As the last remnants of summer fades away and autumn gracefully appears in all of her magnificent and colorful splendor, the days have been growing shorter, the rhythms of life relaxing into a steady hum of regular schedules and routines. September and October tends to feel like the calm before the rush of holiday obligations and preparations that come right after them. Summer has been a particularly busy time for me this year with vacations, trying new things for the first time, and entertaining myself with Netflix or games that caught my attention based on my mood at any given time. To give summer a proper sendoff, here are just some of what I’ve been busy with in the last few months.
Romantic comedies follow a basic formula—boy meets girl, boy and girl undergo challenges before they become a couple, and then boy and girl kiss to live happily ever after. There will be some variation of the formula, but it will always follow these simple principles. Some variations may sound good in theory but can be poorly executed. The recent Netflix teen romantic comedy Sierra Burgess Is a Loser is a prime example of a badly done movie with good intentions.
As we near the end of summer, there seems to be a bit of a resurgence for the romantic comedy genre, both on the big and small screen. The latest film to join the ranks is Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
Going to the movies often offer a chance to escape. A chance to leave your problems at the door and live vicariously through fictional characters put in extraordinary situations. The film Crazy Rich Asians is pure escapist entertainment at its finest.
It has been a common practice for Hollywood to turn to books for their next great movie project in the last few years. For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games that gets chosen to go from page to screen, you have to wonder if studios really can’t come up with their own ideas without falling back on authors, who are creating and publishing books daily, as their main source for an original story. Sometimes, the books’ movie counterparts wind up being a critical success at the box office, or they flop spectacularly. There’s really no magic formula to predict which adaptation will get a favorable response from audiences. It’s really the luck of the draw. Whether you’re for or against books being turned into films, one good thing to come out of Hollywood’s interest in the written word come to life is getting those same audience members to pick up and read the book the movie is based on, if they haven’t already.
The latest movies to come out of the DC extended universe have been mostly disappointing. The release of Man of Steel in 2013 was about an average reception by both critics and fans, some critical about the direction the story took, specifically Superman’s big battle with General Zod towards the end of the movie. Last year’s releases of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad wasn’t any better either. Both films suffered from convoluted stories, terrible editing, and really bad plot holes. The only good thing both films seem to have going for them was the brief introduction of Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman and Margot Robbie’s turn as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. With DC struggling to score a home run in the box office that its rival Marvel seems to be hitting without any real trouble, the only exception being Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, you almost had to wonder if DC’s time in the movie business may be over. Wonder Woman is the latest studio entry for Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment. A lot has been riding on this film to succeed and to pull DC out of its slump. Luckily for the studio execs and for the people who have been dying for a juicy female led movie that’s entertaining and more, Wonder Woman has pulled off what the previous roster of films haven’t.
Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year. The smell of pine in the air as trees are being sold on the sidewalks. The lights and decorations brightening up a window display or cozy home. The presence of family and friends as you eat and exchange presents by the Christmas tree. It’s a magical time, but sometimes I can’t help but wonder what it might be like to experience Christmas in my favorite video game or book. In the spirit of the holiday season, I’ve listed a few fictional worlds I wouldn’t mind spending Christmas at.
When it comes to Final Fantasy games, most gamers will almost always tell you their favorite installment in the series, either debating or exchanging stories about why they feel Final Fantasy VII is the crowning jewel of the series or dismissing it as highly overrated in favor of Final Fantasy X. Final Fantasy is no stranger at trying to extend their property to film by creating an original story with Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within or extending an already established video game universe with Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. The latest entry into the Final Fantasy movies venture is Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV.
Zombies are everywhere. It’s hard to escape stories about zombies in the shows we watch like The Walking Dead, or the video games we play, such as Left 4 Dead. Whatever our fascination is with zombies, most media I’ve consumed about zombies almost always focuses on survival or how once regular, every day citizens channel their inner badasses and start shooting zombies in the head as if it’s a blood sport. While I appreciate experiencing these stories on occasion, they tend to offer nothing new about what it’d be like to live during a zombie apocalypse. When I watched the movie Maggie a few weeks ago, I’m struck by how different this movie felt compared to other zombie movies.
I’ve always been a kid at heart and I doubt it’ll ever change the older I get. When there’s a good animated feature currently showing at my local movie theater, I’m not ashamed to express an interest in watching it and actually going to the movies to see it. The recent offerings from Disney––Frozen, Big Hero 6, and its latest film Zootopia, has gotten me excited about seeing more from the House of Mouse. It seems like Disney is investing in more stories with powerful messages that actually teaches kids something more meaningful, while still being the fun and colorful Disney films we tend to expect from their brand. Zootopia is no different in joining this lineup of great storytelling in a kid’s movie.