Jordan Brandes

Jordan Brandes

Jordan is a writer and reporter for PPLA and manages our Chicago-based Team and leads our Music Division. With a background in both entertainment and business journalism, he is also managing editor for the Chicago-based Lumino Magazine.

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Kong: Skull Island is One of the Most Ambitious Monster Movies of the Last Decade

Kong: Skull Island is One of the Most Ambitious Monster Movies of the Last Decade

| March 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

Kong: Skull Island is finally a monster movie worthy of the King of the Apes. Kong, who has been a monster movie staple since his first iconic appearance in 1933, has been in countless movies over the decades but many have chosen to simply retell the same story again and again. Skull Island is a […]

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The Power Rangers Are Coming Together to End the Global Water Crisis

The Power Rangers Are Coming Together to End the Global Water Crisis

| March 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

This week, Lionsgate and Thirst Project launched a fundraising and awareness-raising campaign, Together We Are More, in collaboration with Saban’s Power Rangers, which hits theaters March 24.

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Han Solo Movie Officially Starts Production

Han Solo Movie Officially Starts Production

| February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Han Solo spinoff film has officially started production at Pinewood Studios in London. Disney along with LucasFilm released the first image of the full cast together for the first time aboard the Millennium Falcon.

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The Girl With All The Gifts A Fresh Interpretation of the Zombie Genre

The Girl With All The Gifts A Fresh Interpretation of the Zombie Genre

| February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Girl With All The Gifts is one of the most unique and original films in decades.  Let’s face it the zombie genre has gotten kind of old and tired. Between the flood of zombie movies coming out in recent years combined with the never ending trek that is The Walking Dead the it’s a […]

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Party On! Wayne’s World is Coming Home to Aurora This Spring to Celebrate the Film’s 25th Anniversary

Party On! Wayne’s World is Coming Home to Aurora This Spring to Celebrate the Film’s 25th Anniversary

| January 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

One of the most influential films of the 90s, Wayne’s World, is coming home to Aurora, IL this spring and doing so in full force. The film put the Chicago suburb on the map so to say thank you for that lasting legacy after 25 years the town will be hosting a variety of interactive […]

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Disney Unveils its 2017 Roster

Disney Unveils its 2017 Roster

| January 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Yesterday Walt Disney Studios announced its full roster of movies for 2017 and while there may only be eight films on the slate every single one of them seems to be a potential powerhouse at the box office.

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Loving A Study of Universal Romance Against All Odds

Loving A Study of Universal Romance Against All Odds

| January 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Jeff Nichols’ Loving is about love, first and foremost. It is also about how an interracial couple’s relationship led to their arrest in Virginia which eventually led to the Supreme Court overruling its view on anti-miscegenation paving the way for marriage equality everywhere.

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A Monster Calls is a Modern Masterpiece

A Monster Calls is a Modern Masterpiece

| January 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

A Monster Calls is one of the most powerful films of the year and we’re only a week into 2017. Based on a novel by the same name the film follows a young boy coping with hard times who accidentally summons a monster for aide. Nothing is as it seems and in doing so the […]

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Rogue One Blazes A New Trail in the Star Wars Universe

Rogue One Blazes A New Trail in the Star Wars Universe

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Rogue One was always a bit of a gamble. While still taking place in the same universe as the rest of the Star Wars movies it was never meant to be a part of the main story, although there is plenty of intersection.  WARNING MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD.

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Let’s Breakdown That Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer

Let’s Breakdown That Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer

| December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

The first official trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming was released last night and brought with it a lot of new information about the most recent, and so far best, incarnation of the web-crawler.

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