Film Forecast Friday: July 27th

On Friday, July 27th we have…

1.Mission: Impossible – Fallout

2.Teen Titans Go! To The Movies


4.Hot Summer Nights


Julia’s Prediction:

Undoubtedly Mission: Impossible – Fallout will be the biggest movie released this week. It’s part of a highly successful franchise that always makes a lot of money so I doubt this one will be any different. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t make as much as other Mission: Impossible movies because aren’t people tired of them by now?

Next will be Teen Titans Go! To The Movies and then Blindspotting. Teen Titans will give something for parents to take their kids to, and now that Blindspotting has a wider release I’m sure many people will be flocking to see this politically charged drama that critics have been raving about.

Hot Summer Nights will probably do alright with all of the Call Me By Your Name fanatics going to see the rather mediocre Timothee Chalamet. As for Puzzle I don’t expect it to do that great box office wise as I haven’t heard much about it.

Anthony’s Prediction:

The first thing I’m going to say about this week is that I am so happy that I never have to see another Mission: Impossible – Fallout trailer because it was exhausting. Regardless, it’s obviously going to significantly more than any other movie this weekend.

Who decided to make Teen Titans GO! To The Movies? It’s not a cute idea and shows a company who is desperate need of some kid movie that’s going to crash. Let’s face it, most seven year olds don’t know who the teen titans are anymore.

Blindspotting will probably make the second most this weekend which is pretty interesting. I’m excited to see how that and the under-marketed Puzzle turn out with audiences.

Lastly, I have no other opinion on Hot Summer Nights other than I’m excited to see Timothee Chalamet try to be as good as he was in Call Me By Your Name.


I Survived: Watching All The Harry Potter Movies Back To Back

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Olivia Norwood

Yesterday I decided to embark on the journey of watching all eight of the Harry Potter Movies in one sitting. Combined, without the credits, all movies amount to a whopping 19 hours and 38 minutes. However, due to bathroom breaks and the time it takes to put in the DVD it ended up taking me and fellow BFS writer Anthony 19 hours and 44 minutes to watch. We started at exactly 9:54 a.m. yesterday morning and finished at exactly 5:38 a.m. this morning.

This was also my first time watching the Harry Potter movies (I know, I am so late to the game) as I finished the book series about five hours before beginning the marathon.

My favorite movies in the franchise were definitely a tie between Harry Potter and the Prisonor of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 which are also my two favorite books. I loved Prisoner of Azkaban because Gary Oldman as Sirius Black is my favorite thing, and Deathly Hallows Part 2 just felt exactly how I imagined when I was reading which I loved.

Now, I really want to relay this experience the best I can just in case you are planning to do it yourself.

First of all, it really doesn’t feel as long as it sounds. Honestly, I got in this headspace where it felt like my whole life was just watching Harry Potter and I was one hundred percent okay with that.

It is also fun to see how much not only the quality of the series evolves, but also the tone. Because in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets it feels like just this cute family friendly franchise. But then by Prisoner of Azkaban the tone starts to get darker with each movie. Which makes sense because that is how the story goes, but because of the change in quality and the change in coloring the difference is even more evident. This is seen by the colors changing from brighter to more dull and dark in the later films.

Going into this experience, I was a little nervous about being able to stay up long enough to finish. But the movies are so good, and I was so immersed in the story that for the most part I had no issue with this.

The only point where I was ever struggling to stay up was during parts of Deathly Hallows Part 1. But drinking cold water helped me stay awake, and by the time I reached Deathly Hallows Part 2 stuff was so intense that I had absolutely no problem finishing out (even though it was 4 in the morning).

Overall, this was a great experience that I would definitely recommend to anyone even if you are a first time watcher like I was. The movies will keep you engaged so you won’t fall asleep and you get to see all the ways the series changes over the years.

‘Something Borrowed’: An Affair

By Therese Gardner, Edited by Olivia Norwood

Based on the novel by Emily Giffin, of the same name, Something Borrowed, is a romantic comedy that follows Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) as she begins an affair with her best friend’s, soon-to-be husband, Dex (Colin Egglesfield). While it is a stereotypical and predictable rom-com where the protagonist accidentally falls in love with her best friend’s fiance, it still is an all-time favorite of mine.

