This Week: Kevin leads into the weekend with a couple fun trailers for the upcoming spring and summer, including Captain Underpants and the highly-anticipated Mystery-Science Theater 3000 reboot. Later, he reviews the new films Power Rangers, Life, Wilson, CHIPS, The Devil’s Candy and Bokeh. Later, he also takes a look at the box office and spotlights the original Ghost in the Shell in the Home Cinema Round-Up!
This Week: Kevin kicks off St. Patty’s Day weekend with a look at a possible reboot of The Matrix movies. He also reviews the new films Beauty and the Beast, T2 Trainspotting, The Belko Experiment and Atomica. Later, he takes a look at the box office along with a revisit of the World War II spy thriller/romance Allied.
This Week: Kevin launches into the program with a look at what the big box office numbers for Logan mean for superhero movies in general. He also shames those out there enraged by a possible gay character in Beauty and the Beast. Later, he reviews the new films Kong: Skull Island, The Ottoman Lieutenant and My Scientology Movie (the last of which gives him an opportunity to play a clip from The IT Crowd. Finally, he caps off the show looking back at the first Sean Connery 007 movies and a spotlight on Disney’s Moana in the Home Cinema Round-Up!
This Week: Kevin takes a few moments to pay respects to Bill Paxton, then offers some insight into the Oscars and #Envelopegate! Later, he takes a look at the new movies Logan, Before I Fall, The Shack, Table 19, A United Kingdom and Wolves. Finally, he offers some ideas on the box office numbers and then takes a look at the Home Cinema Round-Up, featuring Doctor Strange.
This Week: Kevin gets ready for the Oscars by not even talking about them much until the last segments. In the mean time, he takes a look at some teasers and trailers before reviewing the new films Get Out, Collide, Rock Dog, Bitter Harvest and You’re Killing Me Susana. Later in the show, he takes a look at the Big Six categories of the Oscars, giving his personal picks to win. Then he wraps things up with some box office and the Home Cinema Round-Up!
This Week: Kevin dives into the show this week with some news about Mel Gibson and Suicide Squad 2 as well as a look at some new trailers. Later, he reviews the movies Fist Fight, The Great Wall, A Cure for Wellness, Elle and 13th. As things wrap up, he looks at the box office numbers and gives a 20th anniversary look back at the Austin Powers franchise. Yeah, baby!
This Week: Kevin has to offer another rest in peace wish, this time to Battlestar Galactica legend Richard Hatch. He also checks out other interesting development news before looking at some trailers and news from the Super Bowl. Later, he reviews the Oscar Shorts, along with the films The LEGO Batman Movie, John Wick: Chapter 2 and Fifty Shades Darker. Then, after some box office news, he continues his look back at John Hurt’s career by taking a fresh look at his film 1984. Big!
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This Week: Kevin says another good-bye to a well-known actor. This time, he bids farewell to John Hurt, which inspires him to give a second look to the film V for Vendetta. He also reviews the new films Rings, The Space Between Us, The Comedian and I Am Not Your Negro. Later, he offers some insight into the box office and spotlights the new Pinocchio Blu-ray in the Home Cinema Round-Up!
This Week: Kevin tips his hat (or rather, throws it up in the air) to Mary Tyler Moore, who passed this week. He also follows up on the leaked video from A Dog’s Purpose and gives his reaction to some of the Oscar nominations. Later, he finally reviews Split along with the other new films Resident Evil: the Final Chapter, A Dog’s Purpose, Gold and The Salesman. Finally, he wraps up the show with some bo office analysis and home cinema recommendations, including a spotlight on Ouija: Origin of Evil.
This Week: Kevin sounds off with a tribute to Miguel Ferrer (RIP) and then gives his fractured opinion about the controversial video from the set of A Dog’s Purpose. Later, he reviews the new films xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, The Founder, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, Trespass Against Us and The Red Turtle. Finally, to wrap things up, he spotlights the box office and the home cinema round-up with a spotlight on Max Steel.
This Week: First, Kevin sounds off about Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes, then talks about some new movie trailers. Later, he reviews the new films Patriots Day, Live By Night, Sleepless, The Bye Bye Man and Monster Trucks. He also lays down some box office wisdom and heads into the Home Cinema Round-Up, providing a spotlight on the On Demand flick Nerdland.
This Week: Kevin comes into the new year kicking and screaming. First, he rips apart the idea for the iPhone to have a horrible “theater mode.” Then, after some trailers, he laments the idiocy of white supremacists misinterpreting the meaning of They Live. Later, he reviews Underworld: Blood Wars, Hidden Figures and A Monster Calls. Finally, he wraps things up with a look at the 2016 box office, the weekly box office and some home cinema suggestions.
If you read my previous post about how 2016 wasn’t as bad as you thought it was… well, this is the post that will make the counter-argument. Of course, any year is filled with truly awful and terrible movies. While making any movie takes a huge effort, it seems to be easier for Hollywood to crank out bad movies. Still, I had to go see all of these movies so you don’t have to.
It’s not that 2016 had any more bad movies, but there was something unique about this year. The big reason is if you look at the end of the list, you’ll see some very competently made movies. However, it’s these movie’s cores that are rotten, and that’s the heart and soul of a film. Sure, throw a lot of money at a movie, and you could still end up with a pile of stank.
Calendar year 2016 has gotten a real bad rap this year. And many of it deservedly so. Too many entertainers passed away this year (including, but not limited to David Bowie, Carrie Fisher, Prince, Garry Marshall and tragically Anton Yelchin). It has certainly been a year for ups and downs in many aspects of life, but as people are lamenting the year’s end, many seem to forget the good things that came out of 2016.
I wouldn’t say that 2016 could be characterized by a great year in cinema, but it definitely gave us some fantastic films. And from the animation front, you’ll have to search long and hard to find a better year with consistent quality content the likes of what we saw this year (“Storks,” “Angry Birds” and “Trolls” notwithstanding).
So in the grand tradition of internet lists, here’s a look at my choices – many of which were surprises to me – for the best films of the year. And when you get to the end, you’ll have to agree that 2016 hasn’t been the all-around punishing year as many have been characterizing it.