Once upon a time... there was a thing that happened in Hollywood with a not so happy ending. Several years later, a director named Quentin Tarantino imagined a funny little way to change history.
Gary Oldman finally secured his long overdue Best Actor award for his portrayal of Britain's war-time leader. But Benjamin Cox can't help but wonder if the film has as much to say about politics in Britain today.
Not normally a fan of real-life-based films, Benjamin Cox finds his interest piqued by the first decent film about Formula One. Can Ron Howard do for motor racing what 'Apollo 13' did for space flight?
Lighthearted and inspiring, Donnie Yen's turn as a first time teacher with a troubled past is a positive and different turn for the Chinese superstar. The action is great and the drama masterfully plucks your heartstrings. Big Brother is mostly a grand slam that is well worth seeing.
The 25 best romantic movies are films about love, loss, and forgiveness. Watch one with your sweetheart or best friend.
Are you looking for movies like The Fault in Our Stars? You've landed on a perfect spot. Let's take a look at some similar films.
Besides the British film adaption of 'Pride and Prejudice,' there have been many movies over the years that have had similar stories. You may not have heard of them all, here are seven to consider.
The Silent Child is a short film released in 2017, which won an Academy Award for it's excellent and moving portrayal of a young deaf child who is affected greatly by sign language. This film raises awareness for the importance of sign language in schools - very important film!
1997's mega blockbuster hit Titanic took audiences and critics by storm, achieving both major critical and commercial success. It helped launched the careers of its star-crossed lovers leads, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. Let's take a look at some fascinating facts about the beloved hit film.
Having recently declared "The Wrestler" as the best pro-wrestling movie in history, it's time for Benjamin Cox to examine the credentials of the Number One Contender. Fight!
Elijah Bynum's writing and directorial debut is part Scarface, part Saved by the Bell, and part The Social Network but it does little to establish any sort of identity of its own. At least Timothée Chalamet got to raid Steve from Blue's Clues closet before filming began.
Detroit is an excruciating two and a half hours, but John Boyega, Will Poulter, and Algee Smith make the experience worthwhile.
Guy Ritchie returns with a unique retelling of King Arthur, starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law. Will it be a legendary return to the screen for the King? Or is this legend destined to be forgotten?
The critically acclaimed and box office hit Forrest Gump was released on July 6, 1994. It earned a whopping $677 million and earned 6 Oscars, including Best Actor for Tom Hanks. In honor of its 25th anniversary, let's take a look at some heartwarming facts about the treasured film.
The Young Victoria, a 2008 film directed by Jean-Marc Valle and starring Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, and Paul Bettany, tells the story of Victoria’s ascent to the throne. The movie gives a brief depiction of Victoria’s early life and her hatred of the Kensington system, a strict set of rules placed on her by her mother and her mother’s advisor, Sir John Conroy, but the movie primarily focuses on the events that take place between 1836 and 1840, chronicling Victoria’s rise to the throne, early re
One of the most legendary and iconic movies in history, "Casablanca" remains one of the best after all this time. Benjamin Cox takes a look at what makes this unforgettable film so good.
One woman whose faith guided her footsteps to a lifetime of service far from home. This is the story of Gladys Aylward, a missionary to China.
A South Korean period drama taking place in 1925. Directed by Park Hoon-jung (New World) and starring Choi Min-sik (Oldboy, Lucy). Distributed by Well Go USA.
TNT's dramatization of the birth of Microsoft and Apple follows the lives of Jobs and Gates as they set to change the world forever while trying to "destroy" each other.
Candy is decent movie about a poett with a 'creative lifestyle' that includes love for heroin. In the mix is a love story or maybe more precise a relationship filled with despair, addiction and romance.
At long last, the time has come! HBO's Deadwood: The Movie has finally arrived. And here are the best parts that really blew us away.
Francis Ford Coppola has struggled to escape the legacy of 'The Godfather' but is it really as good as they say it is? Benjamin Cox is gonna write you a review you can't refuse.
Just a couple of years after its publication, Harper Lee's classic novel was adapted into a timeless film, one which would captivate audiences for generations. Benjamin Cox takes a fond look back.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Tolkien” starring Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Harry Gilby, and more!
'Adaptation' is a film about the difficulty of adapting a challenging book into a film. Nicholas Cage plays a screen writer in his struggles to adapt a book with no real story into a work of cinema.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile has had the true crime community buzzing since news of the film was first announced, but now that it has been released, does it live up to our expectations?
