by Dave McCary. The screenplay is by Kyle Mooney and Kevin Costello with a story by Mooney. The movie stars Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, Chris Crimin, and Andy Samberg. The film is about the impact of a kid’s show, but not really… the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of this year and got wide release in July. Continue reading

the big sick – a true story with a big heart

The Big Sick is a romantic comedy based on the true story of Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, who also happen to be the writers of this film. Michael Showalter directs and it stars Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Adeel Akhtar and Anupam Kher. The film is about Emily and Kumail and how they have cultural differences once they get into a romantic relationship. Continue reading

dunkirk – best war film of the year

First of all, I’ve been late with my reviews. Trying to catch up and recommend some great stuff this week.

Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan‘s latest film, he directed and wrote it. It has an ensemble cast in different timelines/storylines that converge. The cast consists of Fion Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cilian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.
The film is about the Dunkirk evacuation during World War II. Continue reading

conventions! – D23 & SDCC 2017

D23 and Comic Con were back to back weekends. Why would I subject myself to such a strenuous schedule? I wouldn’t have it any other way, feeding the inner nerd two weekends in a row was definitely tasking on the body but it was so much fun.

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