Bottom 5 Films of 2023

In this very special episode, your intrepid hosts dive into the depths of cinematic disappointment as they unveil their Bottom Five Films of 2023. Welcome once again to our annual rundown of the cinematic catastrophes that left us bewildered, disappointed, and perhaps a little angry over the past year. From cringe-inducing sci-fi flops to poorly executed franchise entries, and forgettable thrillers, the bottom five list represents a cautionary tale of what happens when creative vision goes awry or when the alchemy of storytelling fails to transmute into cinematic gold. This is where, as the saying goes, we wade through the murky waters of mediocrity, and we mark the passing of another rotation around our nearest star with a grimace and a shake of the head, as we recall the films that failed to leave any positive impression on us or left us disappointed. This annual tradition serves as a solemn reminder of the diverse landscape of cinema, where not every endeavor reaches the heights of greatness, and some inevitably crash and burn in spectacular fashion. So join us, The Reel…

Top 10 Films of 2023

In this very special episode, your intrepid hosts run down their Top 10 Films of 2023. Welcome once again to our annual rundown of our top 10 films, as we review the movies that moved, entertained, awed, or otherwise inspired us over the past year. From mega blockbusters to independent dramas, established action franchises to emerging horror icons, giant radioactive lizards to famous historical figures, there’s a little something for everybody. This is where, as the saying goes, the rubber meets the road, and we mark the passing of another rotation around our nearest star with a look back at the cinematic stories that left their impression on us. This annual tradition is a way for us to take some time to reflect on a few of our new favourite films and share our love of movies with our listeners, hopefully inspiring those of you on your own film journey with a mix of the comfort of the familiar and the excitement of the undiscovered. So listen along with The Reel Film Chronicles, and maybe discover a few new favourite movies as well.…

Rebel Moon

What do you do when an unstoppable, evil army threatens your peaceful village? Why, you scour the countryside to retain the services of a small group of reluctant warriors with troubled back stories looking to make up for the sins of the past. And if it’s your peaceful moon that’s threatened, well then you scour the galaxy for your group of misfit warriors to defend you and your peaceful townsfolk. Hey, it worked for Akira Kurosawa. Rebel Moon, the latest action extravaganza from Zack Snyder, draws on some heavy inspiration from the likes of such classic and beloved films as Seven Samurai, Star Wars, and Eight Legged Freaks to bring you a story only Zack Snyder could tell. Filled to the brim with mythological creatures; sweaty, shirtless men; and broken warriors with checkered pasts looking for one last chance at redemption, Rebel Moon is nothing if not ambitious, seeking to stake a claim among the pantheon of great science fiction movies. In this episode, your intrepid hosts provide their insightful insights about Rebel Moon and whether it lived up (or…

Extraction 2

Extraction 2 is a 2023 American action thriller film directed by Sam Hargrave and written by Joe Russo. It is based on the graphic novel Ciudad by Ande Parks, Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Fernando León González and Eric Skillman. It is the sequel to the 2020 film Extraction, where Chris Hemsworth, Golshifteh Farahani and Adam Bessa reprise their roles from the first film, while Tornike Gogrichiani, Tornike Bziava, Tinatin Dalakishvili, Daniel Bernhardt, Olga Kurylenko and Idris Elba appear in pivotial roles. In the film, Tyler Rake is initially hired to rescue the family of an abusive crime lord from a prison in Georgia. Following the successful debut of the first film, Netflix announced a sequel in May 2020 with Joe Russo returning to write, Hargrave returning to direct and Hemsworth returning in the lead. By December, Joe and his brother Anthony hoped that the sequel would develop the characters enough to start a cinematic universe. Filming was scheduled to begin in Sydney in September 2021, but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and eventually started in Prague in November, before…

Godzilla Minus One

The smoke clears. The dust settles. For one, brief moment, it seems as though the stillness of the air could be a tranquil silence. A peaceful rearrangement of particles. That rare alignment of the cosmos that grants those most rare moments of serenity, where the world is in harmony, and the forces of nature and man align. But then, the moment passes. As your gaze trails ever upwards, your eyes slowly taking in the sight in front of you. Slowly, so that your brain has time to process the signals being sent to it. To try to make sense of this scaly monolith. This prehistoric behemoth. This harbinger of death. Godzilla. For everything there is a season, and for every generation there is a Godzilla. Luckily for us, Godzilla Minus One (like its most recent predecessor, Shin Godzilla) has emerged as a unique voice, shepherding both us and its protagonist into a new golden age. Unlike the recent spate of Hollywood Godzilla-verse offerings, which are, at best, popcorn flicks, Godzilla Minus One delivers not only on the action (which, again, unlike its…

