Stripping most of the myth from the man, Brett Ratner’s “Hercules” offers a nearly secular take on the legendary hero. Portraying the mythical demigod as a mercenary who may or may not have Olympian heritage, the film works hard to provide BC-centric action, beats, adventure, and fun without the expected fantasy elements. While it may not all be completely successful, the adventure is rousing, and the film is surprisingly entertaining.
Beginning with a narrated introduction to Hercules and his legendary…
Classic, contemporary, and cautionary, Alex Garland's "Ex Machina" is a remarkable science fiction film. An observation of character, attraction, love, and survival shown through a lens of artificial intelligence and robotics, the film possesses a provocative brain and the soul of a thriller. Instantly compelling and thoroughly enveloping, it is a confidently executed and grippingly told genre tale.
Garland's story follows Caleb, a software coder who is brought to a remote compound to test the quality of artificial intelligence in…
"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…