The last year or so has seen sequels to long-ago films released — Bad Boys for Life (2020), Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) — and we’ve still got Top Gun: Maverick (2021) and Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) still to… Read More ›
Effulgent and joyous, “Mr. Soul!” is a celebration of one man’s work.
In 1968, you couldn’t turn on the television, listen to the radio, or read something in print without seeing a White face. Even during the Civil Rights Movement, any presentation of the Black experience was almost always presented through a… Read More ›
Strong performances and a tight script make “Late Night” resonate.
As theaters ramp up for animated animal adventures, alien invasions, and yet another zombie apocalypse, there’s a small work-place comedy executed by an incredible cast of comedic actors offering up something different. Written by Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), directed… Read More ›
You can’t get it at Blockbuster but Marvel Studio’s “Captain Marvel” is available on home video.
Captain Marvel represents several things for Marvel Studios and their audience. For one, it’s the first female-led film in their run of 22-films. Considering the absolute badasses which make up the current MCU – Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch,… Read More ›
“Booksmart” blends the real with the hyper-real to create absolute magic.
Watching Booksmart, the new teen comedy from Annapurna Pictures, you would not know that this is the directorial debut feature film for Olivia Wilde (Life Itself/House, M.D.). Nuts to bolts, Booksmart is a heat-seeking rocket of a film. It’s precise,… Read More ›
When times are hard, faith can help us “Breakthrough”.
January 19th, 2015, John Smith (portrayed by Marcel Ruiz) was playing on an iced-over lake in Missouri with some friends when the ice broke underneath them. While the other two got out, John remained in the water for 20 minutes… Read More ›
Watch: Meet Me at the Movies, Show 326
EoM founder Douglas Davidson was invited to join fellow NCFCA member Noel T. Manning for the April 5th broadcast of his program Meet Me at the Movies. This marks Douglas’s first time being on broadcast television and Noel, Greg, and Tim… Read More ›
While a lot of fun, “Captain Marvel” relies too much on the past in establishing its present.
First teased during the post credits sequence of Avengers: Infinity War, the 21st Marvel Cinematic Universe entry Captain Marvel fully introduces audiences to a character MCU producer and mastermind Kevin Feige described as “…the strongest character [the MCU’s] ever had.”… Read More ›
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” once more captures the imagination in a surprisingly emotional finale.
When audiences attend a children’s film, they don’t expect much: a few laughs, some sort of adventure, and perhaps a moral or two tucked in to give the adults something to discuss with the kids. Generally, expectations are pretty low…. Read More ›
Director Peter Jackson’s “They Shall Not Grow Old” brings the past to life like nothing before it.
Roughly four years ago, the Imperial War Museum began working with director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) to develop a documentary focused on World War I. His only directives: make it fresh and original. As a self-professed… Read More ›
Listen: Episode 34 of Monster Mashup Marketing
EoM founder Douglas Davidson appears as a guest on the Monster Mashup Marketing podcast hosted by Matt Starnes to discuss the history of Elements of Madness. So if you’ve read the About EoM page and ever wanted to dig a little… Read More ›
If you’ve been craving a family-friendly “Deadpool”, you certainly get your wish.
For the uninitiated, Deadpool is a comic book character unlike any other. It’s not that he’s indestructible thanks to a mutant healing factor or that he’s a highly trained assassin, it’s that he knows he’s in a comic book. Having… Read More ›
“Creed II” embraces the past to blaze a new trail forward.
Whether you’re a fan of The Sweet Science or not, the name Rocky Balboa (portrayed by Sylvester Stallone) is likely the first name that springs to mind in any discussion of boxing. The 1976 drama Rocky first introduced audiences to… Read More ›
More than a remake, “A Star Is Born” sings its own tune.
At a key moment in A Star Is Born, Bobby Maine (Sam Elliott) says that “music is essentially 12 notes between any octave.” He explains that music is a cycle of repetition every musician, every storyteller, utilizes over and over,… Read More ›
Jennifer Garner’s back in action with “Peppermint”.
There’s something deeply cathartic about a well-made revenge flick. Watching the mayhem unfold on screen while the hero pursues victory like an unrelenting Valkyrie, dispatching adversaries with dogged determination until they all lie broken and defeated at their feet. These… Read More ›
Go with a smile: “The Happytime Murders”.
If you were asked to name the first Muppet to pop into your head, the answer would inevitably be tied to your introductory experience. If you named Big Bird or Kermit, you likely know how to get to Sesame Street…. Read More ›
Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” is clarion call that the battles of the past are not over.
Director Spike Lee’s never been known to mince words and his latest project, BlacKkKlansman, will hit you like a sledgehammer in the gut. Lee utilizes the memoir of Ron Stallworth, the first black police officer in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to… Read More ›
Light the fuse on “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and get ready for the ride of the summer.
There are few cinematic franchises as consistent in delivering action and thrills as the Mission: Impossible franchise. While not as institutionalized as the James Bond: 007 series nor as gratuitous as the Fast & Furious franchise, the Mission: Impossible films… Read More ›
“Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” offers an entertainment break from the summertime heat.
Summertime brings with it the usual bevy of tent pole blockbusters and indie darlings, each scrapping for audience’s hard-earned dollars each and every Friday. Many of these films offer a chance at delicious distraction from the world at large, but… Read More ›
Small stakes don’t stop ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ from being big fun.
2015’s Ant-Man provided audiences a lighter mood in the Peyton Reed-directed heist film which helped to soften the blow of the largely serious Age of Ultron. It also acted as a backdoor introduction to Captain America: Civil War, a film… Read More ›