Die Hard

“Now I have a machine gun. Ho, ho, ho.” Often imitated but never duplicated, Die Hard has withstood the test of time to become firmly established in that hallowed pantheon of All-Time Classic Action Films. Its protagonist, John McClane, the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time, has become an archetypal action movie hero, the everyman answer to the muscle-bound question posed by the likes of Schwarzenegger and Stallone. Played to perfection by Bruce Willis, McClane was relatable precisely because he wasn’t indestructible and showed real vulnerability, both physical and emotional, despite his gruff and sometimes disheveled exterior. Forever the fly in the ointment of any thief or terrorist who happened to pick the wrong building, airport, or city to steal from or terrorize (not that there’s ever a right target for such activities), McClane was somebody the audience could cheer for because despite his flaws, he would always fight to the end. No matter how many times he was battered, bruised, beaten, or knocked down, he would pick himself up, bandage those wounds, and walk, limp,…

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Hang on to your webs spider-boys and spider-girls, because in this episode, we’re swinging out Across the Spiderverse. In this follow-up to the critically acclaimed and beloved Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Miles Morales is grappling with how the consequences of being a hero affect him personally as well as those around him. Building on the frenetic animation style of the first film, Across the Spiderverse draws audiences in with a kaleidoscopic and vibrant visual approach that will delight and engage everyone, except for those with severe epilepsy who will likely be sent into a seizure during the opening titles alone. Taking inspiration from the Spider-Man comics (and we do mean every Spider-Man comic ever) along with every piece of Spider-Man media known to exist, Across the Spiderverse is at once a sprawling epic adventure with multiversal stakes and an incredibly focused personal story of growth, belonging, and morality perfectly woven together that will take at least ten rewatches to catch every little reference and easter egg. So slap on your spandex bodysuit, grab your mask, and join The Reel Film Chronicles as we explore…

65

A man out of time must summon the courage to save the life of a young child while battling humankind’s most ancient of enemies: the dinosaur. Also, gross bugs that crawl into bodily orifices while you’re sleeping. Though a box office flop, the movie 65 serves as a cinematic curiosity: a sci-fi genre film with a bizzare premise that tackles its subject matter with absolute seriousness. For all of its nonsensical plot points and, frankly, bewildering world- and character-building, 65 remains steadfast and laser-focused on its mission. Though what that mission might have been has likely been forever lost to the cutting room floor. Still, if you’re looking for a good time where a space-man fights dinosaurs with his lasergun, then you may have just stumbled upon the masterpiece to end all masterpieces. So listen along as we explore 65, the viability of using paprika as a communication medium, the relative effectiveness of small, blinking lights as a security system, and the potential qualifications for being a long-haul space trucker. 65 (2023)directed by: Scott Beck, Bryan Woodsstarring: Adam Driver –…

The Creator

Since the dawn of civilization, humankind has looked up into the cosmos, and with our hearts and minds overcome by the vastness of eternity, we’ve silently pondered the ultimate question at the core of our existence: Why are robots so cool? The Creator is our latest attempt to answer this age-old quandary. Helmed by Gareth “Rogue One” Edwards, the film is a special effects showcase made for the big screen, and a rarity in this day and age: a big budget sci-fi blockbuster based on original idea. In a world where human beings and AI are locked in a struggle for existence, and nations wage wars based on ignorance and partisan ideologies with no room for compromise, go and watch The Creator and take a break from all of that nonsense. Instead, watch a bunch of cool human on robot action as everyone learns a valuable lesson about the power of love, and also about the need to blow up orbital weapons platforms that reign down death arbitrarily on the citizens of sovereign nations. Join your intrepid hosts at The…

No One Will Save You

“A young woman who’s been alienated from her community finds herself in a face-off against a host of extraterrestrial beings who threaten her future while forcing her to deal with her past.” No One Will Save You (2023)directed by: Brian Duffieldstarring: Kaitlyn Dever – Elizabeth KaluevThriller – Horror – Science Fiction93 min

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