Jeff York

The Rarity of Rug-Pulls in the Modern Era of Entertainment

The Rarity of Rug-Pulls in the Modern Era of Entertainment

Pulling the rug out from under an audience is tricky work these days. We’ve all seen so many hours of entertainment, even the casual viewer has become well-versed in narrative structure, the tropes of Hollywood storytelling, and genre clichés. For a screenwriter, trying to write a screenplay that will surprise an often jaded audience becomes […]

 Jeff York

Guy Ritchie Returns to His Comfort Zone with “The Gentlemen”

Guy Ritchie Returns to His Comfort Zone with “The Gentlemen”

When filmmaker Guy Ritchie has strayed from making films in the crime genre, he’s struggled. Last year’s live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin showcased his penchant for mischievous stories, but musical comedy proved not to be the director’s forte. He’s best when he tackles the crime genre, as in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Snatch (2000). This year, […]

 Jeff York

What This Year’s Oscar Nominations Say About the Academy

What This Year’s Oscar Nominations Say About the Academy

The Academy Award nominations for 2020 have been announced, and naturally, there are plenty of omissions that have become a topic of heated debate. That happens every year as there are always oversights and snubs. It’s wise to remember all that goes into getting an Oscar nomination – it takes the right mix of acclaim, […]

 Jeff York

The Claustrophobic “Underwater” Doesn’t Go Deep Enough

The Claustrophobic “Underwater” Doesn’t Go Deep Enough

Too many films have drawn inspiration from 1979’s Alien over the years, including countless C-list rip-offs not worth mentioning. The newest is actually an A-list production entitled Underwater and it stars Kristen Stewart in her first pure monster movie since the Twilight series made her an international star. With such talent comes superb production values, […]

 Jeff York

3 Major Plusses That Phoebe Waller-Bridge Could Bring to Bond 25

3 Major Plusses That Phoebe Waller-Bridge Could Bring to Bond 25

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is having quite the moment. In the past year, she’s scooped up awards all over the place for Fleabag and Killing Eve, the two British TV series she created in 2016 and 2018, respectively, including two Golden Globes for the former this past weekend. In April, No Time to Die, the 25th film […]