At the beginning of the film after having had too many drinks while celebrating her thirtieth birthday, Rachel grabs a cab with Dex where they head to another bar for some more drinks and she unintentionally reveals the crush she had on him throughout law school. As the night progresses, the two end up going back to her apartment together and, as the saying goes, the rest becomes history. Except, this time, it’s actually just the beginning of an extremely complicated and heartbreaking narrative.

The following morning, Rachel and Dex are both startled awake to Darcy calling both of their phones. Dex rushes out before Rachel answers the phone and they are able to discuss what happened the night before. Rachel thinks her encounter with Dex was only a one night stand, but is not long before it develops into something much more – an affair.

As their affair continues, Dex and Rachel begin telling a thread of lies to Darcy and friends in order to cover up their secret relationship. Rachel does so by telling Darcy she’s having an affair with their shared friend, Ethan (John Krasinski) and Marcus (Steve Howey). Rachel and Dex spend as much time together, as circumstances will allow, until the wedding nears and they start seeing each other less. Rachel begs Dex to call of the wedding, so the two of them can be together, but Dex refuses. The morning of the wedding Rachel finds Dex at her doorstep and announces that him and Darcy have called of the wedding.

Initially, Rachel is over the moon until Darcy shows up at her door to talk and realizes that Dex was there all along, and Rachel was the other woman. Darcy is furious with Rachel, and the two seemingly never talk again until two months later when they run into each other on the street.

Although there is not much to take away from this film, hence why I have provided a brief synopsis, Something Borrowed is a lighthearted rom-com that is perfect for a girls night in. Just grab a box of chocolates, a drink of choice, and relax.

‘Unfriended: Dark Web’ Proves its Worth in the Horror Genre

By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Julia Wilson

As we approach the fall season, horror movies will be releasing in an abundance. This weekend, our silver screens have been graced with the new Unfriended: Dark Web.

If you didn’t know, this film is the sequel to the 2014 Unfriended where we were introduced to a new kind of fright—the internet.

Using only the screen of a computer, Unfriended: Dark Web follows Matias (Colin Woodell) who accidentally steals the computer of a Dark Web criminal. During a game night over Skype, Matias’s closest friends begin to suffer the consequences of Matias’s actions and the worldwide ring of criminals who revel in their demise.

Considering that it is a sequel, I have to say that it was 100% better than the first film. Many would say that realistic horror is more frightening because it’s something that could actually happen, and that is exactly the case with Dark Web.

The situations that occur will scare anyone into dropping their modern life to live a tech-free, secluded life. I left the theatre completely terrified of everything, including my own phone. Not only is the technology piece bone-chilling, but so are the deaths. They’re creatively mortifying and something you’d never expect.

Writers Nelson Greaves and Stephen Susco have done a spectacular job with this film’s smart and impressive story that I was actually skeptical of, at first.

I went into it expecting a nonsense plot but, Unfriended: Dark Web turned out to be one of the best horror films of summer 2018.

My Rating: 88%

Acting: 3/4

Cinematography: 3.5/4

Story: 3.8/4

Enjoyability: 3.8/4

‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again’ Sticks To Its Roots

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Olivia Norwood

We’ve all been waiting for the Mamma Mia sequel for months – or years – and we’ve all been dying to see how it turned out.

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again follows two main storylines. One following a young Donna (Lily James) as she meets her daughter’s three fathers and learns about falling in love and the heartbreak of falling out of it. The second follows Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) in the future as she tries to continue her mother’s legacy after her death by rebuilding the hotel her mother spent her young life in.

Overall, this was a pretty good sequel to the 2008 girls’ night must-watch. There were a few plot holes in the writing that were glossed over for convenience to the plot, but that’s pretty common in movies such as this.

For example, there’s a scene towards the beginning of the movie where Donna breaks a staircase by riding down the bannister, and minutes later it’s completely fixed. I’m obviously not going to flat out harass this movie for that, but it’s still something to look into.

Another negative aspect of the movie was its use of transitions. Since there were two storylines going on, the creators had to make some way to transition between the two.

