I was pleasantly surprised by Shazam! It wasn’t just the energetic humor or the emotional story at its heart that really stood out to me. I’m sure many people have already praised those aspects of the film. No, the best compliment I can pay Shazam! is that it doesn’t remind me of any other film I can think of. It doesn’t feel like a ripoff, homage, or any other kind of second-hand entertainment. It’s just its own thing.
When I see new movies, I’m on the lookout for similarities to other films. I can’t help it. That part of my brain never shuts off. I found Bumblebee to be an enjoyable rehash of The Iron Giant. Heck, I even compared Avengers: Infinity War to the original Star Wars. Every movie I watch today feels an awful lot like older movies, as though they’re coasting on what worked in the past. So I was shocked when I saw a story unfold that was full of fun surprises and unpredictable twists. Continue reading
As a praying man, I like to see the Almighty addressed reverently in films. But I also have a sense of humor, and so I don’t mind poking fun a little when it comes to conversing with God. With this in mind, I’d like to present nine types of prayer used in films, some of which are serious and some of which are humorous. I’m sure there are plenty of other examples and types I didn’t include, but let’s not get bogged down in the minutia or we won’t have a prayer of making it through. Continue reading
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My apologies to Nate Hoffelder. He sent me an amazing idea for an April Fools Day joke, but I unfortunately couldn’t bring it to fruition in time. Instead, I have something equally amazing to talk about.
If you’re like me, you have heard rumors for years that a third Bill and Ted movie is coming, and you’ve dismissed them out of hand. It’s simply not possible to keep getting your hopes up only to have them dashed time after time. But now it looks like it’s finally happening. And it’s going to be called Bill and Ted Face the Music. The original writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon are back. Actors Alex Winters and Keanu Reeves are back. Everything is in place to make a solid final chapter in the saga of Bill and Ted. I am excited. Here’s what I hope to see in Bill and Ted 3. Continue reading
Gaston may have shot him with an arrow and stabbed him in the back, but it was Beauty killed the Beast in Beauty and the Beast (1991). I’d like to walk through the scene in which the Beast dies to explain what is going on beneath the surface. This scene means so much to me because it reminds me of my own experience losing and then winning back the girl who would become my wife. So I have a unique perspective on it that can explain some things most people wouldn’t pick up on. Continue reading
Prepare to meet a broken man who has been beaten down to the point of despair and whose cries of anguish and frustration are met with indifference. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a video quite so raw and heartbreaking as this one, and I felt compelled to talk about it for reasons I will discuss below. The video is nearly 27 minutes long, but it’s worth a watch because it’s like examining the shattered remains of a once-beautiful sculpture. You can see hints of nobility in his suffering. Continue reading
There are some movies that you can tell the filmmakers never intended to make a sequel to. They either just wanted to tell a solid, self-contained story or they wanted to eliminate the possibility that anyone would even attempt to follow in their footsteps. Here are 10 examples of sequel-proof movies that actually got sequels. Continue reading
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Sometimes even heroes resort to cheating to defeat their enemies. As long as it’s serving a good cause or at least it’s being used against someone even worse than the person doing it, cheating can actually appear noble. Let’s look at nine films that rely on cheating to make winners out of losers. Continue reading
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