‘Incredibles 2’ Squares Up

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Julia Wilson

I know, just about every review out there right now regarding Incredibles 2 has been praising it immensely, which it deserves. You may be reading this believing that I, too, will applaud it in the same ways and you’d be absolutely right. I believe that no one can get tired of reading that Incredibles 2 was just that, incredible.

Here we are with our favorite super family. We have Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), his very flexible wife Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), and their children Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile), Violet (Sarah Vowell), and Dash (Huck Milner). Each of them has a special power, or multiple.

This was simply a fantastic movie. For me, it was better than the first. Many reviews I’ve read have said it’s “equally as good” or “not quite as good but still great” compared to the first one. I look at it as a full-on upgrade from the first, which was amazing.

The voice acting was slightly different for each of the characters, but this could be expected as time passes, voices change, and actors are switched out. It’s been 14 dang years, so there’s no point in complaining.

I thought the story was so interesting in its ability to continue the original storyline while also adding in a completely new – and creepier – villain. I adored the story focus on both Elastigirl and Mr. Incredible switching roles. Elastigirl is the superhero in control while Bob is the stay-at-home dad.

Incredibles 2 was easily one of my top 10 movies of the year and I highly recommend everybody to see it. There’s something for everybody to enjoy, whether you’re a dad celebrating Father’s Day or a teen who grew up watching the Incredibles.


My Rating:

Animation: 3.7/4

Cinematography: 3.6/4

Story: 3.7/4

Enjoyability: 3.9/4

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‘Superfly’ Was Nothing Special

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Anthony Peyton

Superfly is a remake of the 1972 film Super Fly. It follows Youngblood Priest (Trevor Jackson) who is a cocaine dealer who wants out of the drug world. His process of doing so ends up inciting a drug war and creates tensions with dirty cops.

Superfly is interesting in the fact that it was directed by Director X, who is famous for directing music videos for artists such as Rihanna and Drake. This definitely shows through as a lot of the imagery in the film feels like a music video.

Honestly, I really wasn’t a huge fan of this movie. To be fair, I have never seen the original and this isn’t really my kind of movie in the first place, but I do have specific reasons for why I personally did not like it.

First, the plot just felt like your typical drug war movie to me. There was nothing special or different. Everything that happened I expected to happen and saw coming.

Also, there were certain moments where it felt like the movie was maybe trying to make some kind of social commentary about police brutality, but stopped before it really finished doing so. I think had it went in that direction it would have added an extra element that would have made it far more interesting and compelling than your typical drug war kind of movie.

Visually, the movie was interesting with its imagery that was similar to that of a music video. But for me, that just wasn’t enough to compensate for a plot I wasn’t very interested in.

I think that for some, this movie would definitely be entertaining. Mostly, it is just violence, sex and drugs. If that is the kind of movie you are into then I would definitely recommend Superfly. But if not, maybe skip this one.


My Rating: 58%

Acting: 2.5/4

Cinematography: 2.8/4

Story: 2/4

Enjoyability: 2/4

 

Film Forecast Friday: June 15th

On Friday June 15th we have…

  1. Incredibles 2
  2. Tag
  3. Superfly
  4. Gotti
  5. The Yellow Birds

Julia’s prediction:

There is no doubt in my mind that Incredibles 2 will be the biggest movie coming out this week. People have been waiting for this sequel for well over a decade and they will surely flock to the theaters to see it this weekend.

After Incredibles 2 will definitely be Tag. There’s been a ton of marketing on it, and it has a pretty star studded cast including Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, and Jeremy Renner just to name a few. It also looks absolutely hilarious and I am super excited to see it.

Superfly, Gotti, and The Yellow Birds I have heard nothing about, so I don’t really expect big box office numbers from these ones. Gotti does star John Travolta so that might help it out a little, but still not expecting too much out of any of these.

Anthony’s prediction:

I’m going to start out by saying that I saw Incredibles 2 last night, and it was everything. It’s going to kill it at the box office this week and judging by the hundreds of people piling into the theater I was in, that only furthers it.