The film is rather a concise version that makes no judgement against anyone. It should be noted that although the version that the film offers is quite attached to reality, it is not a documentary but a recreation of what happened that manages to stick to the story's core.
The sad, sincere ballad of James Fogle. Matt Dillon plays the leader of a gang of drug addicts. This movie broke necessary ground for later drug addiction movies like Requiem for a Dream and Trainspotting.
Twenty-five years after its initial release, this film still remains one of the most beloved movies of its generation. Why is that? Benjamin Cox digs deep to uncover Shawshank's secrets.
A Star is Born has on of the most important messages in recent film history. In this article, I will break down the ending and discuss not only the heartbreak but also the message it leaves.
A recently widowed wife raising her daughter alone has come to a crisis of faith when she hits a financial struggle to keep her home. She also meets a race car driver that tries to date her.
Are you looking for movies like Dear John? You've landed on a perfect spot. Let's take a look at some of the similar movies.
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For more than thirty years, the John Hughes canon has served as the paragon of teen movies. Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, and the rest may not have been perfect (let’s face it─The Breakfast Club...
The film that launched Orson Welles' career and instantly become a classic, this is frequently cited as one of the greatest movies ever. Benjamin Cox is certainly impressed.
The sensual decadence of a millenial yuppie. Man's materialist desire is probably at or near its peak now. Addiction is rampant in today's society. Here we have an intimate look at sexual desire going to extremes.
This is a non-spoiler review of “All the Money in the World” starring Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, and more!
“I hate anyone that isn’t white Protestant,” begins Danny Vinyard, his words permeating into the humid VeniceBeach air, drawing explicit amens from his overweight Nazi friend whose mitt of a hand captures his speech with a recorder....
Here's a list of movies like The Perks of Being a Wallflower that reflect the struggles and adventures of young adolescence.
This is a short review of the underrated film The Door in the Floor. It is an absolute rarity that the film is seen or discussed. The story tells the story of the destruction of the Crane marriage.
The year 2015 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the timeless classic, The Sound of Music. This article explores the values embodied in this beloved film that contribute to its epic popularity.
This is a non-spoiler review of “I, Tonya” starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, and more!
A review of At Eternity's Gate, the 2018 film about Vincent van Gogh's last year and a half in Arles, France. Van Gogh is brilliantly played by Willem Dafoe.
Spun is another movie about meth addiction. It tries to have an even more flashy aesthetic than Requiem for a Dream, which combined with its more comic moments also makes it lighter to swallow. It's still much about lowlife, high speed drug addiction, but less of the horrible drama.
Battle of the Sexes shows both how much and how little progress we've actually made in equal rights, but does so while being fun and avoiding being preachy or heavy handed.
The South Korean action thriller "Tunnel" starring Ha Jung-woo, Doona Bae, and Oh Dal-su is currently playing in a limited theatrical run across the country. http://www.wellgousa.com/theatrical/tunnel
Abby Johnson realizes the true horrors of Planned Parenthood. What she sees... changes everything. Supposedly. *WARNING* There is some graphic imagery displayed within this article pertaining to certain scenes that occur in the movie involving abortions. You have been warned.
Some movies have that “Oscar bait” air about them—triumphant, uplifting, and powerful biopics of groundbreaking people who fought for human rights and made the world a better place through an unending struggle. And after viewing the trailer, it was very easy to imagine putting the Ruth Bader ...
Quentin Tarantino has always worn his love for vintage Hollywood on his sleeve, and his penultimate film is his ultimate postcard. From the opening shots of a PanAm 747 landing at LAX in 1969 to the individual authentic props that dot the film from start to finish, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ...
A car crash made me blind and all I learned was how to be a sleazy scumbug in four different countries. Starring Ryan Reynolds' wife and the guy that was John Connor in the worst Terminator ever.
Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece Citizen Kane is often credited by film scholars, historians, and reviewers as the best film ever made.
The movie, A Room With a View (James Ivory, 1986) is a narrative of tensions between opposing forces; masculine and feminine, fixity and freedom, indoors and outdoors, looking and being observed. In spite of its happy ending, I detect a current of darkness underneath an otherwise sparkling narrative
A case study of the postmodern romantic comedy '(500) Days of Summer' and its peculiar narrative that subverts the conventions of the genre.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Hell or High Water” starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, and more!
If you've seen Colin Trevorrow's previous films and you've thought that you desired more of a giant sweaty bowl of dog turds, then look no further than The Book of Henry.
No, stop it! I know what you're thinking! This is just a film for the Dirty Mac brigade, isn't it? Well, as it turns out, Benjamin Cox thinks its ideal audience is actually another demographic - insomniacs.
