Talking Movies [Friday the 13th]: Friday the 13th (1980)

Long considered to be an unlucky day due to superstitions involving the number thirteen and religious connotations, Friday the 13th is perhaps equally as well-known as being the title for a long-running series of slasher movies. As a result, this is clearly the best opportunity to take a look at the Friday the 13th (Various, … Continue reading Talking Movies [Friday the 13th]: Friday the 13th (1980)

Talking Movies [K-DAY]: King Kong (1933)

In the absolutely bonkers science-fiction film Pacific Rim (del Toro, 2013), the monstrous Kaiju first attacked humanity on 10th August 2013. The attack ended a few days later on August 15th but, in that time, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Oakland were completely devastated and the Kaiju War officially began. Accordingly, August 10th became known as … Continue reading Talking Movies [K-DAY]: King Kong (1933)

Talking Movies: The Suicide Squad

Released: 30 July 2021Director: James GunnDistributor: Warner Bros. PicturesBudget: $34 millionStars: Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, John Cena, Sylvester Stallone/Steve Agee, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Joel Kinnaman, Peter Capaldi, and Viola Davis The Plot:After Colonel Rick Flag (Kinnaman) and Doctor Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn (Robbie) are captured and presumed killed during a mission into the war-torn nation … Continue reading Talking Movies: The Suicide Squad

Talking Movies [Green Lantern Day]: Green Lantern: Extended Cut

In 2014, the 2nd of February was dubbed “Green Lantern Day” because, by the American calendar, the date read as “2814”, the sector of space assigned to Earth in DC Comics. While the significance of this date has passed as the years have changed, it seems like a great excuse to celebrate DC Comics’ green-garbed … Continue reading Talking Movies [Green Lantern Day]: Green Lantern: Extended Cut

Talking Movies: Total Recall

Released: 1 June 1990Director: Paul VerhoevenDistributor: TriStar PicturesBudget: $50 to 60 millionStars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, and Ronny Cox The Plot:Construction worker Douglas Quaid (Schwarzenegger) lives a mundane life dominated by dreams of Mars. Determined to fulfil his fantasy of having visited the Red Planet, he pays to have memories of … Continue reading Talking Movies: Total Recall

Talking Movies: Black Widow

Released: 9 July 2021Director: Cate ShortlandDistributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion PicturesBudget: $200 millionStars: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Olga Kurylenko, Ray Winstone, and Rachel Weisz The Plot:On the run after the events of Captain America: Civil War (The Russo Brothers, 2016), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Johansson) reunites with her estranged sister, Yelena Belova (Pugh), and … Continue reading Talking Movies: Black Widow

Talking Movies [Watchmen Wednesday]: Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut

To celebrate the fact that I finally got around to reading Doomsday Clock (Johns, et al, 2017 to 2019), DC Comic’s official sequel to the seminal Watchmen (Moore, et al, 1986 to 1987), I’ve been dedicating every Wednesday of this month to Alan Moore’s influential maxiseries. Released: 3 November 2009Originally Released: 6 March 2009Director: Zack … Continue reading Talking Movies [Watchmen Wednesday]: Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut

Talking Movies: Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Released: 18 March 2021Director: Zack SnyderDistributor: HBO Max/Warner Bros. Home EntertainmentBudget: $70 million (on top of the original $300 million production costs)Stars: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ciarán Hinds, Amy Adams, and Henry Cavill The Plot:Following the death of Clark Kent/Superman (Cavill), Bruce Wayne/Batman (Affleck) scrambles to bring together a … Continue reading Talking Movies: Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Talking Movies: Independence Day

Released: 3 July 1996Director: Roland EmmerichDistributor: 20th Century FoxBudget: $75 millionStars: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Margaret Colin, and Randy Quaid The Plot:When a series of flying saucers suddenly appear over and attack every major city across the world, United States President Thomas Whitmore (Pullman) is forced to mount a desperate counterattack … Continue reading Talking Movies: Independence Day

Talking Movies: Joker

Released: 4 October 2017 (Hey, that’s my birthday!)Director: Todd PhillipsDistributor: Warner Bros. PicturesBudget: $55 to 70 millionStars: Joaquin Phoenix, Frances Conroy, Zazie Beetz, Brett Cullen, and Robert De Niro The Plot:In 1981, party clown Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) suffers from a medical disorder that causes him to laugh at inappropriate times and lives with his mother, … Continue reading Talking Movies: Joker