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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Chicago to Herald New Film Festival with its Inaugural Cinepocalypse Fest

Chicago to Herald New Film Festival with its Inaugural Cinepocalypse Fest

| September 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Music Box Theatre in Chicago is once again proving why it is one of the best theaters in the country for film and independent cinema. This year the venue will host the first ever Cinepocalypse Festival, an evolution of the program designed of Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival.

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Atomic Blonde is a Subversive Adrenaline Rush

Atomic Blonde is a Subversive Adrenaline Rush

| July 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Atomic Blonde is an action movie masterpiece on par with John Wick, Baby Driver and The Raid. But its story, about spies in Berlin at the end of the Cold War, elevates it far beyond the others. Wick, as mind-blowing as it is, tells a very straight forward story. Atomic Blonde on the other hand […]

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Transformers: The Last Knight Needs to be Last Bow for Bay

Transformers: The Last Knight Needs to be Last Bow for Bay

| June 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

First off let’s get one thing out of the way, Transformers: The Last Knight isn’t quite as painful as the critics make it out to be in their reviews.

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The Fate of the Furious One Fast Film Too Many

The Fate of the Furious One Fast Film Too Many

| April 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Fast and the Furious franchise has seen a lot of ups and downs over the last 16 years. The Fate of the Furious, now the eighth movie in the series seems to have finally marked the point where the series jumped the shark.

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Ghost in the Shell Remains True to its Source

Ghost in the Shell Remains True to its Source

| March 31, 2017 | 1 Comment

The live-action Ghost in the Shell is easily one of the purest anime adaptations of all-time. That statement may be met with quite a bit of controversy given the whitewashing issue surrounding the film but, by the end, even that issue seems resolved.

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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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