Film Forecast Friday: September 14

No podcast this week for the Film Forecast, but we do got a post for ya! September 14, 2018 has some very interesting movies coming out.

We have…

  1. A Simple Favor
  2. The Predator
  3. Unbroken: Path to Redemption
  4. White Boy Rick
  5. Lizzie

Anthony’s Opinion:

I think this week has some good movies that have been talked about pretty often lately. Specifically The Predator and A Simple Favor. The Predator is a highly anticipated remake/sequel (?) to the classic franchise. Chances are, it’ll make the most at the box office this weekend. This doesn’t mean it’s going to be the best movie, but it will probably make the most money.

A Simple Favor is a movie I’ve been looking forward to for ages now. It’s starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively as two very different woman, but it has a very intriguing plotline I’m excited to see pan out. It’ll make the second most at box this week, behind The Predator.

The next three movies (Unbroken: Path to Redemption, White Boy Rick, and Lizzie) won’t make big – if any – impressions at box his weekend. However, I will say I’m incredibly excited for White Boy Rick, as it looks like it has potential to be a good movie. Lizzie is starring Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart and tells yet another story of the infamous Lizzie Borden.

Olivia’s Opinion:

Listen. The Predator looks like crap. Will it stop people from seeing it? Unfortunately, no. I want it to tank but it won’t so that is the reality that we (mostly me) are living through.

The new Blake Lively film A Simple Favor is one film that I am excited to see. With costars such as Anna Kendrick and Henry Golding, I expect a huge turnout for this sexy mystery and I expect to see Henry Golding shirtless again. So, that’s a big thumbs up from me.

As for the lesbian drama that no one expected Lizzie, I think this might garner a lot of attention from the indie following. It stars Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart and maybe their acting will finally be seen as serious with this new thriller after their past few unnoticed films.

As for Matthew McConaughey’s White Boy Rick (which reminds me a lot of Johnny Depp’s Blow), I think this will be a box office hit. Not necessarily as big as other films like A Simple Favor or The Predator. More on the box office status of other 2018 films like BlacKkKlansman or Eighth Grade. 

Overall, The Predator is taking home big money this weekend. Big money from a big YIKES movie. Let’s go shirtless Henry Golding for A Simple Favor!

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Surviving ‘Apocalypse’: Top Ten ‘American Horror Story: Murder House’ and ‘Coven’ Characters

American Horror Story: Apocalypse only aired last night and it’s setting us all on edge. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are obviously going back to their roots with this sinister, almost comical representation of the apocalypse. While we endure the agonizing wait until next Wednesday, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 Murder House and Coven characters.

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10. Moira

Murder House‘s Moira made #10 on this list for being such an anchor point of her season. I can’t imagine Murder House without picturing Young Moira being murdered by the beloved Constance, or without picturing Ben seeing Young Moira in several, uh, compromising positions. Beyond that, what would season 1 have been in Frances Conroy’s Moira wasn’t bonding over Vivien and protecting the house from all evil – in or outside the boundaries.

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9. Vivien

Vivien was another anchor of the first season of American Horror Story. Granted, she was also the one with the most issues. I mean, she *SPOILER* (but if you haven’t seen Murder House, then get to it) gave birth to the damn antichrist and was raped by an angry spirit. Now THAT’S some emotional baggage. Vivien was someone who I loved watching on screen, no matter what storyline she was stuck in. I’m serious, the number of happy moments that woman has is, like, zero.

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8. Zoe

Seeing Taissa Farmiga for the first time since Murder House was absolutely life-changing the first time I saw her as Zoe. Zoe Benson was one of the several coven witches from Coven that we very quickly came to love. She was a powerful witch, even if she didn’t always look it at times. We loved watching her bond with the rest of the coven and her franken-boyfriend Kyle. Zoe proved to be a kindred soul that only wants the best for her coven and the people who care most about her. Who cares if that means having several threesomes with a boyfriend stealing b*tch?

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7. Marie

Based on the real life “Voodoo Queen of New Orleans”, Marie Laveau added a touch of history to the third installment, Coven, as well as a new fanbase for the legend. Portrayed by Angela Bassett, we introduced to a new story and a new persona that many in New Orleans would question if it weren’t done so eloquently. Not only is Marie the Queen of Voodoo but she’s also an immortal bad bitch hair stylist who got reparations by giving her racist enemy, Delphine, an immortal life- in a coffin below the city of New Orleans. She gets revenge in the sweetest way and never gives pity apologies to the ones she’s hurt (let’s be honest, they probably deserve it). A Queen in her own right.

