How Bradley Cooper’s ‘A STAR IS BORN’ gives a time-honored classic new things to say

September 21st, 2018 | Movie News, Opinion | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic It doesn’t come as much of a surprise when an actor segues into writing and directing. However, it bears further inspection when they choose a film that’s been made before – specifically three times prior in the case of multi-hyphenate Bradley Cooper’s iteration of A STAR IS BORN. Though the song remains the same, the way it’s sung and arranged puts a new spin on an enduring chart-topper. Cooper has managed to ...

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Development Hell (No): Why ‘THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS’ failed when it should’ve succeeded

August 24th, 2018 | Movie News, Opinion | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic We’ve been waiting for nearly a decade to see the Black List script for THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS – a dark comedy-noir mix of SESAME STREET and WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? – come to cinematic fruition. And the results are a feeble attempt at what should’ve been clever, cutting material. The project, spearheaded by Brian Henson, was relegated to development hell for what felt (get it?) like forever. They cast ingénue after ...

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Why going the prequel route was a wrong turn for ‘THE FIRST PURGE’

July 3rd, 2018 | Movie News, Opinion | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic Prequels have a tough time proving why they’re necessary. For every good one (like OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL or X-MEN: FIRST CLASS), there’s a multitude of terrible ones (like the STAR WARS prequels). Mostly, they give audiences superfluous information about a cinematic universe they’ve already bought into. They don’t act as a solid base for the previously released chapters, nor do they snare new fans. The PURGE franchise ...

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