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.
My analysis after looking at this film again as an adult, like most people my age with nothing better to do.
Director Jason Reitman, writer Diablo Cody, and actress Charlize Theron reunite for a comedy-drama about motherhood that is scary, real, and hilarious.
Makings of a love story. Makings of an epic love story. Epic love story characteristics. Epic love story elements. Elements of an epic love story. Epic love story. Epic love stories. Love stories.
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.
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.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Outlaw King” starring Chris Pine, Stephen Dillane, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and more!
Angela Robinson writes and directs this intimate and open-minded interpretation of the Wonder Woman creator, containing a rare approach to love, as well as a standout performance from Rebecca Hall.
The story of the legendarily praised band Queen and its lead singer Freddy Mercury... which seems to be relatively generic.
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.
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'.
This year one of the greatest romantic dramas of all time, The Notebook, will be celebrating its 15th anniversary. The film that had moviegoers dreaming of a love like Allie and Noah's has since become an iconic romance staple. Here is a list of 20 captivating facts about the beloved film.
Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" has been made and remade several times since it was written. This latest version, directed by Kenneth Branagh, may find a new experience for the Agatha Christie fan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the same weekend that Geostorm blasts into theaters with its cartoonish levels of destruction and mayhem (Rio has an Arctic freeze! Moscow melts!), Only the Brave reminds us that there are ...
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Tony Lip is a wise guy Italian living in 1960s New York City working as a bouncer. Until Dr. Don Shirley, an African-American classical pianist, hires him as his personal driver to cover a tour in the South where it is not very safe for the black community. Will this trip end in anger or friendship?
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.
Joe Wright directs Gary Oldman in one of the most gripping Winston Churchill biopics of our time, turning a two-hour, dialogue-heavy film into an inspiring beacon of belief and cinematic beauty.
Bound, gagged, and thank the almighty French tickler in the sky this franchise is finally over. Fifty Shades Freed ruins your romantic escapades this Valentine's Day.
Like Me is a divisive film. Just read the reviews on IMBd and see that some really didn't appreciate this one. I found it tense and multi-layered. I also came up with some theories of each character. Mockler hates the internet so the clues were hard to find.
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.
I love movies that touch on realistic depictions of Paganism and Witchcraft, and was thrilled to stumble on this somewhat obscure film with a brilliant cast. Here's my review of the Last Keepers.
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.
In 2017, we were treated to not one but two biopics about Winston Churchill. But while 'Darkest Hour' scooped up the plaudits, this film very much went under the radar despite having an equally powerhouse performance from its lead actor. Benjamin Cox takes a closer look.
One of Stanley Kubrick's masterpieces. Just watch this violent cinematic experience, there is nothing I can say that does it justice.
This is a non-spoiler review of “I, Tonya” starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, and more!
This is a non-spoiler review of “Welcome to Marwen” starring Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Merritt Wever, and more!
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.
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.
The unbelievable but true story of four young men who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in US history.
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.
This is a non-spoiler review of "Tulip Fever" starring Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz, and more!
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.
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.
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.
This article suggests a list of the 10 best movie dramas about Los Angeles, California. A synopsis for each movie is provided.
Clint's farewell to his favourite genre turned out to be one of the best films in his long career. Benjamin Cox saddles up and looks back at the last truly great western.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 25 best romantic movies are films about love, loss, and forgiveness. Watch one with your sweetheart or best friend.
Leading the way this year with 10 Oscar nominations, this deeply personal and controversial movie came out of nowhere to surprise everyone. Benjamin Cox included.
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!)
Jake Gyllenhaal puts in an incredibly strong performance to drive a film which follows a lot of familiar beats, but is emotionally engaging and doesn't shy away from exploring a character in depth.
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...
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.
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.
It is not often that you get to reinvigorate an Oscar-winning film franchise with an Oscar-winning relaunch. Creed is a most-worthy successor to Rocky.
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.
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
Michael Haneke's Austrian drama starring Isabelle Huppert and Jean Louis-Trintignant finally gets its theatrical release in Houston two months after the fact.
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.
Crossing off another film he should have already seen by now, Benjamin Cox settles down to watch one of the most beloved sports movies in history. The question is, is it still champ or has it been knocked down early?
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...
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...
My take on A Monster Calls, the 2016 fantasy drama directed by J.A. Bayona and starring Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson, and Sigourney Weaver.
Are you looking for some movies like The Imitation game? It was a great movie, so it's only fitting that you;re looking for some more. You've landed on the right place.
Another day, another interpretation of the Joker projected onto the big screen. Is Joaquin Phoenix one of the best since the best? Or is he another name to add to the long list of Clown Princes of Crime?
