Movie Reviews April 2018

The beginning of the summer movie season provides some big hits and catastrophic flops By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak While cheesy, this teen comedy provides laughs and a heartfelt story that many will enjoy. Blockers follows three parents as they try to prevent their teenage daughters from having sex on prom night. This plot is absolutely ridiculous and has you questioning the logic and the behavior of the characters from start to finish. However, the film’s comedic elements and the stellar chemistry from the cast provide a very enjoyable experience. Most of…

The Garden Review

On Friday, April 13th, the relatively niche indie rock band The Garden found its way to The Shelter in Detroit. It’s small, dirty, and dark — exactly the kind of place a band like The Garden would play in. I arrived late, and I missed the first opener (Cowgirl Clue), but judging by her music available online, she’s an ideal complement to The Garden: not only does her music sound just similar enough to them without being a copy of it, she’s openly inspired by The Garden, occasionally quoting them…

February/March Movie Reviews

February and March provide the best and worst the film industry has to offer By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak The 18th film in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) provides an amazing story, and the best cast the franchise has seen to date. Black Panther follows T’Challa, the king of the technologically advanced and isolated country of Wakanda, and the events that arise after he takes the throne from his recently deceased father. Chadwick Boseman does a perfect job of bringing T’Challa to the big screen, and Michael B. Jordan gives a near-perfect…

Oscar Recap

This year’s Academy Awards ceremony provided a fun yet predictable night of film appreciation By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak The 90th annual Academy Awards occured last night crowing the best Hollywood had to offer in 2017. The Shape of Water became the night’s champion after winning four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design, and Best Original Score. Dunkirk should also be noted as it came in second with three Oscar wins: Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and  Editing. Tied for third with two Oscar wins were Blade Runner 2049, Coco,…

Top Five Super Bowl Ads

In a year of bland Super Bowl ads, these five commercials stood out as the most memorable and enjoyable to watch By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak #5 Austrailian Tourism Trailer Danny McBride and Chris Hemsworth shine in this Crocodile Dundee spoof trailer. Leading up to the Super Bowl, trailers featuring Hugh Jackman, Margot Robbie, Russell Crowe, and several others made audiences believe that a Crocodile Dundee sequel was in the works. However, everyone was fooled when it all turned out to be an elaborate advertising campaign for Australian tourism. Bravo indeed.

Oscar Movie Preview

Here’s a look at what could go down at this year’s Oscars By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak Best Picture There’s a trick to figuring out the best picture category. Any of the best picture films that are nominated for best director, editing, and screenplay, is an automatic frontrunner to win the Oscar. The only film that qualifies into all three of these categories this year is The Shape of Water. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri may have won the Golden Globe, but The Producers Guild went to The Shape of Water, a…

November/December Movie Reviews

The end of 2017 provides excitement in an otherwise bland year for movies By Jimmy Fortuna-PeaK The fifth entry into the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) provides fun action and witty humor, but fails to provide a memorable story. Justice League follows Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, The Flash, Aquaman, and Superman as they team up to keep the evil Steppenwolf from destroying the world. In one word, this movie is a mess; however, there is a lot of fun to be had. Seeing all these iconic characters together on screen for…

The Hidden Gems Review

Casey’s Tavern: Ann Arbor’s local favorite since 1986 By Alisha Birchmeier, Bailey Welshans Tucked away between townhouses and old buildings in Ann Arbor stands Casey’s Tavern, an easy-to-miss  restaurant, since the sign is raised so high on the building. Casey’s is known for its authentic, home-style food and, more specifically, their reuben. When we visited the restaurant we were greeted by a manager who told us there was a booth in the back we could sit in. Having to scoot through people, we felt very uncomfortable and claustrophobic. We didn’t…