Darkest Hour


The dead of winter us upon us, all the hype from Christmas and thanksgiving releases slowly make there way out of the theater and movies that had limited releases during the holiday season finally go wide during January, which is the case for the movie i’m writing about now. Which I want to add the relaxed nature of a theater during this time is the best. There are no lines for anything and the auditoriums are fairly empty giving you some extra room to stretch, if your trying to catch up on some movies now is perfect time to do it.


Darkest Hour, takes place during the first month of Winston Churchill’s(Oldman) tenure as Prime Minister revealing in full detail how he handled the Battle of Dunkirk up until his famous speech “Never Never Never Surrender” in front of congress. Gary Oldman completely disappears into the role of Churchill, aided by a ton of makeup he physically transforms into the late Prime Minister, he perfectly mimics his mumbled and drunken slurring he had in his speech patterns and cadence. Even bringing his ferocious velocity he had with his own cabinet proving why he is such a staple in history. Joe Wright(Atonement) plays with the camera in interesting ways whenever Churchill was faced with a tough decision he would film him so he looked like he was in a “box”, by doing a wide shot in a room with only one light surrounded by darkness and as the movie progresses the shots get smaller transitioning from a room to a small window in a door, to eventually him sitting in complete darkness, symbolizing his options running out and when it seems like he’s run out of options and the possibility Congress voting him out of congress. He then delivers a speech to the British people that for the last 15 minutes of the movie that is enough to suck the air out the room with its energy, its beautifully shot and ends on the perfect note . Small details like that make movies like this much more interesting to watch multiple times in the future.
I’m going to give “Darkest Hour” an “A”. If you like what you read you can like and subscribe for more.

My ten most ancticipated of 2018

With today being the first day of 2018, I looked at the movie release schedule this year and found plenty to be excited for. Finding ten movies this year wasn’t hard as almost every month in this year has some type of blockbuster film that will appease to the masses. However putting them in order was a bit difficult so I did my best to put these in order from least to most exciting. Remember this is my own list and doesn’t reflect anyone else’s thought or opinions.


  1. Solo:A Star Wars Story (May 25)

This almost didn’t make my list for two reasons 1.)Lorde and Miller aren’t directing it anymore and 2.) The massive reshoot schedule tells me this might be a cluttered mess. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the trailer will at least add to my minimal hype, but for now I look forward to this with some skeptical expectations.


  1. Isle of dogs (March 23)

Wes Anderson directing a stop-motion movie about a island full of dogs….that is the most Wes Anderson thing I’ve heard of, so of course I’m excited about It! It’s been four years since we got a movie from Mr. Anderson (Grand Budapest Hotel) and nine years since his last stop-motion movie (Fantastic Mr. Fox). I’m a bit nervous this won’t get a wide release and will probably have to wait until the fall to see this on digit download, so I’m keeping this low on my list for that reason.


8.The Quiet Place (April 6)

The trailer for this debuted back in November in front of Justice League. Not much is revealed in the trailer only that a family has to live in complete silence so not to disturb the monsters that lurk around their home, If this is anything like “It comes at night” where it mostly sticks to a few isolated locations and adds to the claustrophobic tension that builds up in the third act, then i’m all in.


  1. Venom (October 5)

Sony’s debut of there “Side Character Universe” kicks off with a R-rated Venom movie. I’m a bit puzzled that this is even being made since spider-man probably won’t have a big part or even any part at all, however with Tom Hardy set to portray Eddie Brock I think this has potential to be a sleeper hit in 2018.


6.God Particle (TBD)

This was supposed to come out in October of 2017 but when the year kept dwindling down and there was no trailer,news or even a poster it was safe to say the J.J Abrams produced movie that took place in the “Cloverfield Universe” was either scrapped or going to be moved into 2018. Fortunately it looks like it will be released some time this year, however there is still very little news about this movie so I’m hoping it still sees the light of day.


5.New Mutants (April 13)

Fox continues to explore new grounds not only with there own properties but with the comic book genre bringing horror into the hero element, New Mutants adds to X-men lore with it’s “madhouse experimental” theme. This may not appeal to everyone like it’s predecessor “The Dark Phoenix” will in November, but with its small budget it can definitely double it’s money in the early part of Spring.


4.The Nun (July 13)

New Line Cinema is putting together their own universe(no surprise everyone is doing it). However if this plays out anything like Annabelle:Creation, then I’m really excited to be in a packed theater with a scared audience.