There have been many films about Vietnam and the war, but only a few are truly great films. Here's a list of the absolute best.
Traffic tells a serious story about people and drugs at the start of the new millenium. Multiple dramatic storylines converging to a mix between despair and hope. Hope for people and the overall feeling that the war on drugs is indeed a lost cause.
Searching for movies like Friends With Benefits? Check out this list and watch more romantic comedy movies!
The Godfather and its sequel The Godfather II has become a part of American culture. The Godfather quotes enrich our language and travel from film to film as an homage to the original screenplays. This articles reviews some of the greatest Godfather quotes along with the movie clips.
This is a non-spoiler review of "Tulip Fever" starring Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz, and more!
Scorsese's original Mafia picture takes the fight to Francis Ford Coppola and manages to last the distance. Benjamin Cox takes a look back at a film that is still setting the standard for gangster films after all these years.
When a drug addicted and alcoholic musician, Jackson Maine, discovers an up and coming singer, Ally, in a bar one night, he finds a rekindled passion in his music as they slowly fall for one another. From there, he must battle his own demons while she becomes a star on the rise.
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Are you heartbroken? Are you stressed to the max? Here are 10 films that were designed to make you bawl your eyes out!
This film is Hugh Jackman's 7 year labor of love and man, was it worth the wait! This fast paced mover and shaker should've taken an Oscar. Like one of the film's musical scores declares, "This is the greatest show!" I'll tell you why.
Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet was controversial for its depiction of teen violence in a modern world rife with gang warfare and school shootings. The film does not trivialize or sensationalize violence, but rather shows the tragic consequences of such behavior.
Combining his secret admiration for pro wrestling with movies, this is the film where Mickey Rourke demonstrated his wasted potential as a genuine Hollywood genius. Benjamin Cox gets his hair wet and prepares to blade.
Assuming you haven't already, this innovative and inventive crime drama remains one of modern cinema's very best films. It also happens to be one of Benjamin Cox's absolute favourites...
One of the challenges of moving Shakespeare's tragedy Othello to a high school setting is that modern audiences cannot ignore the horrors of school shootings like Columbine. By "teening down" Othello, Tim Blake Nelson explores the sensitive topics of youth violence, sex, and drug use.
What could have been a very basic film about love and fortitude is an unusually timid story that embraces subtlety and makes louder statements with what’s not being said rather than what actually is.
The film Amadeus went on to win the Best Picture Oscar for 1984. But is it historically accurate? This article examines the historical inaccuracies and creative license taken in the film.
This charming and wonderfully old-fashioned movie harks back to the golden age of Hollywood and the battle between silent and sound films. Benjamin Cox can't keep being quiet about this largely silent smash for too long.
An argument against adherence to the intentional fallacy in film analysis, specifically analysis of 'Raging Bull' (1980).
I review the Queen biopic film, "Bohemian Rhapsody", which was released in theaters on November 2, 2018. It stars Rami Malek and features the rise of one of the most popular rock bands of all time.
Once upon a time... there was an evil S.O.B. of the 1970s that savagely mutilated and murdered several women. Could it have been this seemingly innocent and charming young Ted Bundy fella? Nah! Probably not. Never even heard that name before. Sounds like a cool guy to me.
Only when you're driving! Otherwise, you might think twice about dipping your toes into this downbeat, bleak offering about the apocalypse. Benjamin Cox tries to look on the bright side.
MercyMe's Bart Millard's life is not a happy one, he found his escape in Christian music and learned to forgive his abusive father after he became a Christian and became the inspiration for the song "I Can Only Imagine." Is this movie worth our time even if you aren't a Christian? Let's find out!
The film Twelve Angry Men (1957) is full of conflict. Let's examine how each conflict is managed, which conflicts are resolved and how, along with the effects each confrontation causes in the film.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Burn Your Maps” starring Jacob Tremblay, Vera Farmiga, Marton Csokas, and more!
Analysis of the 2016 musical "La La Land" through the critical lenses of ideology, Marxism, and feminism, focusing largely on the film's economic and gendered messages relative to professional ambition, the arts, and the entertainment industry.
"White Boy Rick" is just a teenage boy growing up in the suburbs of Detroit during the 1980s. He works for his dad in a questionable career of selling guns when one day the FBI sees an opportunity to use Rick in order to bring down the drug gangs that flooded the streets at the time.
Drugs are bad!: the musical. This film has style, a great score, excellent flow and dramatic plot. Watch Requiem for a Dream if you want to see the exaggerated downside of the drug story with hectic visuals.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Fighting with My Family” starring Florence Pugh, Jack Lowden, Nick Frost, and more!
