‘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.

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Film Forecast Friday: June 1st

On Friday June 1st we have…

1. Adrift

2. Upgrade

3. Action Point

4. American Animals

5. A Kid Like Jake

Julia’s Predictions:

This is an interesting week because for the first time in a while there are no big blockbusters being released. Out of the movies that are being released I think Adrift will have the biggest box office numbers. It has notable actors Shailene Woodley (Fault in Our Stars, Divergent) and Sam Claflin (Me Before You, Hunger Games) in it and I’ve seen a lot of marketing for it.

I think Action Point and Upgrade will do alright. I haven’t heard too much about either of them, but Action Point has Johnny Knoxville (Jackass) in it which will likely bring out audiences. Also, Upgrade is a Blumhouse Productions film and those tend to do well.

American Animals is absolutely amazing and I strongly recommend you go see it. We have already reviewed it, so if you need any more convincing to go see it check out our review!

Finally, A Kid Like Jake which honestly I didn’t know was a movie until today. It has Jim Parsons in it so maybe it will attract some Big Bang Theory fans?

Anthony’s Predictions:

I am beyond excited for Adrift with Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin. This will also be the moneymaker for the week at the box office, even if it will not make quite as much as previous weeks.

I have heard so much about American Animals that I’ve gotten very excited to see it. It has such a unique group of actors in it (including Evan Peters!) so I know that I’ll enjoy it already.

I definitely forgot Action Point and Upgrade were even coming out this week. I don’t really have a high opinion on them but I believe they will do about the same at the box office.

A Kid Like Jake won’t be too crazy spectacular, but should be fun because of Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons, as he is in it.

‘Avengers: Infinity War’: Marvel Lives Up to its Name

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Julia Wilson

Avengers: Infinity War is by far the most hyped up movie of this year (just ahead of Black Panther, yet another Marvel sensation) and it deserves the hype. Everywhere you look on the jam packed screen is another hero with a new bruise, stab, or fatal wound.

This is not a movie for you if you’re the type who hates to see superheroes die. Although I won’t say who, that’s exactly what this movie is. Avengers: The Death of Tons of People You’ve Come to Love is a more suitable name.

One of my absolute favorite things about this movie is how well it connects the last ten years of Marvel movies, from Iron Man to Spider-Man: Homecoming and does better than most movie companies at shoving them together into one endless movie (it has “infinity” in the title for a reason, it’s nearly three hours long).

They built on the storylines of each of the previous movies, making it beneficial – but not required – to have seen most if not all of the previous films. They build on the storylines of Captain America’s shield, Thor’s Hammer, Iron Man’s new suit, Spider-Man’s new suit, Groot as a teenager, and so (so, so, so) many more.

Aside from the whole jam-packed-with-so-many-things-your-head-explodes, the acting was decent. There were definitely a few stand-outs, such as the stunning Elizabeth Olsen (who plays Wanda, the Scarlet Witch), Chris Evans (Portrays Guardians of the Galaxy’s Peter Quill), and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) to name just a few.

It was a pretty visually appealing film, with tons of planets that meet the needs of every superhero and every fight. Which helps, considering there are some superheroes who have their own story but never meet up with each other the entirety of the movie. Once again, I’m not here to spoil anything, so I’ll let you discover that for yourself. However, I will inform you that Ant-Man and Hawkeye aren’t in the movie at all, but that may have been a good thing as Ant-Man and The Wasp is coming later this year and I’m sure they didn’t want to screw up Ant-Man’s life as much as the others.

Make sure you stay for the credits as there is a post-credits scene as Marvel always does. Infinity War is no different.

Avengers: Infinity War was an overwhelming display of superheroes that no one can complain about because everyone asked for it. And oh boy did they deliver.


My Rating: 90%

Acting: 3.4/4

Cinematography: 3.6/4

Story: 3.7/4

Enjoyability: 3.7/4

April 27th Film Forecast

On Friday, April 27th, we have….