3.Black Panther (February 16)

Ryan Coogler is a phenomenal director so when I saw he was helming the Black Panther movie I was excited, but it wasn’t until I saw the trailer that I knew this movie was going to be special. Kevin Feige and the rest of the Marvel Team have done a great job at bringing competent directors to there movies but rarely do they have their own style, “Black Panther” on the other hand is filled with Coogler’s blend of African and Hip Hop culture that looks and feels like a Marvel movie with more of a kick.


2.Annihilation (February 23)

Alex Garland directing a Sci-fi movie about a bubble of energy that creates,warps,and alters life as we know it!! If I was crazy enough I would just camp out in front of a theater until this came out. There is some hesitation however from Paramount and Skydance as Annihilation will also be released on Netflix just a few days after it’s Theater release. I’m sure some of that skepticism comes from it not being a familiar property, but I have high hopes for this one and wait to see this on the big screen.


1.Avengers:Infinity War (May 4)

10 years and 17 films later, Infinity War is set to be the change the MCU has always hinted at since the first “Avengers” back in 2012. This could be the darkest Avengers movie to date with a high possibility that some main characters might not make it alive. Myself and plenty of fans included having been waiting to see Thanos in action and were with roughly six months left until May, I can’t wait to see how this plays out.


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My top ten of 2017 (that aren’t the Last Jedi)

2017 comes to end and looking back this has been such a great year not only for film but for myself, in January after many years of consistently going to the movies my friends persuaded me to create my own blog and express my own thoughts on the movies I see, in a few weeks it will be a full year since I created Cinema Flavor I want to thank all of you who have read my blog and have shared it with others I can’t express how thankful I am to see how its grown I couldn’t do it without your help and hope see it progress in the future. If you have read my blog in the past or follow me on Twitter or Instagram you know I have a unwavering love for Star Wars so I want to make a list that didn’t biasly favor the “Last Jedi”. So this will be the list of the top ten movies of 2017 that weren’t that movie. Remember this is just my own list and doesn’t reflect anyone else’s thoughts or opinions.


Before I dive into my favorite’s list there were plenty of movies that I moved around and eventually got pushed off by other films this year. In no way were they bad it’s just something else came along and made a bigger impact on my cinematic experience, so this is my “honorable mentions” list.



3.War for the planet of the apes

4.Wind River

5.Blade Runner 2049


10.Lego Batman


Lego Batman has some sentimental value to me it was the first movie I reviewed when I started this blog. It also helps that it’s incredibly funny and it’s “million jokes per minute” style will make you want to watch it over and over again just on the sheer fact that you missed a lot jokes from laughing at all the ones Pryor to it.


  1. It comes at night

2017 was a great year for horror, the genre got a massive facelift with hits like “IT” and “Annabelle” even though “It comes at night” didn’t get the mass appeal evening get some sour reception from audiences, it did give a fresh take to the genre that out some chills down my spine.


  1. A Ghost Story

David Lowery’s Journey into love,life,and fear of loss left me in a trance way after the movie was over. From the subtitle 4X3 aspect Ratio its shot on, to the many of scenes that take a emotional toll on you. It’s like nothing i’ve ever seen before and cant wait to see what projects Lowery takes next.


  1. Dunkirk

Speaking of great directors the always brilliant Christopher Nolan delivers once again with this Hard Hitting drama about the battle of Dunkirk in England. The massive sound and scale is one of the few movies this year that deserves to be seen on a IMAX screen.


  1. The Big Sick

A comedy about a girl who gets sick and her boyfriend who has to choose between her and his parents who’s forbid him from dating outside his religion and culture(sounds familiar). Charming and even a little heartbreaking I knew this would be somewhere in my top ten at the end of the year.


5.Wonder Women

Can we all give a round of applause to DC and Warner Brothers for finally let a creative director take reign of one your properties! Wonder Woman was overdue for a live action movie and Patty Jenkins delivers a timely entrance to the DCUE (fingers crossed they let Matt Reeves do the same thing)



Being a teen comes with a array of emotions especially when it’s your last year of high school the journey to adulthood almost starts abruptly, as is the case in Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut “Lady Bird” bringing the most realistic view of a teenagers life to the silver screen since Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused.


