Film Forecast Friday: August 10th

On Friday August 10th we have…

1. The Meg

2. Black KkKlansman

3. Slender Man

4. Dog Days

Julia’s Prediction:

There aren’t any crazy big releases this week so it’s hard to say what will have the biggest impact on the box office.

The Meg seems kinda dumb and I’m not really sure how much people care about shark movies anymore, so it wouldn’t surprise me if it flopped. It does have some decently big names in it such as Rainn Wilson (The Office) and Ruby Rose (Orange Is The New Black) so maybe that could save it.

Black KkKlansman is arguably the best quality movie hitting theaters this weekend and after the rave reviews it’s been getting from critics I think it will do fairly well at the box office.

As for Slender Man, I think it might do okay considering the infamy of the legend behind it and the fact that there aren’t really any other horror films out to compete with it right now, as it is August, but not really expecting too much.

And Dog Days will probably do alright as a family film even though no one really asked for Valentine’s Day but with dogs.

Anthony’s Prediction:

I’m beyond interested in what this week is gonna bring. Specifically how awful The Meg is. It is absolutely garbage. Unfortunately, it will also do the best in the box office this weekend.

Next we have the much more interesting Slender Man which was severely under marketed. I am just curious what the future of 2018 will bring and especially what horrible horror movies are in the works.

Dog Days will also do well at the box office. It has an all star cast and DOGS. Who doesn’t love DOGS!

Last but not least we have BlackKkKlansman which actually looks pretty decent.

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How to Be a Boss and Other Lessons We Learned from ‘The Devil Wears Prada’

By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Julia Wilson

Anna Wintour. Vogue. New York. High Fashion. This is the groundwork and inspiration for the 2006 hit The Devil Wears Prada.

The legendary Meryl Streep portrays Miranda Priestly, the frigid editor-in-chief of a fictional fashion magazine in New York. Sound familiar? Well, what isn’t familiar to us audiences and fashion lovers (although we wish it were) is the story of Andy (Anne Hathaway) and her grueling yet, eye-opening experience as Priestly’s personal assistant.

While many think that working in fashion is a heaven that includes free Louboutins, this film shows the realistic day to day life and its cutthroat mentality. Andy finds herself to be the black sheep at her work as she refuses to fit in with the fashionable, size 2 women around her. But she quickly realizes that in order to earn respect she must act and look the part.

It may be hard for the chick-flick shamers to admit or understand but this film has a deeper meaning than just “fashion week” and “designer bags” (even though I wouldn’t mind a movie about the history of The Birkin). The deeper meaning I’m talking about is simple: being at the top doesn’t always make you happy.

Andy was a journalism student who’d rather write about current affairs than current trends. But in order to get quick success, she chose the job that wasn’t a part of her own dream and even though she was in a higher paying job working with one of the most important people in fashion, she wasn’t happy. She also lost sight of who she was and distanced herself from the people who mattered.

But, there’s a bright side and another important lesson to be learned. While being a personal assistant, Andy became more confident, more articulate, and more knowledgeable on the industry. Miranda Priestly might’ve been stone-cold but she did her job and steamrolled through when it became stressful. She was powerful, intelligent, and no one could touch her. If that isn’t the definition of a boss woman then I don’t know what is.

The Devil Wears Prada taught us what it means to become a better, headstrong version of you while always staying true to yourself.

‘Toy Story’ Will Always Have A Friend In Me

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Olivia Norwood

I find there no need to introduce a movie that has captivated all ranges of people since 1995. Toy Story is an animated movie that blew people so far out of their shoes that it has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 100%.

It’s nice to look at the brilliant accomplishments behind the franchise that changed the animation industry and Disney all together, but it’s even more fascinating to think about why they achieved what they did. What was it about Toy Story that makes everyone so powerfully shout a ‘yes!’ when they are asked whether they like it or not? Well, that reason can be answered with many responses.

The animation itself was one of the many factors that people love. It was something unique that wasn’t shown prior to 1995. I mean, it was a bunch of talking toys. How often did you see such a thing in a beautifully animated film?

That transitions perfectly into the second aspect of Toy Story that people fell in love with. That would be the story itself. It adds to the uniqueness of the already living toys with backstories that only benefit the characters. Being able to witness of a chipper young cowboy doll become friends with a plastic astronaut was the perfect amount of funny and happiness. On top of that, we have a dog who doubles as a slinky, a dinosaur scared of his own shadow, and so many more.

It’s a mesmerizing piece of family-friendly artwork that warms the human soul on even the saddest of days. It didn’t stop with the first one, either. It ended up being one of the only franchises ever to prove that a sequel can be better than the original.

It’s ridiculously important to understand just how powerful animation can be. Toy Story is yet another animated family movie that stood in its place – which was high up on an ever evolving pedestal.

Scream-A-Thon: The Perfect Amount

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Julia Wilson

Yesterday I got the life changing experience of watching all four of the Scream films in a theater (3 of which were on 35 mm print) in a marathon properly titled “Scream-a-thon”.

Let me start by saying that the Scream franchise was already my third favorite horror franchise even before entering the theater. Watching them in a row with a hyped up group of people and entertaining break shows solidified its spot even more.