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6. Constance

Constance from Murder House snagged the #6 on the list for proving that as long as you’re confident enough, you don’t need to be scared of no ghost. Although most of her children are suffering very severe consequences for their actions, Constance remains strong. She has moments of fragility, which are usually cleared up pretty fast by medium Billie Dean Howard and her spiritual guidance. She is the mother of Tate and knows about every single spirit in Murder House. Even with this overwhelming knowledge, she survives and remain the one that all the spirits are scared of. Mess with her and you’ll suffer the same consequences as those before.

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5. Cordelia

This whole paragraph is about to be spoilers, so avoid reading this one unless you’ve watched the almighty season of Coven. When we meet Cordelia, she is quite fragile while being one of the strongest witches in the coven. She’s a mentor and a guide, and keeps her calm at all times. She literally blinds herself just because she cares more about the coven than she cares about herself, just to find out she’s a little more powerful than she imagined. When I think about the fact that this queen is about to be in Apocalypse, I internally scream. Cordelia is a witch of power and a witch of ultimate love and gratification, the supreme anchor of the coven. Screw top 10 of Murder House and Coven, she’s in the top ten of all time.

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4. Violet

What would Murder House be if Violet, the moody teenager, wasn’t there to fall in and out of love with the ghost of a mass murderer? Well, we would have to find a love story in Ben and Vivien because Violet and Tate were the original OTP (one true pairing) of American Horror Story. Not only is Violet lovestruck but she’s also the slightly gothic character in all of us. As a teenaged viewer, you could relate to Violet’s inner struggles which included depression and thoughts of suicide. She’s goes through all of the things that teenagers go through with the added bonus of living in a haunted house inhabiting ghosts that want you dead like them while your parents are on the verge of divorce. Despite her unfortunate ending, I think we can all give Violet a medal for putting up with that much trauma and drama at 16 years old.

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3. Misty

The Swamp Witch who’s a mega-fan of the infamous White Witch Stevie Nicks. Misty is second to Cordelia as the sweetest and most morally disciplined character in Coven. This is due to the fact that her special power is bringing people and animals back to life. She has a love and appreciation for life and nature that can sometimes get in the way of her progression in magic but, she’d rather die before killing another living things. Which is admirable and melancholic at the same time. Aside from having an interesting hippie style, Misty is one of those characters that we love for her heart and not just her icon status.

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2. Tate

Look, people have very mixed opinions about Tate. Let me get this out of the way right now and say that I definitely think Tate is an awful person. It’s not a debate whether or not he was a good person when he shot up a school, but from a character standpoint, he’s splendid. So splendid, in fact, that he made #2 on this list. Tate Langdon is a classic American Horror Story character for all sorts of reasons. First of all, him and Violet’s relationship was one of the first couples in the series that I actually wanted to happen. Even if they do seem slightly – very – toxic. They were still cute. There were also times in season 1 where you really just felt for Tate. The times when he forgot he was a mass shooter and a total serial killer and just surfaced the fragile loving side of himself. If you want to push it even further, his son just so happens to be one of the main characters of Apocalypse

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1. Fiona

All hail the Supreme. Don’t disrespect her, don’t try to dismiss her, only love her with your entire being. If you don’t, she will gladly kill you and destroy your body. Fiona Goode is the definition of iconic. She has some of the MOST quotable lines in the series and some of the most memorable moments. Most people, if they were given the honor of becoming the Supreme, would end up just like Fiona. She cared purely for herself, not for anyone else. So much so that she actually did end up killing someone out of fear that she was being run out. She barely cared about her daughter, but occasionally you would see that side poke through. She absolutely never gave up on anything, not until her dying breath. She became the queen of AHS, and even in a world of amazing Jessica Lange characters, Fiona Goode remains at the top of the list. Power is a dream that most can never receive, but Fiona Goode remains the baddest witch in town.

100th Day of BFS: The Best and Worst of 2018

To celebrate the 100th day of Basement Film Society, we’ve decided to take (nearly) every single movie that’s come out this year and put them in a list of top 10 and bottom 10.

The lists are based on the ratings that they have been given in our reviews. Percentages will be included in this post, as well. 

Anyways, let’s get started and thank you so much for joining us in our 100 day celebration! We cannot wait for 100 more!

Top 10 Best Movies… so far.

  1. First Reformed (98%)
  2. Hereditary (98%)
  3. Won’t You Be My Neighbor (96%)
  4. You Were Never Really Here (96%)
  5. Tully (96%)
  6. Adrift (95%)
  7. American Animals (94%) 
  8. Game Night (93.7%)
  9. Incredibles 2 (93%)
  10. Veronica (93%)

Top 10 Worst Movies… so far.

