Book Club is a 2018 American romantic comedy film that was directed by Bill Holderman, in his directorial debut, and written by Holderman and Erin Simms. It stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen as four friends who read Fifty Shades of Grey as part of their monthly book club, and subsequently begin to change how they view their personal relationships. The film was released on May 18, 2018, by Paramount Pictures, and received mixed reviews from film critics and has ended up grossing over $79 million worldwide.
Bushwick is a 2017 American action thriller film that was directed by Jonathan Millot and Cary Murnion and was written by Nick Damici and Graham Reznick. Featuring stars like Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow, the film starts off with Lucy and her boyfriend. As they are exiting a subway in Bushwick, they see a man who is on fire and running down into the station. Jose runs out to see what is going on, but is immediately killed by a blast. Lucy then runs out to try and find help but she gets chased by two men. They find her in a house but the men are then killed by Stupe, the owner of the house. Stupe, a war veteran, leaves his home to try and reach his family in Hoboken, and Lucy joins him as she tries to get to her grandmother’s house. Along the way, Stupe gets injured and trains Lucy in first aid and how to shoot a gun.
A Thriller/Comedy feature that has been screaming to be released on Blu-ray since the conception of the format, The ‘Burbs is a film that takes us into the world of Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) and his neighborhood as a new family moves in. Of course, all of us respond in a similar fashion as this when someone new moves into our area as curiosity increases our desire to learn more about those around us.
Bill & Ted Face the Music is a 2020 American science fiction comedy film that was directed by Dean Parisot and written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. It is the third and final film in the Bill & Ted series, and the sequel to 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey). Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, and William Sadler reprise their roles as Bill, Ted, and the Grim Reaper, respectively, while Kristen Schalk, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Anthony Carrigan, Erin Hays, Holland Taylor, Kid Codi, and Jillian Bell join the cast. In the film, Bill and Ted must write a song to unite humanity before time and space are ultimately destroyed.
The success of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure came as a mild shock to many in the world of filmmaking. The premise is just north of a Tim and Eric sketch: A duo of kinder, gentler Spicoli clones make their way through time kidnapping historical figures with the help of a George Carlin clad in Ray-Bans on a quest to get an A in history class. Yet, somehow, the heart and humor of the movie managed to resonate with 1988’s movie going public, delivering a bonafide hit that saw a sequel (Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey) rushed into production along with a glut of tie-in merchandise: Bill and Ted were featured in everything from breakfast cereal to Saturday morning cartoons to video games. For a joyous few years, Bill and Ted could enjoy their time in the spotlight. However, unlike the vast majority of brief hits in the 80s and 90s, the praise of Bill and Ted only seemed to grow with age. Now twenty eight years past its original release date, the Bill and Ted films enjoy a comfortable place in the nostalgic memories of millions of filmgoers. Few films depict successful utopias and I would argue that no utopia on film is as hopeful and encouraging as the rock n’ roll paradise that Bill and Ted’s band Wyld Stallyns bring to life, all through the power of rock ‘n roll.
There are very few things as memorable or as easily recognizable as the film The Karate Kid. It is one of those films that even if you haven’t seen it, through some form of osmosis you know it well enough to recognize moments, names, scenes, and characters. I refer to this as the Pop-Culture effect. If something rises to a certain level of notoriety or fame it gets nuanced into popular cultural items. It could be as simple as T-Shirts, being referenced in a song, or, with the film at hand, it is more than likely the sheer amount of times it has been parodied. Parodied might even be the wrong word for how The Karate Kid has been treated over the years. Most parodies come from a place of critique or a joke that the item/event/movie being parodied is not privy to. No, The Karate Kid is almost always lovingly referenced. Whether it’s wax-on/wax-off or the infamous (illegal) Crane Kick, you’ve seen it hundreds of times undoubtedly.
The Tax Collector is a 2020 American action thriller film that was written, directed, and produced by David Ayer. The film stars Bobby Soto, Cinthya Carmona, George Lopez, and Shia LaBeouf, and follows two enforcers (also known as “tax collectors”) working for a Los Angeles crime lord whose business becomes upended, resulting in one of them desperately protecting his family from an old rival.
Hot Tub Time Machine is a 2010 American science fiction comedy film that was directed by Steve Pink and starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Crispin Glover, Lizzy Caplan, and Chevy Chase. The film was originally released on March 26, 2010. A sequel, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, was released on February 20, 2015.
Michael is a 1996 American fantasy film that was directed by Nora Ephron. The film stars John Travolta as the Archangel Michael, who is sent to Earth to do various tasks, including mending some wounded hearts. The cast also includes Andie MacDowell, William Hurt, Bob Hoskins, Joey Lauren Adams, and Robert Pastorelli as people who cross paths with Michael.