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Announcing the NEW Movie Paradise

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I have to preface this by saying that what I am going to announce is ultimately very good news, and I am incredibly excited by the prospects of the future of The Movie Paradise. However, this is very hard for me to write, as it is the end of an era of my life that has been so transformative and important to me for many years. I am writing now to announce the end of themovieparadise.com, as I will be moving over to YouTube full time. In the past, I have tried to maintain my written site while also venturing into YouTube. However, I now realize that the next step for me to take as a film pundit is to move to YouTube full time. It has not been an easy decision to make, as it would mean leaving behind all the work I have done on themovieparadise.com, and I haven't been ready to completely give that up. Well, now I am. I am at a point now where I feel comfortable leaving behind my blog to start something new. 
I began The Movie Paradise in 2014, and I celebrated my four year anniversa…

Eighth Grade SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes Rating: R Directed by: Bo Burnham Starring: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson 
For most people, eighth grade and, in turn, all of middle school, is one of the worst periods of time in a person's life. So naturally, writer/director Bo Burnham thought it would be a perfect subject to base a movie around! When I first heard of Eighth Grade, I was intrigued by the premise. Usually when we see movies about kids trying to grapple with who they are and dealing with societal pressures, the films are centered around high school. But middle school is actually worse than high school, and we don't see too many movies accurately capturing the middle school experience. So I went into Eighth Grade really interested to see what Burnham would give us. I didn't see the trailer beforehand and I didn't know anything about the plot; I only knew it focused on a girl named Kayla (Elsie Fisher, Despicable Me) who was in her final days middle school. And …

Blindspotting SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes Rating: R Directed by: Carlos López Estrada  Starring: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar 
I didn't really know much about Blindspotting before I went to go see it. I had seen the trailer a couple of times, but I didn't have the strongest sense of what the film was actually about. I went and saw Blindspotting as part of my new initiative to see a new movie in theaters every Saturday morning. It gives me an excuse to go see movies that aren't the big blockbusters that I've been looking forward to for months and months, and Blindspotting certainly fits that bill. It centers around two friends, Collin (Daveed Diggs) and Miles (Rafael Casal), who reach a bit of a crossroads as Collin is finishing up his probation and begins to reassess whether Miles is really a healthy person to keep in his life going forward. Blindspotting does a really great job in balancing comedy and drama, as it tells the story of these characters while also hintin…

Slender Man SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes Rating: PG-13 Directed by: Sylvian White  Starring: Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair 
Dear God, what did I get myself into? I never used to say I was a fan of the horror movie genre. I had seen so many shitty horror movies--loaded with terrible characters, awful performances, and lazy jump scares--that I was left rather cynical about the genre as a whole. Whether that was fair or unfair of me is up for debate, but that's how I felt. However, as I went back and began watching classic horror movies, such as The Thing, Halloween, Psycho, The Exorcist, Carrie, Rosemary's Baby, etc., I realized that I was actually a fan of horror movies; just not modern horror films. And then modern horror movies began to take a turn. We got films like The Babadook, It Follows, Lights Out, Don't Breathe, It, and others that us showed just what modern horror movies can be like. That there is light at the end of the tunnel! And then I went and saw Slender …

The Meg SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 1 hour, 53 minutes Rating: PG-13 Directed by: Jon Turteltub Starring: Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson 
Ever since Jaws came out in 1975, the movie-going audience has had a fascination with sharks. Every time a shark movie comes out, it seems like people flock to go see it. I don't know if people are collectively hoping each film will be as good as Jaws, or if people are just drawn to sharks, but there seems to be worldwide anticipation every time a new shark movie is coming out. Nowadays, there are really only two kinds of shark movies that are made. You have the serious thrillers like The Shallows, and then you have the absurdly ridiculous ones such as the Sharknado films. And when the trailers for The Meg came out, a lot of people thought it would be almost in the vein of a Sharknado movie. I personally thought it looked more like it was going to be just plain dumb instead of being dumb fun, but I know a lot of anticipation surrounded this film. So I went and …

Nerd Round-Up: Supergirl, Cowboy Ninja Viking, Venom

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Welcome to this week's Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things circulating in the world of nerdom. We break down these down, anything ranging from superheroes to Star Wars, and every other geek-centric thing in between. We analyze the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important and worthy of discussing. Perhaps it's casting news, a contract detail, a set image, or something else that's more on the minor side, but is still definitely worth talking about. This is a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much in the movie-sphere. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week installment of Nerd Round-Up.