  1. 7 Days in Entebbe (56%)
  2. Overboard (53%)
  3. Red Sparrow (50%)
  4. Super Troopers 2 (46%)
  5. Taco Shop (39.4%)
  6. Truth or Dare (36%)
  7. Step Sisters (35%)
  8. Tyler Perry’s Acrimony (33%)
  9. The Week Of (19%)
  10. The Kissing Booth (18%)

 

‘Walk the Line’: Music, Addiction, and Forbidden Love

By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Julia Wilson

For today’s Time Warp Tuesday, we will be taking a look at one of the greatest musical biopics of all time (and my favorite film) Walk the Line.

The film follows the ‘Man in Black’ musician, Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix), and his musical career. Along the way, he finds love in his childhood crush and longtime singing partner June Carter Cash (Reese Witherspoon) but with the highs comes the lows. The audience is exposed to Johnny’s demons and faults. We learn about his battle with drugs and alcohol and his affair with June despite being married to his wife Vivian (Ginnifer Goodwin). He suddenly becomes his own villain and becomes stuck in a cycle of addiction and infidelity.

Walk the Line went on to win multiple awards including Best Actress at the Academy Awards. What made this film so great was, in fact, the acting. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon quite literally embodied the souls of Johnny and June Cash. It’s almost like watching a documentary of the famous duo because of the actors’ nearly identical performances. When someone, with hardly any musical experience, can replicate every voice inflection, facial expression, and body movement of a famous musician’s performance then I think it goes without saying that they deserve the highest praise possible.

Along with the musical talent they possess, Phoenix and Witherspoon’s chemistry is both undeniable and honest. Johnny and June had an intense bond that caused him to lose control and hurt June and Johnny’s wife Vivian in the process. This flawed love story is portrayed with the same fierceness it possessed without watering down the moral imperfections. It isn’t the ideal romance that you see in most films, but this also is not a romance – it’s a drama. And that genre leaves all of the ugly parts in.

One of those ugly parts is Johnny’s drug addiction, and the performance that Phoenix gives is too good to not give an Oscar to. As I said before, Johnny becomes the villain in a story where he was the protagonist and his rehabilitation isn’t a pretty one. But Phoenix’s transition between all of them were nearly flawless, and he was able to portray one’s real experience of addiction. He showed the dark side of a man who was once on the top of the mountain and suddenly fell into his own personal hell. (I’m sure you thought I’d make a ‘Ring of Fire’ pun, but that’d be way out of context)

Walk the Line is one of those movies that will never leave your mind after one watch and questions whether fame and fortune is worth the hurt.

Ethan Hawke Transcends and Derails in ‘First Reformed’

By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Julia Wilson

So far this year filmmakers and actors have already brought us Oscar potential films and performances. First Reformed is that film and its star, Ethan Hawke, gave that performance. However, the story is what really draws an audience member in.

Hawke portrays Toller, the reverend of an old, overshadowed church, First Reformed. Dealing with issues of his own (alcoholism and cancer) he’s asked by churchgoer Mary (Amanda Seyfried) to speak to her radical, environmentalist husband Michael (Philip Ettinger) who becomes paranoid when Mary announces her pregnancy.

As he begins counseling him, Toller forms an obsession with climate, pollution, global warming, and other widely feared environmental dangers while questioning himself, his faith, and his ethics. It’s a period of transcendence for the reverend that progressively overtakes him and devolves into something more – something much darker.

Christian symbolism plays a large part in First Reformed considering religion is the entire basis for the plot. Not only does writer and director Paul Schrader highlight the most widely worshipped symbols from the Bible, but he also brings the most gruesome ones. Between a pregnant woman named Mary and Toller wrapping his bare body in barbed wire (Jesus in thorns), Schrader made sure we’d have those crystallized images embedded in our brains.

Throughout the film, Toller keeps a diary to express his thoughts and feelings (as most people do), but it also shows the inner workings of his mind and how different it is to his outer self. He’s calm, timorous, and small on the outside, while being meticulous and self-deprecating on the inside. The reserved and religious man worries himself with ailments of others and the world instead of the well-being of his own. He even plots to sacrifice himself via suicide vest in order to “save” others with the exception of destroying a few lives to do so.

The portrayal of this character is so sincere that by the end, Hawke isn’t just “playing” Rev. Toller. He is Rev. Toller.

First Reformed leaves the audience intrigued and rattled with its daunting performances and story that it’s nearly impossible to comprehend how one can create such a masterpiece.


My Rating: 98%

Acting: 4/4

Cinematography: 4/4

Story: 4/4

Enjoyability: 3.7/4