Avengers: Infinity War Part One

Disobedience

Kings

Backstabbing for Beginners

Liv’s Prediction:

Let’s start off with the easiest prediction out of all of them. Avengers: Infinity War will not only dominate but make the other movies seem like they were never released. Everyone else knew it too. I Feel Pretty had to change its release date because it didn’t want to compete with the alpha-dog that is Marvel.

But enough of that overrated mess, let’s get on with the more interesting ones. My predictions for Disobedience are that it won’t do spectacular but it’ll do well. It’s a Rachel McAdams film with an LGBT romance. Who knows? Maybe the Call Me By Your Name fans will flock to it but one thing is for certain – the hipsters will be in attendance.

On the other hand, I expect Kings to be a shocking success. Shocking because of the dominance of Infinity War and successful because of the content and how relevant it is to the times. I predict that a lot of younger viewers will attach themselves to this movie as soon as they find out about it.

Therese’s Prediction:

Without a doubt, the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War will be the biggest film of the week. It has been a long awaited, hopefully, phenomenal cinematic journey that exceeds expectations. It is one of Marvel’s most ambitious projects that has been in the works for the last several years and features many of the most prominent superheroes. While it is expected to be a top-seller, let’s hope it actually lives up to the hype.

Despite the blockbuster that will be Avengers: Infinity War, I am not much of a superhero film fanatic so the other films to premiere are of more interest. As a Bleeker Street film, Disobedience has the potential to do really well, especially with the likes of Rachel McAdams appearing as one of the main characters, but it is difficult to tell and we’ll have to wait and see.

While Halle Berry and Daniel Craig are at the forefront of this story, I do not have very high expectations for the film Kings, as the storyline does not seem very well thought out -it may either be a shameful mistake or a surprising success. And lastly, I expect Backstabbing for Beginners, starring Theo James, to not be much of an attraction either; it will be more of something that happened, but disappears without much attention given.

4/20: Top Shelf Stoner Films

Hello readers!

Judging by the title, you already know what today’s post is about.

As a Denver based company, the Basement Film Society would be lost or ‘dazed’ if we hadn’t done our part in celebrating Colorado’s infamous holiday, 4/20. So, here’s a little list of our favorite stoner flicks. Use this list for whatever you’d like, whether that be binge watching to celebrate the green culture or to have it on in the background while you roll one.

Smoke up, ya dirty hippies!

  1. Dazed and Confused
  2. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
  3. Dude, Where’s My Car?
  4. How High
  5. Pineapple Express
  6. Friday
  7. Up In Smoke
  8. Half Baked
  9. The Big Lebowski
  10. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
  11. Superbad

Film Forecast Friday: April 6th

By Anthony Peyton and Olivia Norwood

On Friday, April 6th, we have….

  1. A Quiet Place
  2. Chappaquiddick
  3. Blockers
  4. You Were Never Really Here
  5. The Miracle Season
  6. Lean on Pete

Anthony’s Prediction:

First things first, I think ‘The Miracle Season’ is going to crash at the box office. It doesn’t have a huge variety of strong actors and it never seemed to have a very solid story in the first place unless you just so happen to be a high school volleyball player.

‘You Were Never Really Here’ could be a hit or miss, but I’m shooting for more of a miss. Luckily, it has Joaquin Phoenix (‘Her’), so maybe that will balance it’s already-been-done before type of story. ‘Lean on Pete’ honestly seems like it will be a cute movie. Yes, cute. But that’s about as far as I’ll go with that one. I don’t think it’ll be a great movie or a popular one by any means, but it’ll be there for a movie to watch.

On the other hand, ‘Blockers’ and ‘Chappaquiddick’ seem like they are both going to do just as well as each other. Neither are super anticipated, but both seem like they could potentially have their moments (I mean, Blockers has John Cena in it, which is always something to uncomfortably cringe at).