It was announced earlier this week that DC is looking to make a Supergirl movie, and once again DC announces yet another film that they have no real intention of maki…

The Academy Rolls Out New Changes to Broadcast, Including a Popular Film Category

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For film fans, Oscar night is one of the most important nights of the year. It is the one time a year we as a community can come together and celebrate our favorite thing in the world: movies. And the awards aren't meaningless like some other film-related award shows (I'm looking at you, Golden Globes). Who wins the Academy Award has major ramifications in the industry, because it shapes people's careers. It is recognition for hard work, yes, but it also changes the state of the industry. Needless to say, the Academy Awards are incredibly important not just for movie fans, but for the film industry as a whole. However, the Academy has struggled with its live broadcast in recent years. The 2018 Oscars had the lowest ratings the show has ever had, taking a 20% dive from the previous year. While the Oscars are hugely important for film fans, they seem to struggle with their relevance with the average movie goer. It has long been said that the Oscars need to find ways to appe…

James Gunn, Dave Bautista, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: The Messy Situation Disney is Now In

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As many of you already know, James Gunn, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was fired by Disney due to completely insensitive and inappropriate tweets he wrote a decade ago. I intended on reporting on this story when it initially broke, but I was afraid my voice would be lost in the shuffle, and it wouldn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. However, as the story grows more and more pressing, I find it harder not to express my opinion. That is ultimately what this site is for: voicing my opinion. While James Gunn never should have written those tweets, I find it rather pointless to punish him for ten year old remarks, especially when considering the fact that he, on his own, realized that what he said was wrong and he apologized for his tweets. That doesn't excuse what he said, but it does show that he has grown as a human being since then. And I have been under the impression that his firing is a mute gesture at this point, e…

Christopher Robin SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 1 hour, 44 minutes Rating: PG Directed by: Marc Forster Starring: Ewan McGreggor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael 
The story of the Hundred Acre Wood with Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh is timeless. In some form or another, everyone knows about the world of Winnie the Pooh, and that's why the marketing for Disney's Christopher Robin has been so interesting. It features Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge!) as a grown up Christopher Robin who has a wife (Hayley Atwell, Captain America: The First Avenger) and a daughter (Bronte Carmichael, The Darkest Hour). And when he becomes too focused on work and loses sight of what is truly important in life, Winnie the Pooh (Jim Cummings) then enters the fold. I think the trailers for Christopher Robin have been excellent. Not only have they played on nostalgia, but they've had so much heart and charm to them. I never thought that a Winnie the Pooh movie would become one of my most anticipated films of the summer, but Christ…

Nerd Round-Up: Terminator 6, Joker, Kraven the Hunter

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Welcome to this week's Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things circulating in the world of nerdom. We break down these down, anything ranging from superheroes to Star Wars, and every other geek-centric thing in between. We analyze the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important and worthy of discussing. Perhaps it's casting news, a contract detail, a set image, or something else that's more on the minor side, but is still definitely worth talking about. This is a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much in the movie-sphere. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week installment of Nerd Round-Up.

Our first look at Deadpool director Tim Miller's Terminator 6 film has been released, showcasing Natalia Reyes, Mackenzie Davis, and Linda Hamilton. This image do…

The Equalizer 2 SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 2 hours, 1 minute Rating: R Directed by: Antoine Fuqua Starring: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders 
Denzel Washington is simply one of the best actors working today. There's no real question about it. I still contend that he should have won Best Actor at the 2017 Academy Awards for his role in Fences instead of Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea. Affleck was really good, but I thought that Washington acted circles around him. So whenever Denzel is in a movie, it immediately has my attention. The Equalizer 2 comes four years after its predecessor, and I thought the first movie was good but not great. Denzel was, of course, excellent as always, but an unevenly paced second act and too many subplots dragged the movie down. But while The Equalizer had its shortcomings, there was a lot of possibilities with a sequel. Perhaps Antoine Fuqua learned from The Equalizer's mistakes, and could deliver on a tighter, stronger sequel. So while I wasn't countin…