  1. Get Out

Horror has never been done in this way injecting comedy and thriller into a movie that also has a social message that pertains to the times now, To have so much going on it never gets bogs down, keeping to its main identity that takes so many twists and turns that play out so well especially in the third act.


2.Baby Driver

Edgar Wright’s passion project was the most stylish movie i’ve seen all this year incorporating music and color into a quirky fast paced heist movie. It was hard trying to convince myself that it was my number one for this year, but there was one other film that has taken that spot.



Every year it the number of movies about superheroes and their long drawn out “Cinematic Universes” come out leaving this endless cycle of buildup for Marvel and DC alike, that’s not the case for “Logan” Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart bring such emotional performances to this no holds barred R-rated movie that plays more like a western then a X-men movie. I badly want to see this movie get award recognition outside of the technical stuff.



The holiday season is upon us and there is no better way to engulf in the festivities then by looking back on a christmas classic “Gremlins” it’s been about this thirteen years since i’ve seen this movie and my memory has diminished a bit which is why it was so important to do a retrospective and look at how this movie has aged in that time but also in the thirty plus years since it was released.


On this recent viewing something that is very prevalent is the lost art form of practical effects, the detail in the set design, obviously it was built with a lot of precision and i’m sure took a few weeks to build(and even longer to clean up with all the slime!) but it gives so much life to the movie, from the seedy alleys of chinatown that are illuminated in a ominous red glow in the start of the movie, to the small town that is cascaded in the cheery bright colors of christmas blanketed in a thick of white snow. The fulfilling nature of seeing a crafted set hones in not only on the skill it took but the limitations of the time made movie crews use their creativity to create a real environment. Which brings me to my other point is that the practically used on the Mogwai’s themselves is such a genius move, the puppetry that is used in Gizmo and there metamorphosis into there “Midnight Forms” allows the audience to react to what’s happening because it is a real thing. Gizmo’s many facial expressions give him tons of character development and watching actors actually pick him up and interact with him creates chemistry because you know they are actually interacting with something there. Of course the fact there are models being used means there movement can be stiff and the stop-motion in this to give the illusion that there moving on there own is very obvious and choppy dating the movie just a little bit.


The callbacks and Easter eggs are a plenty from posters of George’s Millers “Road Warrior” to Steven Spielberg’s “E.T” and “Indiana Jones” even the cocoons that the gremlins hatch from was a callback to Ridley Scott’s “Aliens”. Joe Dante love for movies is established throughout his own film as he incorporates so many techniques and styles of other genres into Gremlins, never putting into one specific genre adding to the many ways you can watch this movie either as a Christmas film or even a Halloween one for aspects of horror that Joe sprinkles into it.
Overall I enjoyed watching this movie again, if you want to get a glimpse of how movies and culture were in the 80s Gremlins is the perfect movie to put you in that decade, the flow of comedy and even the music score has heavy use of synthesizers and piano chords. I’m sure your local theater will play Gremlins during the holidays, which the theater in my area did on a saturday afternoon and adds to the fun of watching a older movie on the big screen( if you can get used to the digital projection playing a movie shot on film). I’m going to give Gremlins a “A”. If you’ve seen Gremlins let me know what you think of it and if you like what you read like and subscribe for more.

Was The Last Jedi the right direction for Star Wars?


After two years of speculating,theorizing,and anxiously planning and waiting the experience us fans have been fervently waiting for is here! We can all take a sigh of relief and appreciate what we saw but was it what we all hoped it was going to be? After a hiatus from social media for a couple of days to avoid Spoilers, I checked back in after I had seen the movie and saw the reception to this movie was “mixed”. It had high praise from critics but fans are fairly upset that this movie failed to deliver on the secrets and arcs it teased in “The Force Awakens”. This won’t be a traditional review, but more a rhetorical question that I feel needs to be addressed on and whether or not Disney should continue to make the same movies that George Lucas envisioned or create a new vision under the tent of Disney. I will be going into detail about “The Last Jedi” so I’m warning now SPOILERS are ahead in the next few paragraphs.


J.J Abrams vision for “Force Awakens” was the perfect tribute but often is frowned upon for being that…a tribute. The story is completely parallel to A New Hope and every new character is left in shroud of secrecy and however you may feel about that movie it does leave some questions in the air about where will this new trilogy end up by the time we get to episode 9. Now here we are The Last Jedi has the opportunity to answer the questions we have been waiting on for almost two years, and this is the dividing point that has caused the uproar towards the middle installment of this trilogy.


