The Florida Project (2017) – The Formal Review

The Florida Project is a drama film directed by Sean Baker and stars Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Valeria Cotto, Christopher Rivera, and Caleb Landry Jones. The Story/The Direction: This film takes its name from an early name for Walt Disney World Resort nearby where this film takes mostly place. The audience follows the…

The Post (2017) – The Formal Review

The Post is a political thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Matthew Rhys, Alsion Brie, Jesse Plemons, and Zach Woods. The Story/The Direction: ​ This true story is about the journalists Kay Graham (Streep) and Ben…

Molly’s Game (2017) – The Formal Review

Molly’s Game is a crime drama film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin and is based on the memoir Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker by Molly Bloom. It stars Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Brian d’Arcy James,…

Paddington (2014) – The Formal Review

To prepare for 2017’s Paddington 2, the film was watched and reviewed. Paddington is a live-action/CGI animated comedy film written and directed by Paul King based on the stories of the character of the same name created by Michael Bond. The film stars the voice of Ben Whishaw along with Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters,…

The Greatest Showman (2017) – The Formal Review

The Greatest Showman is a historical period drama musical film directed by Michael Gracey in his directorial debut and stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya. The Story:  The film is inspired by the story of P. T. Barnum (Jackman)’s creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. It has some great…

Phantom Thread (2017) – The Formal Review

Phantom Thread is a historical drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, and Vicky Krieps. The Story/The Direction: The film is set in London’s fashion world in the 1950s and is about dressmaker, Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Manville) dress important women from all around…

Hostiles (2017) – The Formal Review

Hostiles is a period western film written and directed by Scott Cooper and stars Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Ben Foster, Stephen Lang, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, Jonathan Majors, Adam Beach, and Q’orianka Kilcher. The Story/The Direction: The film follows a Captain Joseph J. Blocker (Bale) and his men who escort a Cheyenne war…

Battle of the Sexes (2017) – The Formal Review

Battle of the Sexes is a biographical sports film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and written by Simon Beaufoy. It stars Emma Stone and Steve Carell and has Andrea Riseborough, Elisabeth Shue, Natalie Morales, Alan Cumming, Austin Stowell, Bill Pullman and Sarah Silverman in supporting roles. The Story/The Direction: The plot is loosely…

Darkest Hour (2017) – The Formal Review

Darkest Hour is a biographical war drama film directed by Joe Wright and written by Anthony McCarten. It stars Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, and Ronald Pickup. The Story/The Direction: This film follows the early days of Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Oldman) when Hitler is about to bomb Britain…

Bright (2017) – The Formal Review

Bright is an urban fantasy action crime film directed and produced by David Ayer and written by Max Landis. The film stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Édgar Ramírez and Ike Barinholtz. This is Netflix’s first big-budget film to be released on their platform. The Story/The Direction: The story takes place in…

Mudbound (2017) – The Formal Review

Mudbound is a period drama film directed by Dee Rees and written by Rees based on the novel of the same name by Hillary Jordan. It stars Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige, and Jonathan Banks. It was released on Netflix and also in a limited release. The…

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) – The Formal Review

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is an action adventure comedy film, directed by Jake Kasdan and it is a standalone sequel to 1995’s Jumanji. If you care to read the review on that film, click here. This film stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, and Bobby Cannavale. The Story/The Direction:…

I, Tonya (2017) – The Formal Review

I, Tonya is a biographical sports black comedy film directed by Craig Gillespie and stars Margot Robbie as titular figure skater Tonya Harding and Sebastian Stan as her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly. The supporting cast includes Julianne Nicholson, Caitlin Carver, Bobby Cannavale, and Allison Janney The Story/The Direction: This film is based on the life of…

Call Me by Your Name (2017) – The Formal Review

Call Me by Your Name is a romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino and it is based on the novel of the same name by André Aciman. It stars Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel, and Victoire Du Bois. The Story/The Direction: Set in Northern Italy in 1983, this…

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) – The Formal Review

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a psychological horror film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, from a screenplay by Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou. It stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Alicia Silverstone, and Bill Camp. The Story/The Direction: The story is based on the ancient Greek play Iphigenia at Aulis…

Victoria & Abdul (2017) – The Formal Review

Victoria & Abdul is a biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and is based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu, about the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and her Indian Muslim servant Abdul Karim. It stars Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Tim Pigott-Smith and…

Jumanji (1995) Retrospective Review – The Formal Review

To prepare for 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the older film was re-watched and reviewed.    Jumanji is a fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Johnston    adapted from the 1981 children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. The film stars Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce, David Alan Grier,…

Downsizing (2017) – The Formal Review

Downsizing is a science fiction comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Payne and written by Payne and Jim Taylor. The film stars Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig, The Story/The Direction: ​ This film is about Paul and Audrey Safranek (Damon and Wiig) who decide to go through a procedure that…

