The crucial moments from each season of Game of Thrones, as season six awaits

If you aren’t caught up on HBO’s Game of Thrones, watch it before reading this. Spoilers for seasons one through five are coming. Game of Thrones begins its sixth season this Sunday (April 24) and it will mark the first time that the show’s plotlines move past George R.R. Martin’s five novels. Showrunners David Benioff […]

Are the Golden Globes an accurate predictor for the Academy Awards?

This year’s Golden Globe Awards gave us plenty to think about when it comes to the upcoming Academy Awards. Is this finally Leonardo DiCaprio’s year with The Revenant or does Matt Damon (The Martian), who also has never won an acting Oscar, have a chance to upset? Will the Academy also see fit to give Revenant director […]

George Lucas’ unfortunate comments reflect deeper concern over who actually owns Star Wars

During an interview with Charlie Rose which aired over the Christmas holiday, George Lucas likened the sale of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise to Disney to selling his property to “white slavers.” You probably heard or read about that. But while everyone seems to be focusing on what Lucas has since called an “inappropriate analogy,” the more interesting […]

Seven of 2015’s best films you can watch at home

We’re approaching the end of the year and with that comes plenty of awards contenders as well as the decade’s most anticipated movie in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Yet when you’re not off in a “galaxy far, far away” or catching up on the typical awards fare, there are plenty of great films you may have […]

Grantland’s podcasts brought diverse perspective to those who might have missed it

Media consumption is now a niche-based activity. Whether it’s television, online or print, if we don’t like the way something is presented or the lens through which it’s packaged, we find a different website, change the channel or put away the newspaper. Sometimes this is for our benefit. Why listen to film a critic with different […]

Films telling true stories must alter history to find truth, and that’s OK

“Find The Truth.” It’s a direction often used in acting classes to guide actors into discovering the basics motivations and traits of their characters. It’s also used for writers and directors to understand the true essence of a scene. Work based on true stories have been with us for as long as anyone can remember. […]

Confronting the dark side or: How I learned to appreciate the Star Wars prequels

“Real sets. Practical effects.” Those were the first words uttered in the Comic-Con trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While this highlights the film’s “throwback” production techniques, it’s also a jab at George Lucas’ prequel trilogy that relied almost entirely on green-screen sets and CGI effects. Disney, J.J. Abrams and crew have made a […]

ABC’s ‘The Muppets’ has the pieces but needs to find its voice

It has been an up and down three years for the Muppets franchise. When they came back to the zeitgeist in 2011’s The Muppets, it looked like Kermit and crew were back. The film took advantage of audience nostalgia in order to earn its praise but it worked, dammit! The sequel, Muppets Most Wanted, appeared to aim […]

The elusive formula of making romantic comedies that appeal to ‘everyone’

Romantic comedies have certainly evolved over the course of the genre’s existence. What was once defined by the likes of It Happened One Night, The Apartment and Bringing Up Baby has transitioned into movies such as Knocked Up, (500) Days of Summer, and Silver Linings Playbook. One constant for the genre is that studios have tried to find […]

Why I hate that I love football so much

Fall is right around the corner. Fall beers fill store shelves, Halloween and Thanksgiving are fast approaching and my favorite form of casualwear — jeans and a hoodie — is socially acceptable. It also means that football season is here. That doesn’t just mean watching my Hawkeyes and Bears every Saturday and Sunday. It’s planning 11 a.m. […]

Superheroes in space may be light-years over audiences’ heads

Looking at the blockbuster releases of the past seven years and at the upcoming slates through 2020, it’s clear superheroes aren’t going away anytime soon. As the market has shown, audiences are mostly willing to embrace comic book deep cuts that were once considered too obscure or “too nerdy” to become major blockbusters. While Marvel has proven that […]

Kaitlyn Bristowe has become a progressive symbol for ‘The Bachelorette’ franchise

About a month ago,  I wrote a post saying that Amy Schumer’s early appearance on the current season of The Bachelorette gave audiences a look at the type of personality the show needed to catch up with the changing times and keep younger audiences interested. Schumer, or someone like her, would basically be the franchise’s Deadpool, breaking […]