I was initially dubious about a live action adaptation of Disney's version of 'The Jungle Book' with talking animals, songs, and god knows what else but lo and behold what came out of it was a triumph.
On a technical level the film is a marvel but it also manages to work the heartstrings in a satisfying way - a rare feat these days.
Now can someone please arrange for me to adopt some of those wolf cubs?
The 'Die Hard' franchise is without question one of diminishing returns with each new outing but that doesn't mean this third outing is completely without merit. Sam Jackson is as fun to watch as always and the first half is riveting but once the gold heist kicks into full effect the film loses a little bit of much needed steam.
Michael Moore has the power to turn people against each other in record time if you happen to disagree on his merits as a documentary filmmaker but with Bowling For Columbine I truly believe he defined a time period of American history better than any other cinematic resource. He asks some very difficult questions here that ultimately can't be answered definitively but as a conversation starter this is perfection.
The saddest thing about it though is that 10 years later…
If someone had told me ten years ago that Ben Affleck was about to direct three standout films in a row with the third film destined for numerous Oscar nominations, I would have slapped said person hard and unleashed a barrage of expletives at him/her with a thick (and horribly fake) Boston accent. At the time no one would have thought me out of line, but sure enough, Affleck has proven me wrong in a very big way.