It blows me away that Tag is already here, as I feel like I’ve been seeing the trailer for it forever. It has the amazing Jon Hamm, who I may or may not intentionally believe to be Armie Hammer’s dad, so I’m ready.

Gotti is getting a lot of attention marketing-wise, but won’t come close to Incredibles 2 or Tag.

Superfly and The Yellow Birds aren’t my cup of tea and won’t be the box office’s either.

 

Mr. Rogers Recaptures Our Hearts in ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’

By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Therese Gardner

Children’s television has become something of a mass produced ploy to sell products to its very young audiences. They don’t really convey a message. But, children’s television used to be something more. In the new heartfelt documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, we discover the impact of one television program and it’s unlikely star.

If you know the tune, then you know the show. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is about the Dalai Lama of television, Fred Rogers, and his educational show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Many know that Rogers was a good man as he was an ordained minister, worked closely with professionals to understand child psychology, and convinced Senator Pastore to continue funding for public television. But, what many do not know is that he cared deeply and fondly about the children who viewed his show and the world they were growing up in.

He loved children which is shown through clips of interviews where he describes how his passion for spreading kindness became his life long mission. He made sure that children knew how special they were and that they were loved.

In the film, audiences not only find out the story of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood but, also who Mr. Rogers was. We quickly learn that the soft spoken and happy man dealt with his own internal struggles and dealt with them through music and a little stuffed tiger named, Daniel.

He was constantly criticized for being open-minded and kind. It seemed impossible for someone like Rogers to exist but, he proved that being compassionate isn’t always hard to do. He was understanding of others feelings and not only listened but cared what people had to say. Which is what made the show so successful in touching the hearts of so many.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is just as beautiful as the soul of its subject and will bring people to tears just listening to the beloved Mr. Rogers sing the tune that used to brighten our days and capture our hearts.


My Rating: 97%

Directing: 3.8/4

Cinematography: 3.8/4

Story: 4/4

Enjoyability: 4/4

10 Best Musical Movies

Who doesn’t love musicals? They’re one of the most fun genres to watch, and there are so many great ones that it’s hard to pick the best. But today we at BFS tried to do just that, as we talk about the 10 best musical movies.

  1. West Side Story

This is a musical about modern Romeo and Juliet with so many amazing musical numbers. A tragic story, but a visual masterpiece that is an amazing example of a Broadway musical translated into a movie.

2. The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music is the most classic musical there is. Starring the beautiful Julie Andrews this is undoubtedly a timeless work of art with so many classic songs like “My Favorite Things” and “So Long, Farewell”.

3. Chicago

This movie stars some bad ass ladies, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger, has so many unforgettable numbers it is almost impossible to pick your favorite song, and showcases some truly dazzling costume design. This movie is so good it even won Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 2003.

4. Gigi

With a beautiful romance and that Old Hollywood charm, this musical is hard not to love. Not only did this movie win the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1959, but it also broke the record at the time for most Oscar wins by taking home 9 awards that night.

5. La La Land

La La Land is the newest one on the list, yet the magic it brings to the screen makes it feel like a classic. Between the amazing music, stunning cinematography, and all of those nods to Old Hollywood, La La Land is one of the most beautiful musicals to date.

6. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

This movie is the original cult classic. It has one of the biggest cultural influences of any of the movies on this list. And between the rocking music, the iconic costumes, and the entrancing story, this is the kind of movie that still has people dressing up and throwing stuff at the screen to this day.

7. An American in Paris

An American in Paris is one of those Old Hollywood classics that you just gotta love. It stars the Hollywood legend himself, Gene Kelly, and won Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 1952.

8. Singin’ in the Rain

Singin’ in the Rain is a timeless romantic comedy set in Old Hollywood. It brought us so many iconic scenes, including the titular song and rain sequence of “Singin’ in the Rain”. Its undeniable charm is what keeps us loving it over 60 years after it came out.

9. Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! is one of those musicals that you just can’t help but dance to. With a star studded cast and its beautiful Greek scenery, this is one of those fun filled movies that you can watch over and over again. It also has a sequel coming out this year, and I don’t know about you, but we at BFS are counting down the days until that comes out!

10. The Wizard of Oz

Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Wizard of OZ is a large part of movie history. It also features so many classic songs like “Over the Rainbow” and has one of those unforgettable stories that everyone knows about.

 

‘Shrek’ Me Up: A Look Back on the Childrens’ Classic

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Julia Wilson

For this Time Warp, I decided I would touch on one of my absolute favorite animated movie franchises. That, of course, is the Academy Award winning film, ‘Shrek’. It’s still funny to me to be able to say “Academy Award winning” to the classic swamp-dwelling ogre that is my man Shrek.

Many who haven’t seen this iconic film may ask why it won Best Animated Feature in 2002. Well, those who have seen it can tell you exactly why.

The mean green fighting machine Shrek (Mike Myers) is an angry ogre who just likes to be left alone, as most people nowadays. But once love comes along, that changes, as with anyone who suddenly finds love. Shrek’s love didn’t come suddenly, of course. It came after a long journey with his new friend – whether or not he likes to admit it – a donkey, whose name is, well, Donkey (Eddie Murphy).

The love interest/self-hating princess in the movie is Fiona (played by Cameron Diaz), who loves throwing tantrums at every moment she can. You may think that it’s obnoxious, but it becomes very easy to love her by the end.

That is the overall plot of the entire first movie, but they do so well developing all the relationships within it. Being able to meet dozens of fairy tale creatures who annoy Shrek to the brink of absolute fury is, even if it’s not to Shrek, completely hilarious to watch.

Half the enjoyability of this movie revolves around the supreme soundtrack that plays throughout. I mean, we have songs like “All Star” by Smash Mouth and “Bad Reputation” performed by Joan Jett. That sells it right there, doesn’t it?

It’s an undeniably enjoyable movie and impossible not to love. It sparked a sequel that is debatably better than the first if not just as good. It’s one of those movie franchises that anybody will want to watch on a lazy afternoon in the summer, with their kids for a family movie night, in the middle of a snowstorm in the winter, or pretty much at anytime. That is how I define a classic.

‘Alex Strangelove’ Tells a Touching Coming Out Story

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Olivia Norwood

Happy Pride Month everyone! This month we have seen an outpouring of celebration and support for the LGBTQ community and it seems Netflix has joined in with its release of Alex Strangelove.
Alex Strangelove follows the sexually confused high school senior Alex Truelove (Daniel Doheny). Alex has been with his girlfriend and best friend Claire (Madeline Weinstein) for a while and after the prodding of his friends he decides to rent a hotel room and finally lose his virginity to her.

Soon after he makes these plans he meets a guy named Elliot (Antonio Marziale) at a party. As Alex and Elliot and the day he plans to lose his virginity to Claire get closer, Alex begins to question his feelings and his sexuality.

Alex Strangelove is a sweet and intricate coming out story with more layers than your average coming out movie. As the movie progresses, we see that Alex’s struggle with his sexuality stems from not only an inner struggle to admit to himself that he’s gay, but also past experiences with bullying.

This movie is different from other recent coming out movies like Love, Simon in the sense that Alex’s struggle lies mostly within himself and figuring out his sexuality, and less on how people will perceive him.

I really appreciated how this movie focused on the high school kids’ perspectives and didn’t go too much into bringing the adults into the story. I think it contributed to the authentic feel of the movie.

This was a conscious choice by director and writer Craig Johnson who has been trying to get this movie made for ten years, but hasn’t been able to because there wasn’t a big adult role to attach a big name to.

This movie did a lot of things right. It felt authentic and real which really brings you into the story. It could have so easily have fallen into the realm of clichés, but it didn’t. It stayed true to itself and its purpose and gave us an adorable yet, engaging story to watch.


My Rating: 83%

Acting: 3/4

Cinematography: 2.8/4

Story: 3.5/4

Enjoyability: 3.9/4