On tonight’s episode of Movie Monarchy, Matt, Eric and brand new co-host Adriana Floridia discuss Scott Cooper’s Out of The Furnace as well as their most anticipated films of 2014. They’ll also chat about the home video picks of the week and this week in news.
On tonight’s episode of Movie Monarchy, Matt and Eric discuss Disney’s Frozen, Spike Lee’s Oldboy, Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12 and Gary Fleder’s Homefront. They’ll also chat about the home video picks of the week and this week in news. Their guest tonight is Adriana Floridia from Movie Knight, Fresh From The Theatre, Movie Mezzanine and more.
You won’t find a more nuanced, character-driven film this year than Alexander Payne’s little masterpiece, Nebraska. This is a family drama that is stripped down and poignantly concise. Every shot counts, every scene matters, and the feelings are there. Instead of mere sentimentality, Payne’s direction resonates emotion that edifies – it heartens us to understand our fathers, their flaws and basic human needs.
His life lessons are told through the prism of Montana nobody Woody Grant (Bruce Dern), a down-and-out oldster stubbornly convinced he has won a million-dollar sweepstake, to be collected in Lincoln, Nebraska. The first shot of the movie shows Woody walking with a stoop down a vacant road. Where’s he going? An officer pulls him over, and Woody explains the foolhardy reason. He’s taken back home, where we witness that he can’t leave the kitchen without his blustery wife Karen (June Squibb) asking where he’s off to. [Read More]
On tonight’s episode of Movie Monarchy, Matt and Eric discuss Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as well as Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, Brian Percival’s The Book Thief and Ken Scott’s Delivery Man. They’ll also chat about the home video picks of the week and this week in news. Their guest tonight is Adriana Floridia from Movie Knight, Fresh From The Theatre, Movie Mezzanine and more.
Delivery Man is a re-make of a French Canadian film entitled Starbuck that came out just two years ago. That, by default, is going to make a lot of people question why this film was necessary. Fans of Starbuck may even be outraged, and it’s hard to really blame them. This film has been made, the exact same way, with the same director and screenwriter once before. Just watch Starbuck they would say. Well, having not seen Starbuck, I can’t really speak to how this film compares. As far as I know, it is the exact same screenplay, translated into English, but with a very recognizable American cast—with America’s sweet giant Vince Vaughan in the leading role.
Read on for the full review.
In Nazi Germany, hope for tomorrow flickers in the life of young Liesel, a girl who is robbed of her life as she is sent to live with two strangers in the wake of World War II, and who is faced with the fear of death, not just for herself but for the people she loves.
Adapted from the universally beloved Young Adult novel by Australian writer Markus Zusak, The Book Thief as a film has a lot to live up to. This is a novel that is highly acclaimed and even taught in schools; the epitome of majestic storytelling. It’s always difficult to bring a book that is loved on this level to the big screen without resulting in disappointment. Having not read the source material, I unfortunately cannot speak to the adaptation. However, viewing this story through film alone, I can only imagine how beautifully told the book must be, as the film is extremely moving and cinematic. Read on for the full review.
On tonight’s episode of Movie Monarchy, Matt and Eric discuss the 2013 New York Film Festival with special guest Frank J. Avella from NewYorkCool.com. In Part 2 of this special 2 part podcast, they discuss The Immigrant, All is Lost, Child of God, Only Lovers Left Alive, Inside Llewyn Davis & Her.
There’s something especially satisfying watching a grown man launch himself from a shopping cart.
While Johnny Knoxville and the Jackass crew have evolved to more elaborate stunts since they were launching themselves from shopping carts 13 years ago, the core idea is still the same. Let’s do some stupid shit and get people to notice us. Guess what? It worked.
Whether that reaction is nausea, laughter or anger… Jackass has impacted an entire generation and you would be hard pressed to find someone, young or old, who has not heard of the Jackass franchise. With the release of the fourth (!?) Jackass film Bad Grandpa this Friday, I take a look back at the series and the men who made it a worldwide hit.
On tonight’s episode of Movie Monarchy, Matt and Eric discuss the 2013 New York Film Festival with special guest Frank J. Avella from NewYorkCool.com. In Part 1 of this special 2 part podcast, they discuss Captain Phillips, 12 Years a Slave, Nebraska, Blue is The Warmest Color & The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow!
Dir. Kimberly Pierce
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore
Originally directed by Brian De Palma in 1976, “Carrie” was very much of it’s time, released two years after King’s novel with a sense of mystery and shock value that cannot be matched when remaking it for the second time. Kimberly Pierce’s take on the material should be judged on it’s own, but even when the comparisons between her version and De Palma’s are removed, we’re left with a lifeless, boring and generic horror/thriller with a vast amount of problems.
Read on for the full review.