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.
This Week: In this final show of the year, Kevin bids adieu to Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds. Later, he reviews the sort-of new films 20th Century Women, Paterson and Lion. Then he wraps up 2016 by giving his favorite and least favorite films of the year. Thanks to all the listeners throughout the years, and here’s to a greater and more exciting 2017!
This Week: Kevin celebrates the true meaning of Christmas by first calling out silly #DumpStarWars protests and an even sillier backlash to Wonder Woman and the U.N. Later, he reviews this year’s Christmas releases, including Passengers, Assassin’s Creed, Why Him?, Sing and Fences. He also offers some stocking stuffers in the form of new trailers, box office predictions and last-minute gift ideas in the home cinema round-up! Ho! Ho! Ho!
This Week: Kevin draws his lightsaber and puts on his Jedi cloak to celebrate the return of Star Wars to the theaters again this Christmas. In addition to reviewing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, he sounds off about Amy Schumer as Barbie and reacts to the Critics Choice Movie Awards. Later, he also reviews the films Collateral Beauty, Neruda, All Through the House and Camera Store. Finally, he has a charming conversation with John Rhys-Davies about his experiences making Camera Store. Only a few shopping days left to buy Kevin a present!
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (PG-13) **** (out of 5)
December 16, 2016
Felicity Jones as JYN ERSO
Diego Luna as CASSIAN ANDOR
Alan Tudyk as K-2SO
Donnie Yen as CHIRRUT ÎMWE
Wen Jiang as BAZE MALBUS
Ben Mendelsohn as ORSON KRENNIC
Forest Whitaker as SAW GERRERA
Riz Ahmed as BODHI ROOK
Mads Mikkelsen as GALEN ERSO
This Week: Kevin takes on Jimmy Kimmel in this latest episode, complaining about his very existence in entertainment. After checking out some truly terrible trailers, he reviews the new film Office Christmas Party to balance out the award films of Manchester By the Sea, Miss Sloane, Nocturnal Animals, La La Land and Jackie. Later, he breaks down the box office and offers up some home cinema suggestions. Enjoy!
This Week: Kevin heads into the full-on holiday season without a slate of holiday movies. So he turns to love and horror to fill in the gaps. After commenting on the Critics Choice Movie Awards nominations, he looks at a couple new trailers. Then he reviews Incarnate, Man Down, The Eyes of My Mother, Loving and The Love Witch. Later in the show, he takes a look at the possibly dismal box office for this weekend and offers a few home cinema suggestions.
This Week: Kevin puts on a frilly bib and gets ready to gorge himself with food over Thanksgiving Weekend. But before he falls into a turkey coma, he reviews the new films Moana, Bad Santa 2, Rules Don’t Apply and Allied. Kevin also interviews documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock at his maybe-real-maybe-not fast food franchise opening in Columbus. Later, he gives some suggestions for home cinema viewing, including Kubo and the Two Strings and Mystery-Science Theater 3000: Vol. XXXVII. Gobble gobble!