Did everything we see in Top Gun: Maverick actually happen? Or was most of it actually a death dream that Tom Cruise’s character had right as his mind was disintegrating in the Darkstar?
I first learned about this theory from Bill Simmons’ Rewatchables podcast and an Alison Willmore piece over at Vulture. While my first reaction was to reject it as silly…I think it’s actually possible to read the film this way! In the above video, I break down the case for this theory.
In this video, I count down my top 10 films of 2021. Despite everything, it’s been an amazing year for movies. I’m grateful I got to enjoy so many of these in a theater and hoping that 2022 brings more cinematic wonder to each of our lives.
I thought ‘Eternals’ was pretty good! And I’m a little bit baffled by all the harsh critiques it’s getting. Evidently, it’s one of the worst-rated MCU films ever made. In this video review, I explain why I enjoyed the film and I speculate a bit on why I think it’s being received the way it is.
It’s a busy month! October is the first month in a long time that feels packed with major, blockbuster movie releases.
In the midst of that, A24 is releasing Lamb, a new film from first-time director Valdimar Jóhannsson. In the film, a childless couple in rural Iceland make a shocking discovery in their sheep barn one day. How they navigate it will have huge implications for their relationship and their relationship with the nature around them.
Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) plays Maria and she’s incredible in this film. She brings so much intensity and vulnerability to her role and makes the entire thing worth watching on her own.
For Culturally Relevant and on YouTube (above), Noomi chatted with me about her role in the movie, how she got inspired to act in the first place, and what the hardest scene in the movie was to film.
A few thoughts on the Dear Evan Hansen movie, which is sadly just as tragic and misguided as you may have heard it is.
The Paper Tigers is a delightful martial arts comedy. I was delighted to be able to chat with writer/director Bao Tran and editor Kris Kristensen about how they put together the cool, stylish opening credits to the film. Check it out in the video above and watch The Paper Tigers on Netflix and Blu-ray/VOD.
The new Fast and Furious movie is out this week and in this video, I explain what the “Justice for Han” fan campaign is and why it’s such a big deal that this movie honors it.
Note: This video does not spoil anything beyond what’s in the poster/trailer for F9: The Fast Saga.
Just a few thoughts on the very weird and wonderful year of movies we had in 2020.