They did this by moving the camera so fast that suddenly you were transported to a different time period focusing on a different person.

On the other hand, the acting wasn’t awful. It was pretty typical but interesting to watch so many different actors and actresses act in the same environment. Although I won’t spoil, I loved how they incorporated Meryl Streep’s character as well as Cher’s character. Everyone had their own purpose and their own individual song.

I definitely didn’t hate Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. Of course there were things it could’ve done different and I will say that the first movie was slightly better but it did what it wanted to accomplish. It stuck to the roots of the original movie while diving deeper into the roots of Donna as a whole.

From what I’ve seen, that’s all it takes to satisfy a mega fan.

My Rating: 80%

Acting: 3.1/4

Cinematography: 3.3/4

Story: 3/4

Enjoyability: 3.5/4

Film Forecast Friday: July 20th

On July 20th we have…

Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again

The Equalizer 2

Unfriended: Dark Web

Father of the Year

Liv’s Prediction:

This Friday is big for blockbuster sequels as we have Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again and The Equalizer 2. I foresee these two films doing wonders at the box office, especially Mamma Mia 2 with all of the mass marketing. It’s also a musical with Cher and Meryl Streep singing ABBA songs so how could it not be successful?

There are a few other films that seem like they could garner some attention this weekend. Unfriended: Dark Web is, yet again, another sequel. Except, this one may be more popular amongst the teenage and young adult crowd as the first one had done as well. It’ll definitely pull them in this weekend for their Friday fix of horror.

Another film this weekend, Netflix’s Father of the Year, is iffy. It’s a comedy starring David Spade and, considering we haven’t seen much of him recently, some (SNL fans) might want to see him back in action. It also has the fortune of being on Netflix so that people don’t have to go out and spend money. Instead they can sit back at home and watch without worrying about their wallets.

‘Sorry To Bother You’ But This Movie Was Great

By Julia Wilson and Anthony Peyton, Edited by Olivia Norwood

Eccentric and oddly mesmerizing—the only words to describe perhaps the most unique take on race and labor that we’ve seen in film so far.

Sorry To Bother You stars Get Out’s LaKeith Stanfield as Cassius Green and Call Me By Your Name’s Armie Hammer as Steve Lift. Green, unemployed and struggling to find a purpose, acquires a job as a telemarketer for Regalview with the full intention of becoming a prestigious “power caller”. This is a group of people who use their clients’ dark requests to make millions of dollars.

He succeeds in doing this by using his new-found “white voice”, which involves sounding like you don’t have a care in the world. This leads him to Steve Lift, the CEO of a company called WorryFree, who offers him an… interesting position. WorryFree is criticized for its use of life-time contracts and living conditions that are consistently compared to slavery.

To get a look into the odd ways that WorryFree dives into slave labor, they use something not quite… human. But for that, you’ll have to watch it for yourself.

One aspect that we were really intrigued about was its use of activism. Whether it be about race, labor, or livable wages this film covers it all through protests and subtle acts of violence.

Through these protests we get our first look at the masterful cinematography in this film. Color plays a big role in this by the use of lighter colors to express wealth, vibrant colors to represent some level of authority, and dull colors to show the opposite.

The balance of authority and wealth varies with each character. Lift, being the CEO of WorryFree, had both authority and wealth. On the other hand, Green’s girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson) maintains authority with her friends and boyfriend, yet cannot acquire the same wealth as Lift.

This concept is furthered using race. Although not at the forefront, race definitely guides the story. This is evident in the aforementioned “white voice” that several black employees must use to have hopes of moving up. Green is even forbidden from using his normal voice when he reaches the top.

Acting wise, there were no poor performances, but also none that outshined the others. However, if we had to pick, Stanfield and Hammer seemed to develop their characters the most powerfully. Thompson’s character didn’t begin to stand out until her art show in which she repetitively read a single line from The Last Dragon in unique and terrifying ways.

Sorry To Bother You truly captures race, labor, authority, wealth, and activism in a light we have not yet seen in cinema.

Our Rating: 90%

Acting: 3.5/4

Cinematography: 3.8/4

Story: 3.5/7

Enjoyability: 3.6/4