Matt Singer is the managing editor and film critic of the website ScreenCrush.com. For five years, he was the on-air host of IFC News on the Independent Film Channel, hosting coverage of film festivals and red carpets around the world. He’s been a frequent contributor to the television shows CBS This Morning Saturday and Ebert Presents At the Movies, and his writing has also appeared in print and online at The Village Voice, The Dissolve, and Indiewire.
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Last week we put it to you, the readers of ScreenCrush: What was the best movie of summer 2015? What was the worst movie? Who gave the best performance? What were the overrated and underrated movies? What movie most deserves a sequel? And what summer 2016 movie are you most excited to see?
His first four words are perhaps the most unnecessary introduction in the history of human civilization:
The Hateful Eight media tour has begun.
When you type the words “Jesse Eisenberg bad interview” into Google, you get over 2 million results.
Fifty Shades of Grey has nearly $570 million in worldwide ticket sales, an enormous amount of anticipation for its two sequels, and an impressive collection of designer ties, whips, and riding crops. What it doesn’t have is a director for the next Fifty Shades film, Fifty Shades Darker, which is supposed to open in theaters in a year and a half, but is still searching for a filmmaker to replace Sam Taylor-Johnson. She left the franchise after not seeing eye-to-eye with Fifty Shades author E.L. James about the direction of the franchise.
When it’s all said and done, the summer of 2015 will be remembered for a few things. The way Jurassic World dominated the humanoid world; the ocean of tears that flooded theaters showing Inside Out; Straight Outta Compton topping superheroes and reboots at the August box office. What’s likely to get overlooked amidst those stories is the summer’s biggest theme, one that ran through many of the season’s biggest hits and flops: Terrible parents.
Here at ScreenCrush we have our own favorites and flops, but we want your opinion. What movies made the biggest impact on your summer? Which actors gave performances that stuck with you? Was Fantastic Four the worst movie of the the summer or the worst thing ever in the history of mankind? What franchises most deserve new installments in future years? And speaking of future years, what 2016 blockbuster are you most looking forward to right now? Let your voice be heard and vote in our polls below.
Good ol’ Franchise Viagra is at it again.
Agent 47 is a perfect assassin, designed in a lab to kill with ruthless efficiency and accuracy. Mad scientists tweaked his genetics to enhance his toughness and diminish his emotions, because emotions make people weak. In his line of work — murdering people, all day, everyday, for money — it is better not to feel.
If you follow even a couple of film critics on Twitter, then you know The Witch. This debut film by director Robert Eggers was a sensation at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Best Director award and also the award for Most Orgasmic Tweets By Film Critics. To wit: