Favorite Movie Moments of 2020

Every January I signal boost my favorite movies of the last year, and of these movies I pick out my favorite moments. This is just as difficult as nailing down a list of strictly ten movies because, well, any one movie can have any number of moments that wow me. It’s an obvious sign of a movie’s impact on my overthinking brain and relentless beating heart, which is why this is the last stop before I unveil my top ten. Continue reading

Adrian’s Comfort Movies

I don’t know about y’all but these days I am maximizing comfort any way I can. My couch has become my base of operations as I video game my way through lockdown; I’ve been stockpiling a comfort playlist, and surrounding myself with all-around comfort movies. Some movies you need to be in the mood for, others you can watch and instantly feel better no matter what. After much, MUCH deliberation, I realized there’s no way I can stick with the usual “top ten” and live with myself. Also if I don’t post this now, this list could go on forever. Without further ado, this is my cinema of comfort during these trying times. (Loosely ranked and subject to change, so bear with me.) Continue reading

Should ‘Tenet’ Come Out This Summer?

Last week we were graced with a new titillating trailer for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming mind-bender, Tenet. I viewed it just as the auteur had intended, via Fortnite. (Sorry, that’s still funny to me.) I am once again fascinated by Nolan’s own fascination with time. I’d like to think that if Nolan weren’t a writer-director extraordinaire, he’d be an excellent watchmaker.

Missing from the trailer this time around is any mention of the film’s release date, instead brandishing the tag: “Coming to theaters.” It appears Warner Bros. is crossing fingers these next few weeks, monitoring economic forecasts as counties, states, and other countries slowly begin to ease restrictions. Nolan, backed by the studio and an at-risk cinema state, is doing his utmost to save his medium’s exhibition by making good on Tenet’s summer tentpole release. But with a still-rising death count, new safeguards in place, and warnings of a second wave, it’s not a question of will Tenet come out this summer, but should it? Continue reading

I Saw ‘Infinity War’ Five Times

This isn’t a cry for help.

I’ve seen Infinity War five times now. (Just one more and my Infinity War Gauntlet is complete!) With the rest of summer movie season underway, I suppose it’s time to bid farewell to the most ambitious superhero crossover – that is, until the Blu-ray comes out. Of course, the film’s theatrical run is nowhere close to being over. The film is principally eyeing down The Force Awakens’ global tally, with Titanic soon in its crosshairs. (We go live to James Cameron in 5…4….) Infinity War will enjoy a storied box office run, but it’s cultural moment has surely come to an end.  Continue reading

In Defense of Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’

If there’s any action director we took for granted, it’s Guillermo del Toro. Few recall that he did Hellboy. Even fewer remember Blade II. Admittedly, this is a hard thing to raise hell over especially with his recent Oscar-winning glory, one felt by critics and devoted fans. Del Toro is a critical darling who’s achieved occasional box office success, which is perplexing considering he’s done both the superhero and the summer blockbuster. Of his mainstream films, I can’t think of a more sorely overlooked summer movie than del Toro’s Pacific RimContinue reading