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January is well-known for being the month where mediocre films flood the box office. In January, when movie theater traffic is low, studios usually throw out the movies they know are bad or don’t have faith in making much revenue at the box office. However, this January has been different, featuring the release of some great films including 1917, Bad Boys for Life, and even The Gentleman. Sadly, The Rhythm Section is a harsh reminder that January is still the garbage dump of months when it comes to movie releases.
Hello, movie fanatics and welcome to a new season of InPut2! With the upcoming release of 'Sonic the Hedgehog' we're going to talk about modern video game movies. What does it take to make a great video game movie? How do our thoughts compare to what we've already seen? Get your answers to these questions and more in this season premiere of InPut2!
by Mason Kupiainen
2019 has been an outstanding year for Stephen King fans. Not only was his latest novel, The Institute, released in September, but several movies and television series based on his work have come out. From films such as the Pet Sematary and It Chapter Two, to the television adaptations of Mr. Mercedes season three, to Castle Rock season two, and Creepshow season one, Stephen King works really are everywhere. With the upcoming release of Doctor Sleep (the long-awaited adaptation of the sequel to The Shining), it’s as good a time as any to rank Stephen King’s films.
Growing up, I was introduced to the world of superheroes through films like Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, Tim Burton’s Batman, and even Ang Lee’s Hulk. I later went beyond the screen and became an avid reader of Spider-Man, Wolverine, and the Flash comics. I loved all of those and more, but now I get to indulge in the great superhero films of today.
When it was announced that Disney was going to revive the Star Wars movies, I was excited about the potential of going beyond the Skywalkers and seeing new stories and characters. The previous movies and television shows focused on Skywalkers and other stories connected to the Skywalkers story, rather than introducing new characters. We’ve seen new stories and characters introduced to Star Wars in the books, comics, and games, but I was looking forward to a live-action format. After Disney and Lucasfilms announced they were going to continue the episodic movies while also making spin-off movies gave me great hope for the future of Star Wars. However, after seeing the two spin-off movies hope had been all but lost.
When asked who I think is the greatest director of all time, directors like Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, James Cameron, Ridley Scott, and Martin Scorsese come to mind. All of those directors are great in their own way, but Scorsese brings something special to his work. Films such as Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Casino, The Wolf of Wall Street, and The Departed have shown that he is an extraordinary director. He crafts excellent stories that get audiences invested in the characters and what they’re doing. His films have a classy feel to them that no other director has been able to recreate. Because of this, I was incredibly excited to sit down and watch his latest film, The Irishman; however, i was greatly disappointed.
To start off, Jojo Rabbit is definitely one of the best, funniest, and most touching films of the year. Written and directed by Taika Waititi, the same man behind What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit does the impossible by using World War II, Hitler, and the Nazis as the basis for a heartwarming comedy. People may think a movie like this is disrespectful, but it presents the material in a way that shows how awful the Nazis and their beliefs were while wrapping it all up in a fun, playful package. Digging through the layers of this movie, the audience will find the message that hate can corrupt people and lead them to do terrible things.
When Breaking Bad wrapped up six years ago, viewers were left wondering what would happen to the character Jesse Pinkman as he drove away after being held captive. The show ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, not really giving any clue as to where his character would go next. It was frustrating not knowing what happened to him, yet also satisfying because it left his character open to a world of possibilities. Once El Camino was announced, some people, including myself, were a bit worried that it would undermine the ending of the show. I’m going to say that this movie is the best possible follow-up to the series that we could have gotten.
Now that it’s October, it’s time to pop some popcorn, hop on the couch, snuggle under a blanket, and watch horror movies. One of the most beloved horror movies, Beetlejuice, is unique in that it blends horror with comedy to create this weird Frankenstein of a movie with a dark sense of humor. While Beetlejuice is a well-known Halloween favorite, most people don’t know the history of this cult classic.