Why ‘Pokemon: Detective Pikachu’ Will Be A Success

UPDATE: Pokemon Detective Pikachu opened to $170M worldwide on a $150M budget. Anytime you cover your budget opening weekend it is an unqualified success. Pokémon + Ryan Reynolds + Guardians of the Galaxy writer + Competent Director + Several 1’s and 0’s = A Whole Lotta Money The idea of heart-throb Ryan Reynolds being cast…

Christopher Nolan Directs to His Limit in ‘Dunkirk’

It is poetic that in Christopher Nolan’s tenth feature film, about defeat and evacuation that the director has finally writ large and conceded to his weaknesses as a filmmaker. A point showing how far he has come as a director, continuing to advance beyond such classics as Memento, my personally favourite film and The Dark Knight, one of the…

‘Collateral Beauty’ a filmwork Uplift

A spoiler-free review: Written by Arclas Collateral Beauty at the forefront is a dramatic film about coming to terms with the death of a child and trying to overcome it. Howard Inlet (Will Smith) was a joyful man and a head of an advertising company until his daughter died at age six. A few years…

Kong: Skull Island Trailer 2 is For Your Health

I can already see the Batman v. Superman style problem Warner Bros. stablemate Legendary Pictures is going to have to grapple with before Godzilla vs. Kong out on May 29th, 2020, a problem hinted at in this trailer, which suggests why two ideologically passive monsters, would seek out and fight one another. “Kong’s a pretty good…

The Game Awards 2016 Nominees

Uncharted 4 & Overwatch lead nominations w/ 7 & 6 respectively. Titanfall 2 w/ 4 & Quantum Break shutout. It is interesting to note the changes from year to year; as performance categories have smartly melded into one of voice and performance capture gender inclusive category. VR is a new addition and curiously, the best…

The Accountant Review

An interesting deviation on a by-the numbers adult-thriller is amusing but doesn’t wholly add-up. Reviewed by Arclas What do you get when you combine; Hitman, the new Batman movies, and the original Bourne series? Answer = The Accountant. In portraying Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) as a high functioning autistic the movie allows him to be…

Mini-Review: ‘Storks’

Reviewed by Arclas Have you ever wondered where babies actually come from? Watch the movie. Storks fully explained the baby-making process in a kid friendly way so you will never have to have `the talk` again. Simply write a letter in an envelope to the storks specifying the baby you want and the storks will…

Hollywood Misuse of Trailer Card Captions

There is a small unaddressed issue in movie trailers for as many as they have. Many use the Title Card captions incorrectly, failing to capitalize or use name recognition. Often trailer editors use the same film as a marker of success too often thinking they can fool the audience with the same film every time…

Suicide Squad Divide: Critics v. Fans

Contains mild spoilers for Suicide Squad. Not enough to convince you to not see the film. Your most loyal friends are the ones that stick with you through thick and thin. I admire those who defend Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice because Zack Snyder is a unique visual stylist who at least tried, though…

Deja Vu ‘The Nice Guys’: Review

Bias: I’ve seen the directors previous films, I was slightly tired going into the theatre, I saw the positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, but saw it opening night to avoid fellow audience hype. There is a side-bit in The Nice Guys that nicely sums up the entire movie. Jackson Healy played by a heavyset Russell Crowe recalls…