Star Wars Saga Retrospective Review (1977-2016) – The Formal Review

Prior to watching Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, I thought I’d re-watch all the cinematic releases in the saga. This includes the originals, prequels, The Force Awakens, and everything in between. If you have not seen these films, there will be some spoilers in this review however the majority of the films have…

The Shape of Water (2017) – The Formal Review

The Shape of Water is a fantasy thriller film directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor. The film stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer. The Story/The Direction: This film takes place during the Cold War and it centers on a mute…

Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri (2017) – The Formal Review

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a dark comedy crime film written and directed by Martin McDonagh. It stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, and Peter Dinklage, The Story/The Direction: ​ This film is about Mildred Hayes (McDormand) who purchases three billboards to bring attention to the police after they stopped looking…

Roman J. Israel Esq. (2017) – The Formal Review

Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a legal drama film written and directed by Dan Gilroy. It stars Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, and Carmen Ejogo. The Story/The Direction: ​ This film is about a lawyer named Roman J. Israel (Washington) who has been fighting for the forgotten behind the scenes. He is essentially the Rain Main…

Coco (2017) – The Formal Review

Coco is a musical fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. It was written and directed by Lee Unkrich with co-director Adrian Molina. This American film is the first to feature a largely all-Latino cast with the voices of Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía, and Edward James Olmos. The Story/The Direction:​The…

Wonder (2017) – The Formal Review

Wonder is a drama film directed by Stephen Chbosky and it is based on the novel of the same name. The film stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay. The Story/The Direction: ​ This film’s main plot is about a child with Treacher Collins syndrome trying to fit in, named August “Auggie” Pullman (Tremblay).  While this…

The Disaster Artist (2017) – The Formal Review

The Disaster Artist is a biographical comedy-drama film produced and directed by James Franco. It is based on Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s non-fiction book of the same name and is about the making of Tommy Wiseau‘s The Room, which is considered to be the worst film ever made. If any readers want to read…

The Room (2003) Retrospective Review – The Formal Review

The Room is an independent drama film written, directed, produced by, and starring Tommy Wiseau. 2017 marks the release of The Disaster Artist, which is based on the memoir written by Greg Sestero, who played Mark in the film. That film is is directed by James Franco and to prepare for that, I had to…

Justice League (2017) [Spoiler-Free] – The Formal Review

Justice League is a superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name, and it is the fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is directed by Zack Snyder, with a screenplay by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, from a story by Terrio and Snyder. It features an…

Murder on the Orient Express (2017) – The Formal Review

Murder on the Orient Express is a mystery drama film directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. The film stars Branagh, Tom Bateman, Penope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley. The Story/The Direction:…

Lady Bird (2017) – The Formal Review

Lady Bird is a comedy-drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwig and stars Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson and Lois Smith. The Story/The Direction: ​ This film is about a high senior, Christine/Lady Bird (Ronan), in Sacramento trying to deal with the stresses of…

Murder on the Orient Express (1974) – The Formal Review

Prior to watching the new Murder on the Orient Express, I decided to re-watch the classic film that is being remade. Like the remake, the original is a mystery film that was directed by Sidney Lumet and was based on the 1934  novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. It stars Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall,…

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – The Formal Review [Spoiler-Free]

Thor: Ragnarok is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor and is the sequel to 2011’s Thor and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, and is the seventeenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Taika Waititi and stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff…

Thor Franchise (2011-2013) Retrospective Review – The Formal Review

Prior to watching Thor: Ragnarok, I thought I’d rewatch and review the prior films in the prior Phase I and Phase II of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU): Thor and Thor: The Dark World. Both films star Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgd, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins. Thor…

Halloween (1978) – The Formal Review

Halloween is a slasher film directed and scored by John Carpenter and stars Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her first film. It is the first film in the Halloween series. In this review, there will be spoilers but as this movie came out in 1978, readers have had time to watch this film….

Flatliners (2017) – The Formal Review

Flatliners is a science fiction psychological horror film directed by Niels Arden Oplev. The film is a remake of the 1990 film of the same name   and if you want to read the review of that film, click here. This one stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiersey Clemons, and Kiefer Sutherland….