The biggest hit for week one of April will definitely be ‘A Quiet Place’. It’s a horror movie – a strange one at that – and it should be quite the start for incoming 2018 horror movies.

Liv’s Prediction:

First of all, I disagree that ‘The Miracle Season’ will crash at the box office. Coming from the director of  ‘Soul Surfer’, Sean McNamara, I think the film has a clear knowledge of who its audience is and will definitely appeal to the teenage girl crowd.

Although I love Joaquin Phoenix, I don’t see his new thriller ‘You Were Never Really Here’ being a hit at the box office. I do, however, see it being widely respected among film lovers. On the other hand, ‘Lean on Pete’ could do quite well. People love films about horses and this seems to be the one that would even reach an indie audience.

‘Blockers’ will do just fine at the box office. It’s a comedy with the widely loved John Cena. ‘Nuff said. However, the new thriller ‘A Quiet Place’ is going to be a huge hit considering how much coverage it has gotten (Go Marketing!) and that it has Jim from ‘The Office’.

Film Forecast Friday: March 30th

By Olivia Norwood and Anthony Peyton

On Friday, March 30th, we have….

  1. Ready Player One
  2. God’s Not Dead: Light in Darkness
  3. Tyler Perry’s Acrimony
  4. Caught
  5. Fourplay
  6. Gemini

Liv’s Prediction:

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One will be the biggest film of the weekend, hands down! It’s a big Hollywood movie with special effects like you wouldn’t believe, so it will easily be superior to the rest.

The second biggest film would have to be Tyler Perry’s Acrimony. This is mostly because it’s Tyler Perry and stars Empire’s widely adored Taraji P. Henson. That is a recipe for a box office hit. As for the third installment of God’s Not Dead, I don’t expect much attendance for it. In fact, I think it will crash. It’s not highly anticipated nor does anyone really know about the series itself. Therefore, I don’t see it going anywhere.

As for the indies, only one seems to grasp any type of attention from an average moviegoer. That film is NEON’s Gemini starring the lovely Zoë Kravitz and daring Lola Kirke. The only reason I think that this thriller will do any numbers at the box office is because of the edge factor and that it came from NEON, the production company of Oscar snub I, Tonya. It’s also a story about two beautiful women where one of them could be a murderer. Thoroughbreds, much? I won’t even bother mentioning the other two, Caught and Fourplay, because it has no appeal and no one is anticipating them.

Just know that Ready Player One will dominate at the box office and God’s Not Dead will fall into oblivion like the rest of the films in its series.

Anthony’s Prediction:

Caught has the potential of becoming popular with indie film fans. It has an intriguing story and I am curious on how they’ll go about it. Box office wise… not a hit. This isn’t a major picture that’s going to be rewatched multiple times by the regular moviegoer, but it won’t be awful. As for Gemini, this will also be enjoyed by the indie moviegoer, as many NEON films are. It’ll probably be rated about as well as Caught, if not slightly higher as it has a younger target audience.

Tyler Perry’s Acrimony will be adored by women over the age of 30, as that is its target audience. It won’t fail at the box office but it certainly won’t be the biggest hit, either. However, it does deserve props for filming in a period of eight days. I have confidence that it will be a decent movie if Taraji P. Henson has anything to say about it.

Fourplay and God’s Not Dead: Light in Darkness will be the biggest crashes of the weekend. Fourplay in itself sounds like an already-been-done-before monotone story that won’t be of much interest to the moviegoer who wants to be intrigued by the film they are watching. God’s Not Dead: Light in Darkness has just run its course. This will be its third movie and, given that Christian viewers didn’t even love the first two that much anyway, is on an inevitable path to catastrophe.

The biggest movie of the weekend will be the highly anticipated Ready Player One based on a book of the same title by Ernest Cline. People who have read the book – and those who haven’t – are fascinated by the unique story that this movie is revolving around and, as a result, will be watched by a large audience. This will be the box office’s biggest hit for the weekend of March 30, and that is a fact.