Older franchises deserve to be shown to a new generation of potential and even hardcore fans, for that to happen it needs have a balance. A few nods to the film before it and a new direction and vision that does it service. Which is exactly what this movie did! A smaller ode to the new (Force Awakens already did a bigger one) and  now exploring the massive universe and potential to expand the Jedi order outside the Skywalker Bloodline. Of course no movie is without error but maybe nothing in this movie should be taken in face value and only looks like error to a picture that isn’t done being painted as Episode 9 is going to be the movie that brings everything to light.


Rey’s parents were downplayed to nothing more then alcoholic’s who sold her for drinking money or maybe that’s what Rian Johnson wants us to think! for J.J to play her up as someone who came from something so special she wasn’t warranted the hype that was Built around her. Ultimately I think that won’t be the last time we hear about her origin.


“Have you heard the tragedy of darth Snoke the wise” whatever theories have been floating around the internet are now left cold in the dust. The idea to have a “emperor” leader to overshadow the actions of Kylo and Hux was a gamble that may have not paid off as Snoke feels like nothing more than a bargain Sidious. But leaves the question why does everyone know him? Luke,Leia,Han, and the rest of the Republic are aware of his Dark Side mentality and he knows about Kylo and his force sensitive genetics. His death was a smart move to bring in the borders to the internal fight between Kylo and Rey. However maybe a little backstory could of helpful to clear up Snoke’s story.


Luke’s tainted view on the Jedi was a different take to the once mighty Jedi Order putting their history with a person who doesn’t wish to continue its legacy is a very unpopular choice nonetheless a different choice putting Luke in a place we’ve never seen before, it doesn’t end that way as Luke is given some helpful advice to the scene that if you seen the movie, there was no way you didn’t want to or couldn’t help to make you jump out of your seat! Yoda Cameo!!!!! Yoda’s small but important part to Luke letting Rey be The Last Jedi….for now. Fan service is always fun as long as moves the plot along and Yoda convincing Luke to get out of his slump and confront his nephew falls perfectly into the category of fan service and very much warrants

his “Force Spirit” appearance.


Empire Strikes Back was criticized hard for it’s darker tone and now 38 years later it is the most loved of the Original Trilogy. Which leads me to believe that this movie will have the same fate. Rian Johnson took Star Wars to a new place and that’s the most important thing to keep it striving, sure it may be hard to see fans come to terms with the sudden disappearance of all the “Original Trilogy” characters but this is no longer there story. The torch has been passed to the new cast and they can be the crew that creates another generation of fans that could last many decades to come.

My predictions for the Golden Globes 2018

The nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globes are here! Another year to celebrate the best in film. Disclaimer! I don’t watch a lot of TV series so I’m taking a educated guess from the things I’ve heard about them. I’m also a bit disappointed to see Hugh Jackman not get a nomination for Logan I had high hopes that he would carry enough momentum to get award recognition. This is also a reminder that these are my predictions and if you want to share your thoughts on your choices of the winners or snubs leave a comment.

Best Motion Picture, Drama

“Call Me by Your Name”


“The Post”

“The Shape of Water” W

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

“The Disaster Artist”

“Get Out”

“The Greatest Showman”

“I, Tonya”

“Lady Bird” W

Best Director, Motion Picture

Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water” W

Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”

Ridley Scott, “All the Money in the World”

Steven Spielberg, “The Post”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Jessica Chastain, “Molly’s Game”

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”

Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” W

Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Michelle Williams, “All the Money in the World”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”

Helen Mirren, “The Leisure Seeker”

Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya” W

Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Emma Stone, “Battle of the Sexes”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”

Hong Chau, “Downsizing”

Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird” W

Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name” W

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”

Tom Hanks, “The Post”

Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel Esq.”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”

Ansel Elgort, “Baby Driver”

James Franco, “The Disaster Artist” W

Hugh Jackman, “The Greatest Showman”

Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project” W

Armie Hammer, “Call Me by Your Name”

Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”

Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”

Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water”

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”

Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, “The Post”

Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Aaron Sorkin, “Molly’s Game” W

Best Original Score, Motion Picture

Carter Burwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water” W

Jonny Greenwood, “Phantom Thread”

John Williams, “The Post”

Hans Zimmer, “Dunkirk”

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

“Home” — “Ferdinand”

“Mighty “River” — “Mudbound” W

“Remember Me” — “Coco”

