The Filmlosophers, Eddie Villanueva, Chad Riley and Spencer Williams, head to the OASIS for this week’s review of Ready Player One (2018). Adapted from Ernest Cline’s popular novel by none other than Steven Spielberg, the film follows Wade Watts and his avatar, Parzival, on a quest to complete a series of challenges and keep the multi-world digital space out of the hands of IOI, an evil corporation looking to lock down and commodify the OASIS.
Starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg and more, the story indulges in a slew of 80s pop culture references and offers a look at what our world could look like in the very near future.
The Filmlosophers, Eddie Villanueva, Chad Riley and Spencer Williams, welcome VideoGameBANG host David Webb for a little wave riding and cave diving in this week’s review of the reinvented Tomb Raider (2018). Adapted from the most recent video game from which the franchise gets its name (and fame), the film stars Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins and Daniel Wu. Vikander reimagines the role originally brought to the silver screen by Angelina Jolie, prompting many skeptical fans to wonder whether this new interpretation will face the same creative challenges of the previous two films.
In movie news, we spend a few minutes discussing the new Avengers: Infinity War (2018) trailer.
The Filmlosophers, Eddie Villanueva, Chad Riley and Spencer Williams, journey across the multiverse with this week’s review of A Wrinkle in Time (2018), the first child-focused feature film from acclaimed director Ava DuVernay. Starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and newcomers Storm Reid, Levi Miller and Deric McCabe, the film is a live-action adaptation of the popular children’s novel of the same name. While much of the underlying storyline of the film remains faithful to the source material, a number of elements have been updated and reinterpreted for a modern audience.
In movie news, we discuss the Tomb Raider (2018) reboot starring Alicia Vikander.
The Filmlosophers, Eddie Villanueva, Chad Riley and Spencer Williams, host their annual Oscars after party with a recap of this year’s major wins, upsets, inspiring moments and awkward wardrobe selections. Recap the 90th annual Academy Awards and relive the triumph of winners such as Guillermo del Toro, Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Jordan Peele and others representing some of the previous year’s most critically acclaimed movies. From The Shape of Water (2017) to Coco (2017), and everything in between, the night was full of ups and downs...and no mislabeled envelopes.
A number of prominent social themes and political references were prominent during the 2018 ceremony as well, with both presenters and winners speaking openly about current events and utilizing their platform to promote their stance on various causes.