The Snowman (2017) – The Formal Review

The Snowman is a crime thriller film directed by Tomas Alfredson and written by Hossein Amini, Soren Sveitstrup, and Peter Straughan, based on the novel of the same name by Jo Nesbo. This film stars Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer and J. K. Simmons. The Story/The Direction/The Characters: ​ This film is about a…

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – The Formal Review (2017)

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is a comedy-drama film directed and written by Noah Baumbach. The film stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. The Story/The Direction: The film follows step-siblings Danny (Sandler), Matthew (Stiller), and Jean (Marvel) who have issues with their father, Harold (Hoffman). Harold is a…

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017) – The Formal Review

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is a biographical drama film about American psychologist William Moulton Marston, who created the fictional character Wonder Woman. The film, directed and written by Angela Robinson and stars Luke Evans,Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote. The Story/The Direction: ​ The film follows William Marston (Evans), a psychologist and university professor,…

The Foreigner (2017) – The Formal Review

The Foreigner is an action thriller film directed by Martin Campbell and written by David Marconi, based on the 1992 novel “The Chinaman” by Stephen Leather and stars Jackie Chan, and Pierce Brosnan, The Story/The Direction: This film takes place in London and Belfast after a bombing goes off and a group of terrorists, the…

A Ghost Story (2017) – The Formal Review

A Ghost Story is a supernatural drama film written and directed by David Lowery. It stars Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, with supporting performances from Will Oldham, Sonia Acevedo, Rob Zabrecky, and Liz Franke. The Story/The Direction: ​ After a fatal car crash, struggling musician, C (Affleck), awakens to find he is a ghost. The film…

Blade Runner 2019 (2017) [Spoiler Free] – The Formal Review

Blade Runner 2049 is a science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. It is asequel to 1982’s Blade Runner and stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto.If you want my…

Stronger (2017) – The Formal Review

Stronger is a biographical drama film directed by David Gordon Green and written by John Pollono. It is based on the memoir of the same name by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter and stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Bauman with Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, and Clancy Brown in supporting roles. The Story/The Direction: ​ This film…

Marshall (2017) – The Formal Review

Marshall is a biographical legal drama film directed by Reginald Hudlin and written by Michael and Jacob Koskoff. It stars Chadwick Boseman. Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown and James Cromwell. The Story/The Direction: ​ This film tells a story about the first African-American Supreme Court Justice prior to him becoming such…

All Blade Runner Versions Retrospective Review – The Formal Review

Blade Runner is a neo-noir science fiction film directed by Ridley Scottand starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The script was written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, and is a loose adaptation of the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. There are going to be some spoilers but the original film came out in 1982…

Flatliners (1990) – The Formal Review

In anticipation of the remake, Flatliners, I watched the original film from 1990.There may be minor spoilers but the film came out in 1990 so you’ve had a few years to see it. Flatliners is a science fiction psychological horror film directed by Joel Schumacher, produced by Michael Douglas and Rick Bieber, and written by…

American Made (2017) – The Formal Review

American Made is a biographical crime film directed by Doug Liman, written by Gary Spinelli and starring Tom Cruise. The Story/The Direction: ​​​ This film is about the true story of Barry Seal (Cruise), a former TWA pilot, who becomes a drug smuggler for the Medell Cartel in the 1980s. In order to avoid jail time, he then becomes an…

Phase 4 and The Future of the MCU

By the time Avengers 4 is in theaters, phase 3 will end and a new phase in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will begin. The current line-up of the Avengers who we know and love will most likely die at the hands of the mad Titan Thanos, with a slim chance of some making it out…

Anticipated Films Left in 2018

We’re half ways through with this year, and this year has been filled with a lot of films. To be specific, comic book adaptations. Although, the movie that I was super stoked for this year was Avengers: Infinity War, there are a couple of movies that I am interested in watching. I haven’t watched Deadpool 2 nor Solo yet…

Everything You Need To Know About The Fortnite Update

Season four is it out! you guys know what that means.. Yep, another rage inducing meta to get used to just for it to get removed mid season, along with tons of other huge changes and additions to the game. Along with a new season update comes a brand new battle pass that contains over…

New DOOM Movie in the works.. What could go wrong?

Within the last week, a new movie has been all but confirmed for the popular video game franchise DOOM after actress Nina Bergman announced she had signed on to the film with universal. In 2005 a DOOM movie was released a year after the third installment of it’s game. Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in…

Phase 4 Marvel Fancast

Phase 4 will be here before you know it, and fans are well aware that after Infinity War & Avengers 4 there will be some open seats for new players in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here is a fancast of some characters I would like to see pop up & also some actors who I…

A universe, “Once and for all” by. Jeffery Bolton

Marvel fans are just itching for next weekend…. But this movie just much more than just some big players… It has a history… 10 years ago Iron Man(2008) was released and since then… Things just got more interesting. We’ve been to Asgard, inside the Milano, even a quick preview of the Quantaum Realm. We’ve been…

All the Money in the World (2017) – The Formal Review

All the Money in the World is crime thriller film directed by Ridley Scott and is based on the book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty. It stars Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris, Charlie Plummer, Andrew Buchan, and Timothy Hutton. The Story/The Direction: The…