Category Archives: Film Features
Since the inception of the Cinematic Universe, Marvel has been hiring character-driven directors to ensure that its films are lead by its characters and not its plot. This trend was continued as Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck signed on to co-direct Captain Marvel. Neil Turitz evaluates Marvel’s decision in contrast with previous ones along with comparing this hire to many of DC’s hires.
The summer is when fortunes are made and lost, careers are built and destroyed, and audiences escape from the heat in a movie theater for a couple hours. With that in mind, here are five movies this summer that have especially large question marks beside them.
Things have certainly changed since George Lucas dropped the very first trailer for A New Hope. That being said, here is a definitive ranking of all the first trailers of every Star Wars movie from Episode I to Episode VIII — including Rogue One.
Why do studios insist on remaking films that were successful the first time? They most likely will not be as good as the original, which just leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. Neil Turitz proposes that studios should try remaking films that that were great ideas but suffered from poor executions and give them the artisitc realization they deserved.
With New Zealand director Taika Waititi at the helm and heart, Thor: Ragnarok is shaping up to not only be the best Marvel movie of 2017, but one of the best Marvel movies ever, and finally giving the Norse god the due he’s deserved since Kenneth Branagh’s film.
Even with only having seen one film of The Fast and the Furious franchise, Neil Turitz has observed the power and legacy of these films and examines, from an outsider’s perspective, how and why they’ve done so well and what’s in their future.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences changed the rules to two major categories. Neil Turitz explains how these rule changes could greatly impact who gets nominated in the categories in the coming years.
With Aaron Sorkin entering talks with both Marvel and DC despite having admittedly never read a comic book, Neil Turitz gives his take on how he envisions a Sorkin-written superhero movie to look and whether he thinks the Oscar-winning writer could enhance the quality of these films.
It seems like every film today is one piece in the web of a massive franchise with expectations to turn into a full cinematic universe. Many it times it even seems like the films franchises are being greenlit before the first film is released. Neil Turitz takes a look at this phenomenon and asks why film is going in this direction.
Between the one-two punch of FX’s Legion and Disney’s juggernaut live-action Beauty and the Beast remake that just opened, British actor Dan Stevens is having a tremendous time of it. Look back on his career, however, and this sudden boom in both his career and the attention heaped onto him, is not much of a surprise.
Netflix has changed its star rating system to simply a thumbs up or thumbs down. Neil Turitz explains why this unfortunate change is the newest development in the suppression of the movie reviewer.
The reviews are in and while Beauty and the Beast is a charming adaptation, the deliciously ornate presentation highlights just where Bill Condon may have fallen short.
Women enjoy going to the movies as much as anyone male does. And yet, studios refuse to acknowledge this, as well as the fact that movies targeted towards women tend to do very well at the box office. It would be nice if the concept of making cheaper, more inclusive films for a wider audience hungry for them wasn’t so alien, Neil Turitz argues, but this seems to be the sad current reality.
Logan was released in theaters on Friday thus ending the Hugh Jackman’s tenure as Wolverine. Neil Turitz evaluates Jackman’s legacy in the pantheon of great super hero characters and why Logan was the perfect ending to a great run.
In recent years there have been an increasing number of women playing the leads in action roles. Neil Turitz examines this upswing and say why we should expect to see even more of this in the future.
Josh Gad will play the first gay Disney character in the upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast but the real test will be what comes next. It’s one thing to have an established, supporting character be identified as LGBTQ; it’s a completely different thing to have an original lead character identify as gay, bisexual, queer, or otherwise.
Horror has been a genre on the decline but with two very successful horror films already out in 2017, Neil Turitz takes a look at horror’s future prospects and whether or not the success streak can continue.
After an investigation, the EEOC is preparing for either a settlement or a lawsuit against major studios discriminating against female directors. This is a good thing because if diversity is not achieved or strived for naturally, then it must be demanded without hesitation.
Everyone seems to be suffering from La La Land fatigue, but it hasn’t necessarily paved the way for Moonlight to take the lead in the Oscar race because everyone is focused on turning their backs on the musical spectacular, so now is the better time than any to give the case of why Moonlight should win…and why it won’t.
What is up with the lack of original content being produced these days? Neil Turitz takes us back to a time when not every movie was a sequel and looks at how we got to where we are.
What do former studio heads do after they have been pushed out of their leadership roles? Neil Turitz analyzes the current state of studio execs careers and some potential moves to be made in the near future.
Super Bowl weekend always delivers a blow to the box office, with movies taking extreme falls from previous weekends. What’s the formula surrounding this time of year with movie releases and are there any movies that are immune to the damage inflicted by the Super Bowl? There just might be.
Neil Turitz discusses how Ben Affleck stepping down as the director of the upcoming Batman film impacts its potential, the DCEU at large, and Affleck’s career.
It’s time for animated films to be allowed onto the Oscar playing field and for bodies like the Academy, which are meant to recognize and award excellence in filmmaking, to give them more consideration beyond simply their designated Best Animated Feature category.
The conclusion in our four part series on Chinese investment in Hollywood addresses whether or not it is wise for Hollywood filmmakers to continue taking overseas money to finance their projects.
We’re not even a month into the new year but we’ve already had calls for the trailer for Star Wars: Episode VIII, not due out until this December. Yesterday, Disney and LucasFilms gave the public their first taste of what to expect with the official title: Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Naturally, the internet exploded with excitement and theories on what the title could possibly mean.
The Oscar nominations were unveiled Tuesday morning and things went pretty much as expected, with Lionsgate’s lovely musical La La Land leading the field with a record-tying 14 nominations. There were still some snubs and surprises, so here are the top 10 takeaways from the Academy’s big announcement.
Awards season means two things — Oscars nominations for most of the fall films, and Razzie nominations for most of the summer movies. Sure enough, the nominees for the 37th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards were announced Monday, and it’s a doozy of a lineup, folks!
Megan Ellison has made a name for herself in film with multiple Oscar nominations and several prestige pictures coming out of her production house, Annapurna Pictures. What does Annapurna Pictures move towards becoming a full on distributor mean for the company, Ellison, and the types of films they are making?