A colorful and spry action epic, Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" makes an ideal comic book adaptation. Its sensibilities taken directly from the paneled pages that inspired it, the film is a quick-moving, slightly goofy, and solidly exhilarating piece of work that easily entertains. It may lack the emotional and thematic depth needed to make it great, but, appearing in theaters before the contemporary superhero onslaught, "Spider-Man" provides a highly enjoyable enjoyable.
The origin tale of Marvel's famous wall-crawler, Raimi's film tells…
A quick-witted and jubilant animated superhero film, Tom McGrath's "Megamind" easily competes with the best of the small, action-oriented subgenre. Featuring a stellar voice cast, buoyant sense of humor, and smart take on the modern superhero myth, the vibrantly colorful film is enormously entertaining and completely satisfying.
"Megamind" focuses on a supervillain, Megamind, who is not as bad as his reputation might suggest. When the blue tinted bad guy from another word develops affection for a news reporter at the…
"Inception," at its most basic, is two things. It is a heist film dressed in science fiction conventions; and it is a study of a man trying to free himself from a near-suffocating past. "Inception," at its more complex, is a cerebral pop-masterpiece. It is an enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and sumptuous aesthetics enhanced by near-flawless editing, sound design, effects, and musical score. Driven by a pitch-perfect cast and the confident directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, "Inception" is a brilliant and unrivaled piece of filmmaking.
"Whiplash," Damien Chazelle's 107-minute-long ode to mentors, musicians, and motivation, is a taut and mesmerizing piece of filmmaking. A quick-moving and engrossing drama that explores the roles of teacher and learner, parent and child, Chazelle builds a film that brims with energy and emotion, bursts with authentic character beats, and soars with a percussive and narrative brilliance.
With its powerful performances, crackling direction, and riveting story, "Whiplash" is a truly great piece of work.
Chazelle's story is built around Miles…