Prior to the first Scream showing, two workers, dressed up as Ghostface, made a successful attempt to excite the audience with pre-show trivia and games with prizes. Each of these games was splattered with quotes from the legend himself (I am indeed talking about Ghostface) such as the iconic “gut you like a fish” line from the first film.

Before Scream 2 started, we all got the honor of watching a drag queen dressed up as Tatum from Scream with a cardboard garage around her waist imitating the character’s death to the song “Drop Dead Gorgeous” by Republica.

The movies themselves were something else. Seeing the Jamie Lee Curtis of the Scream franchise, Neve Campbell, master the art of one of the most powerful women of horror was truly enlightening. Sidney Prescott is the queen of modern horror. Even in Scream 4, Campbell’s character rules the show and uses all her power to develop Sidney even more.

Separately, watching Skeet Ulrich as Billy Loomis and Matthew Lillard as Stu Macher makes my bones shiver. They showed what a teenage psycho really was. More like the modern version of the horny teenage psychopath. And I’ll tell you, it was wonderful. The next time that a movie showed an even more modern psycho was Scream 4 when the surprising, fame hungry killer was revealed.

All four movies were something that should – and must – be experienced at least once in the form of a marathon because it’s a very life changing experience. It’s crazy to be able to watch one of the most cult classic horror franchises of all time in a theater with people who are equally as excited as I was.

Watching Tom Cruise in ‘Mission: Impossible- Fallout’ is Life Changing

By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Julia Wilson

Another summer, another blockbuster. Or should I say, “Another Mission: Impossible”?

Although it has been 3 years since the last installment Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation, I’m still amazed by how fans still come out to see the 56 year old Tom Cruise pull off the coolest action sequences as the infamous Ethan Hunt.

This year, we are blessed with the sixth film in the series Mission: Impossible- Fallout and it’s definitely the best one yet. Hunt, along with his team of agents (Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and Rebecca Ferguson) are in the time crunch of their lives as they search for stolen plutonium before it’s used for nuclear war. While this is obviously the most crucial part of the mission, Hunt is sidetracked with the CIA’s involvement, distrust toward him, and his motives.

It’s exciting, right? Not only is it absolutely thrilling but it’s also extremely stressful. So many parts go wrong as Hunt nearly misses while jumping from one building to the next which, by the way, was a mistake that ended up in the final take and gave Cruise a broken ankle.

Can we also talk about Cruise and the fact that he is 56 years old and still doing his own stunts? What does that man do to keep himself so healthy and able to pull off these intense stunts? I don’t think Cruise gets enough credit for this large bit of his resumé. He pretty much risks his life for this series and all we give him is a few million dollars? This man deserves a trillion.

Besides Tom Cruise being an overly ruthless beast, Mission: Impossible- Fallout was what anyone could expect from the series: action and entertainment. Many would say that these movies are overrated and outdated, but who else could give us our secret agent/spy fantasies and keep us entertained for 2 decades?


My Rating: 87%

Acting: 2.8/4

Cinematography: 3.5/4

Story: 3.7/4

Enjoyability: 4/4

Film Forecast Friday: July 27th

On Friday, July 27th we have…

1.Mission: Impossible – Fallout

2.Teen Titans Go! To The Movies

3.Blindspotting

4.Hot Summer Nights

5.Puzzle

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.

‘Bao’: A Brutally Meaningful Showstarter

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Julia Wilson

If you like movies and aren’t completely ignorant, you’ve definitely heard of the seamless Incredibles 2. But we aren’t here to talk about that movie – we are here to talk about what comes before it.

Prior to the Disney Pixar sequel, a short film titled Bao was featured. It was a short with no talking and very minimal sound, but brilliant animation. This, of course, can be expected of the mega animation company behind it.

The creator was a woman by the name of Domee Shi, who wrote and directed the entirety of it. This was the only produced piece on her filmography, but still made her the first woman to direct and create a Pixar short.

The story itself revolves around a woman who is making dinner for her husband – dumplings, specifically – and as her husband leaves for work, the woman is left alone. That is, except for one dumpling that sprouts arms and legs. Don’t worry, it’s not creepy, it’s cute.

It zooms through the life of the woman and her dumpling as he grows up into a bigger dumpling and eventually wants to leave home. This leads to the tragedy of the woman *SPOILER ALERT* eating her child dumpling. Once again, it’s not creepy. Seconds after, it’s revealed that, all along, the dumpling was her son. A son that abandoned her and distanced himself, creating tension when he comes back. It all ends happily when the love of a mother overpowers the fear of him leaving again.

This short film had me in tears before the main attraction even started. I was left shook and half-tempted to leave the theatre to call my own mom. Shi knew how to tug at the heart strings with a self-understood passion that she clearly demonstrated, telling a story with a moral that can only be described as undebatable and astounding. Family is around for a reason, and you shouldn’t cut that unless it’s necessary and healthier.

Even leaving Incredibles 2, I was thinking about this short. The story, the metaphors within, and all the thought that Shi must’ve put into the – for a lack of a better word – incredible journey of a mother and her child.


My Rating: 97.5%

Animation: 3.9/4

Direction: 3.9/4

Story: 3.9/4

Enjoyability: 3.9/4