As a movie enthusiast you always have to anticipate a Christopher Nolan film. His vision is always far-reaching and he seems to have a knack at making blockbuster material enriched and grounded in realistic themes. Some folk think he can not direct action scenes, some think he brings mawkishness and glibness to proceedings and some just think his films are frigid. Mr. Nolan has become one of the few studio-approved directors - along, for instance, the equally conscientious David Fincher…
It would seem on the surface that the poetic thriller Mud from last year has much in common with Joe. It stars the kid from Mud(Tye Sheridan), it is set in the same type of place and it has the same naive hero worship themes running through it. But that is where the similarities end.
Some years ago, Nicolas Cage was still presumed a distinguished actor and David Gordon Green was considered a 'full of promise' new filmmaker. A few…
Jeff Wadlow needs his behind kicked thats for sure as his take on a subversive satirical superhero movie is disappointingly weak. Violence without moral consequence and despite some neat set pieces there was too much high school mucking about and not enough Jim Carrey. And not really enough of kick-ass or Hit-girl in action either. tacked on predictable ethics education at the end too.
The door is left open for a sequel, but a fresh approach is required if Kick-Ass does not want to become what it originally intended to satire and homage.
Much of Stoker garners a supernatural tone, even dare i say it, a Lynchian feel at times. It is said to have subtexts surrounding adolescence and sexual awakening and although beautifully shot I really didn't 'get it'. It turns into some hokey, misguided homage to film noir type films and murder mysteries with De Palma-esque edges that frankly makes the film a bit of a boring mess come the final narrative twist.
Despite some interesting symbolism and ideas about how…