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest has Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito cast in excellent roles, do you need to know more? Who is the sane person in a society clearly insane? In the end you abide by the rules enforced by power or the world will eat you up.
An unusual type of film for Christopher Nolan as his films are epic in length and driven by dialogue. Using body language and shots to do the storytelling, Nolan demonstrates impressive versatility.
With a limited theatrical run in 2019, Donnybrook premiered at TIFF 2018 and played at Fantastic Fest the same year. Tim Sutton's drama film is a brutal experience with a hazy message about a twisted version of America that may be more true than we're willing to admit.
In the fall of 2004 former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler released his fourth solo album, the well-reviewed but ultimately-ignored Shangri-La. Its first single was a quirky little pop song ...
A psychological interpretation of The Godfather Waltz. The trumpet is The Godfather. Analysing why The Godfather Waltz is the most dangerous of dances.
This is a non-spoiler review of “The Upside” starting Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, and more!
Barry Jenkins employs a subtle device to reflect what is happening on the screen; the use of color. He tells the story of Chiron visually, as well as through dialogue.
One of Stanley Kubrick's masterpieces. Just watch this violent cinematic experience, there is nothing I can say that does it justice.
Teaching movies inspire us because they are about bringing out the best in people. Teachers watch and are inspired to keep going. Others watch and think of their favourite educator.
Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man is a commentary on the dualities of living-life and death, Christian and pagan, and technology and nature-while deconstructing the preconceived notions of them.
I know we're not supposed to talk about this film but dammit, Benjamin Cox can at least tell you just how good it is! Hopefully, without giving too much away...
The Oscar-winning film, American Beauty (1999), brought the philosophical idea of existentialism to mainstream audiences. The film explores key components such as death and isolation.
Arguably the most famous film in history, "Gone With The Wind" is a challenging movie in length and subject matter. Benjamin Cox looks back at the original blockbuster and feels a bit uncomfortable.
When an unknown entity creates a global epidemic that drives people insane and forces most to commit suicide, the survivors must fend for themselves. The only way to stay alive is by not looking at the beings that are causing this apocalyptic event to occur, essentially making the whole world blind.
Shug Avery, a character in Steven Spielberg's 1985 American drama The Color Purple, is perceived as a woman of the world who loves to dress, party, and sport men. After hearing God speak through a song, she changes.
All seems to be going well for Adonis Creed after his fight with 'Pretty' Ricky Conlan; his boxing career is flourishing and his makeshift family seems closer together than ever. Until Ivan Drago and his son Viktor come to America to challenge Adonis, causing a whirlwind of conflict for everyone.
The early gangster movies set the standard for all the great gangster movies that have followed. Several gangster related films were produced during the silent era of cinema.
It’s a story of a woman’s struggle, her choices and her priorities. It’s a mother-child story, a story of love, forgiveness, and acceptance.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Wakefield” starring Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Victoria Bruno, and more!
Below I discuss my 28-year-old take on the book and movie, "The Fault in Our Stars" and try to explain why it is different from other stories for teens.
Come with me as I look back at Madonna's most controversial film, the infamous sex thriller known as Body Of Evidence...
Another attempt at converting Erich Maria Remarque classic war novel to cinema. Although in color and more recent, it doesn't live up to our expectations.
The film adaptation of Jane Eyre by Cary Fukunaga devotes as much attention to the gothic aspects of the novel as it does the romance. Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender deliver passionate and tender performances as Jane and Edward Rochester.
As World Cup fever sweeps the nation or something, Benjamin Cox comes off the bench to look at one of the strangest mash-up ideas ever put forward for a film. Where did he put his red card?
Hearts Beat Loud had its premiere at Sundance back in January of 2018 and played again at SXSW in March. It is currently set for a limited June 8, 2018 release in New York and Los Angeles. It played in Houston as part of Movie Hullabaloo at Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park on Saturday, April 14.
Some time has passed after the events of the first movie and Grindlewald has escaped and wishes to continue his plan to use young and confused wizard Credence in order to propel his plans for a pure blood wizarding world. It is up to Newt Scamander and his friends to stop him.
This is an analysis of the movie "Never Let Me Go." Meaning in the movie "Never Let Me Go." "Never Let Me Go" movie analysis. "Never Let Me Go" movie meaning.
This is an analysis of the short 1994 film 'Emilie Muller'. It is a mystery drama that has a brilliant twist at the end. Watch the film before you read this! There is a link to the film below!