Denzel Washington plays captain William Whitaker, an airline pilot with an addiction problem. Did his addiction get in the way of him doing his job? How irresponsible was his behavior and does he see it himself?
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...
A wonderful and rousing movie adaption of Shakespeare's play Henry V, the 1989 film Henry V is also a good symbol of emergent English nationalism as shown by Shakespeare.
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.
“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....
Are you heartbroken? Are you stressed to the max? Here are 10 films that were designed to make you bawl your eyes out!
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.
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 “Dumplin’” starring Danielle Macdonald, Jennifer Aniston, Odeya Rush, 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.
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
A technical and thematic comparison of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats The Soul & Barry Jenkins' Moonlight.
Long before she became a parody of herself, Gwyneth Paltrow had established herself as the American to portray a British woman. Benjamin Cox sticks his foot in the door to examine this gimmicky rom-com.
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?
It is a Sicilian message that means “Seth Tomko is comparing how Vito and Michael conduct themselves as Dons in The Godfather movies.”
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.
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.
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.
Leaving Las Vegas is about damaged characters with substance abuse issues. The movie is carried by Nicolas Cage and Elizabeth Shue. It deserves to be watched, even if you just want to see Cage during his prime.
Six heartwarming and heartbreaking romantic movies similar to the tear-jerking blockbuster, "Titanic."
This is a non-spoiler review of “Wakefield” starring Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Victoria Bruno, and more!
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.
Barry Jenkins directs an ensemble cast in one of the most heartfelt, important films of 2016. Will Moonlight shine brightly for many years to come, or be eclipsed by its awards competition?
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 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.
Long before Mad Max was tearing through the Outback, it was the setting for this disturbing and thought-provoking film by Nicolas Roeg. Benjamin Cox sets off on a remote and solitary adventure to investigate.
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.
This classic legal drama still stands the test of time as well as it breaks with conventions with regards to how criminal cases are depicted on screen. Benjamin Cox delivers his verdict.
A psychological interpretation of The Godfather Waltz. The trumpet is The Godfather. Analysing why The Godfather Waltz is the most dangerous of dances.
While researching a forthcoming article about the greatest movie soundtracks of all time, Benjamin Cox figured it would be remiss if he didn't discuss one of the most famous films of all time - a film whose soundtrack would define its generation.
Denzel Washington directs himself and Viola Davis in the big-screen adaptation of August Wilson's beloved stage play. Will the transition work in favor of Fences? Or will the film be shut out?
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.
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.
Over the past 15 years, Kathryn Bigelow has directed precisely two feature films. 2008’s The Hurt Locker won the Oscar for Best Picture (along with five other Academy Awards), and 2012’s Zero Dark ...
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There was a time that seeing Robert Zemeckis’ name on a film guaranteed at least a certain level of quality. From the Back to the Future flicks to Forrest Gump to Contact, he tackled a bunch of different genres and rarely (if ever) misfired. Right around the turn of the century, though, things ...
Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece Citizen Kane is often credited by film scholars, historians, and reviewers as the best film ever made.
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.
This is a non-spoiler review of "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and more!
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.
It’s been almost 75 years since Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy released their final US movie (1945’s The Bullfighters), but their constant fans—along with new ones they’ll surely earn as a result of Jon S. Baird’s rollicking, heartfelt biopic—still regard them as one of the hands-down, funniest ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saving Private Ryan is in my top 5 for all-time classic war movies. It offers a great cast, gritty battle scenes with scope and a top story about courage and sacrifice.
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
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.
Initially weary of award-friendly films in case they disappoint, Benjamin Cox put off watching this until very recently. And if you're the same, allow him to explain why you should rectify this immediately...
Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams star, while Kenneth Lonergan directs this Oscar-nominated story about life, love, the past and the future. Can they produce Amazon studios' first ever Best picture?
This is a non-spoiler review of “Creed II” starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, and more!
This is a non-spoiler review of “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” starring Zac Efron, Lilly Collins, Kaya Scodelario, and more!
Are you looking for movies like "The Notebook"? You've come to the right place. Let's take a look at some similar romantic films.
A movie about the Edinburgh drug scene directed by Danny Boyle with a soundtrack of a generation. Memorable characters played by actors at the start of their careers. Quoteable, funny, sad, what is not to love?
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.
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.
Come with me as I look back at Madonna's most controversial film, the infamous sex thriller known as Body Of Evidence...
Peter Fonda cemented his place in cinema history with his career-defining performance in a film which depicted America at a cultural crossroads. Benjamin Cox gets his motor running and heads out on a highway.
'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.
A case study of the postmodern romantic comedy '(500) Days of Summer' and its peculiar narrative that subverts the conventions of the genre.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Searching for movies like Friends With Benefits? Check out this list and watch more romantic comedy movies!