Andre Hyland boasts a substantial online
following through his sketch-comedy character Jesse Miller — dude loves
Monster Energy drinks and button-up shirts with tribal flame designs —
but that’s not what has people buzzing about the Cincinnati native
Will 2016, with its over-abundance of sequels on the
horizon, be in a
position to introduce audiences to new characters that might one day
join the ongoing pantheon of franchise players that dominate the
Right away, Ryan Coogler lets us know that we’re in good and special hands with Creed, his Rocky
spinoff that arrives with not only the complete blessing of series
creator Sylvester Stallone, but also with his quietly mesmerizing
appearance as Rocky Balboa.
I still remember the first time I took notice of actor Emory Cohen onscreen. In the Derek Cianfrance film The Place Beyond the Pines, he played the pampered son of Bradley Cooper’s reluctant cop-turned-hero.
A not-so-subtle shift has occurred in the
film marketplace, calling into question the fundamental assumptions of
the tacit arrangement between the studios and audiences. Call it a
Screenwriter-turned-director James Vanderbilt (the two Amazing Spider-Man installments) sets his sights on the Mary Mapes account of the firestorm that erupted over the 60 Minutes
report, back in 2004, on then-President George W. Bush’s military
Beasts, the story of a young boy
named Agu who is forcibly enlisted as a child
warrior in the civil war of an unnamed African country under the brutal
command of a fanatically charismatic figure known as the Commandant, is a mesmerizingly grim adaptation of Uzodinma
I’ve spent all this time ruminating on De La Soul and Saving Private Ryan, I suppose, to highlight the fault I find with Spielberg’s latest film, Bridge of Spies, another historic film in his library of moving monuments to the pivotal events of our times.