Described by one critic as the Citizen Kane of bad movies, can this film really live up to its wretched reputation or is it much, much worse? Benjamin Cox suddenly regrets being a critic himself.
Casablanca is considered by some experts as Hollywood's greatest movie. The Casablanca cast excelled in their parts and the Warner Brothers movie won the Best Picture Academy Award in 1944. Here are some fun bits and pieces of trivia and behind-the-scene shenanigans from the filming of the movie.
Six heartwarming and heartbreaking romantic movies similar to the tear-jerking blockbuster, "Titanic."
Nat Turner was a slave, preacher, and leader of a bloody uprising in 1831. The Birth of a Nation is based on Turner's tale and directed and starring Nate Parker in the title role.
Huang Bo's comedy-drama is probably about 60% of what you're expecting and 40% unique. Humanity is capable of sinister things when faced with desperation. Survival instincts kick in as morality is replaced with sheer desire and greed.
This analysis of Frank Darabont's film 'The Green Mile' taken from Stephen King's book explores the symbols that pertain to the allegorical meaning of the Christian tradition.
How the movie "Titanic" empowers women. Women's empowerment. Titanic meaning and analysis. Psychological analysis of Titanic movie. Feminist analysis of Titanic movie. Rose deWittbukater.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Molly’s Game” starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, and more!
Do you need a good pep talk? Sports movies have been giving us some of the best motivational speeches since the beginning of time. Here are 10 pep talks that encourage you to fight, persevere and always, always remain true to yourself.
It is a Sicilian message that means “Seth Tomko is comparing how Vito and Michael conduct themselves as Dons in The Godfather movies.”
Alfonso Cuarón's dreamy Latino road-trip oozes warmth, sexuality and passion. Benjamin Cox examines the film and sees several parallels with his later, more successful film 'Roma'.
Not to be confused with the 2014 documentary about Roger Ebert. This is the story of life itself with all the twists and turns that occurs within it, as well as the effects it holds on loved ones from one generation onto the next. Life... uhh uhh... finds a way. Que the Jurassic Park theme!
Hundreds of actresses were considered for the role of Scarlett O'Hara as producers wanted a believable Gone With The Wind movie cast. Here are eight actresses from Hollywood's golden years who tried.
The ultimate chick-flick, Dirty Dancing has plenty going for it - even for male viewers! Benjamin Cox takes to the floor and peeks underneath its skirt...
My analysis after looking at this film again as an adult, like most people my age with nothing better to do.
Director Gus Van Sant's first film in three years is based on the life and tribulations of a quadriplegic alcoholic and cartoonist named John Callahan. Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Jack Black, and Rooney Mara help make this one of the most powerful and moving films of the year.
Even in a world where last November’s outstanding (and identically-plotted) Widows didn’t exist, it would be nearly impossible for anyone to justify the existence of a mess like writer-director Andrea Berloff’s lame, blood-soaked The Kitchen. Based on the 2014 DC comic series (though played as a ...
When a shy young girl, Kayla Day, reaches her last week of eighth grade, she goes through her own personal odyssey of self-discovery amidst preparing for high school while dealing with her own anxieties.
Director Albert Hughes’ Alpha has bounced around more times than a Superball in a dryer—never a good sign. Initially set for release last fall, the film was postponed six months to this past March, then to September, and now here we are in August. Since it’s normally a sure sign that something is...
Hugh Jackman exchanges his claws for a top hat and cane, as he impresses in this epic musical with extraordinary songs and production design but an overfilled and somewhat shallow story.
Christopher Nolan further solidifies his title as one of the best directors working today, delivering another cinematic memento while Harry Styles and Fionn Whitehead impress on their debuts.
A little-known film from a country not known for producing global blockbusters, Nam Ron's crime drama One Two Jaga demonstrates that quality filmmaking can bloom in Malaysia despite its lack of commercial success or local conventionalism.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Outlaw King” starring Chris Pine, Stephen Dillane, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and more!
Find the perfect twin flame or soulmate movie to watch tonight with someone special or just on a treat-yourself evening in. Here are the best romantic movies of all time (according to me!)
A look at Michael Corleone, the main protagonist in Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola's classics. Michael's downfall is examined psychologically, as well as why Kay was so important to him.
Quentin Tarantino returns with a film about the 1960s, dancing, a washed up actor, dancing, a stuntman turned chauffeur, dancing, Charles Manson, dancing, hitchhiking, and some more dancing. It's long, it's wordy, and one of the highlights is Brad Pitt talking to a dog.