This is a pretty good movie.
It has some pretty good action moments and some pretty good special effects. Like that sequence when the Millenium Falcon soars through Jakku? Pretty good!
It also has some pretty good emotional beats. Like that moment when Rey Force-grabbed Luke's lightsaber, and she proved herself to be a strong female character with real emotional weight? That was pretty good.
You know what else was pretty good? Seeing all those classic characters we all know…
Maybe the best spy movie of the modern era.
The world of TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY is one of shadows. Nothing is laid out neatly to the viewer. No title cards for exotic locations, rarely do the characters put names to faces, there are rare expository scenes but it the film forces the viewer to pay attention.
Much like the spy world these characters inhabit, we have to piece together the answers.
There's little lag time. There's a transition scene…
[This is from my original Top 10 of 2010 post. SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD placed number 1 on my list. Save for a few grammatical errors, I wouldn't change a thing about what I said back then.]
From the incredible opening credits to the final touching moments, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is the most innovative, energetic, fun, and best movie of the year and recent memory.
The movie is perfect.
Edgar Wright has been honing his style for…
Kenneth Branagh directs a Kenneth Branagh film, co-starring Kenneth Branagh.
Kenneth Branagh is not going to let you forget this in a movie called JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT.
First, let's re-meet Jack Ryan.
The first act of the film does a good job of re-re-re-introducing us to Jack Ryan. Chris Pine's Jack Ryan joined the military after dropping out of The London School of Economics after watching 9/11 unfold before him. He ends up injured (Ryan has a terrible back…