Category Archives: Classics

This Is Why The Fighter Was an Extremely Personal Film

This Is Why The Fighter Was an Extremely Personal Film

Great movies must appeal to wide audiences. At the same time, it’s often important for the creative people involved in making the movie (both in front of and behind the camera) to have some degree of personal connection to the material. That personal interest in the story simply makes it easier to make a more… Read More…

What You Need to Know about Talladega Nights & Improv Comedy Films

What You Need to Know about Talladega Nights & Improv Comedy Films

Many of the strongest comedic actors trained as improv comics. Thus, many of the strongest comedy films feature actors who were allowed to show off those skills on set. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is one example. Released in 2006, the film gave stars Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, and… Read More…

This Is How Take Me Home Tonight Perfects the Retro Comedy

This Is How Take Me Home Tonight Perfects the Retro Comedy

Retro comedies can be difficult to make. On one hand, leveraging the nostalgia factor to tell a funny story can yield an entertaining film. The problem is, too often, filmmakers rely solely on the nostalgia factor to make the film work. They include numerous references to older movies and pop-culture icons, but they don’t actually… Read More…

This Is Why Immortals Is a Perfect Hollywood Epic

This Is Why Immortals Is a Perfect Hollywood Epic

The “sword-and-sandals” film is a classic Hollywood genre that encompasses a number of famous pictures like Spartacus, Clash of the Titans, and 300. However, unlike many other genres, like westerns or romantic comedies, this type of film is rare. This is likely because it can be difficult to get right. Because these movies usually depict… Read More…

Why Movies like 21 & Over Deserve to Be Classics

Why Movies like 21 & Over Deserve to Be Classics

Released in 2013, the movie 21 & Over belongs to an overlooked but extremely significant Hollywood tradition: the adolescent comedy. While there have been plenty of films that feature characters in their late teens or early 20s engaging in the kind of reckless behavior that would get most adults arrested, it’s fair to say that… Read More…