“The Star” — “The Star”

“This is Me” — “The Greatest Showman”

Best Motion Picture, Animated

“The Boss Baby”

“The Breadwinner”

“Coco” W


“Loving Vincent”

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language

“A Fantastic Woman”

“First They Killed My Father”

“In the Fade” W


“The Square”

Best Television Series, Drama

“The Crown,” Netflix

“Game of Thrones,” HBO

“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu W

“Stranger Things,” Netflix

“This Is Us,” NBC

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy

“black-ish,” ABC

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Amazon

“Master of None,” Netflix W

“Smilf,” Showtime

“Will & Grace,” NBC

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

“Big Little Lies,” HBO

“Fargo,” FX

“Feud: Bette and Joan,” FX W

“The Sinner,” USA Network

“Top of the Lake: China Girl,” SundanceTV

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama

Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”

Claire Foy, “The Crown”

Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Deuce”

Katherine Langford, “13 Reasons Why”

Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy

Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”

Alison Brie, ”Glow”

Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Issa Rae, “Insecure”

Frankie Shaw, “Smilf” W

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”

Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”

Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette and Joan” W

Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette and Joan”

Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”

Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale” W

Chrissy Metz, “This Is Us”

Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of Lies”

Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama

Jason Bateman, “Ozark”

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

Freddie Highmore, “The Good Doctor”

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” W

Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy

Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”

Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”

Kevin Bacon, “I Love Dick”

William H. Macy, “Shameless” W

Eric McCormack, “Will & Grace”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”

Jude Law, “The Young Pope”

Kyle MacLachlan, “Twin Peaks” W

Ewan McGregor, “Fargo”

Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

David Harbour, “Stranger Things”

Alfred Molina, “Feud: Bette and Joan”

Christian Slater: “Mr. Robot”

Alexander Skarsgard: “Big Little Lies” W

David Thewlis: “Fargo”

The Disaster Artist


The Disaster Artist is directed by James Franco(127 Hours, This is the end) and stars Dave Franco(21 Jump Street,Now you see me),Seth Rogen(This is the end,Pineapple Express),Ari Graynor(Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,For a good time call…).


If you’re familiar with the Room you know just what a spectacle it is, it’s a horribly strung together movie…that works. The Room is equivalent to making a half-court basketball shot with your eyes blindfolded while having been spun around three times and still making it, everything about it is the opposite example on how a movie should be made and still works, it’s become very popular over the last couple of years that there are special screenings in LA at novelty theaters where they screen it to sold out audiences that come to openly mock the movie and even throw spoons at the screen, its gained the title of “best worst movie ever” that other celebrities have acknowledged its existence and was even aired on Adult Swim as April Fools joke one year. About four years ago I heard Seth Rogen on Sirius XM about the details of their next project was going to be based on how “The Room” was made, I was interested in how that would play out and whether it would be a gross out humor like “The Interview” was, giving them the benefit of the doubt was a smart decision on A24’s end as this movie is not like anything like you would expect from these two and proves that both Franco and Rogen have a real intriguing artistry and can explore past the goofball stoner Flicks.


Watching James Franco become engulfed in the character of Tommy Wiseau is so fascinating, he takes every detail into account from the outlandish “Johnny Depp” like way he dresses with a lot of accessories and outerwear to the leisurely drawn out accent he swears he doesn’t have, that within seconds you forget your even looking at James. The chemistry James has with his brother Dave is also such a great touch that it’s hard to believe they haven’t decided to work together more often in the past, Dave plays his roommate and friend Greg Sestero who gets caught up in the whirlwind oddity of this movie Tommy is creating and feels he owes this movie to his friend for helping him out but is also uneasy that this film could ruin the already slim chances he has a actor in Hollywood. A film like this could so easily become just a parody to how bad the film is, but instead of taking that route becomes a real life look at how everyone involved with “The Room” felt. The in-depth layers that prove Tommy had the knowledge and passion for film but didnt know how to execute them in right order and still made a movie that has amassed such a cult like following that hasn’t been seen before since “Rocky Horror Picture show” proving that making a movie based on his own movie needed to be made.
Amusing,Intense, and still a little bit self-aware, “The Disaster Artist” hits a emotional home run expanding the cult legacy to a movie that so greatly deserves it. I’m going to give “The Disaster Artist” a “A”. If you’ve seen enjoyed my review and want to stay up to date on all my reviews leave a like and subscribe.