A more mature and refined sequel to a solid original film, Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 2" is an effective and enjoyable superhero epic. Improving on its predecessor with a stronger villain, story, and sense of self, the film easily entertains and even benefits from a touch of depth.
Revisiting the friendly, neighborhood web-slinger, "Spider-Man 2" finds the wall-crawler pitted against the evil Dr. Octopus. With his alter ego now college-aged, the comic book hero also finds himself battling adult life in…
Possibly the most stubborn and self-referential comic book movie in existence but one that knows how to stick to its guns. Deadpool makes no apologies for offending anyone as it keeps up its rebellious act with tonal consistency, making it the least mind-numbing of the Marvel films so far.
Although I’ve criticised him in the past, Ryan Reynolds was born to play this role and he adapts the mask with ease, conveying every nuance of Deadpool through gesture and dialogue.…
What is Hail, Caesar!? What isn’t Hail, Caesar!? It’s a comedy, a noir, a historical epic, a musical (of two different varieties), and a melodrama. It’s a movie about the glory days of the industry that churns them out, and how the system so often resembled 1,000 spinning plates wobbling in perfect harmony for a split second. It’s a film about faith, and the pivotal role that it plays in one man’s search for meaning amidst the chaos of existence.…
The reason why this movie works so much better than the previous installments of Mad Max is the emotional stakes. There's a definite upgrade in filmmaking and set-pieces to be sure, but it wouldn't matter much if the journey weren't slathered in human weight. I watched both The Road Warrior and Fury Road presented back to back in the cinema this weekend and the increase in how the narrative is delivered is staggering. Max isn't much of a character. A…
"What if we just ditch all the poetry and have Macbeth and Banquo get lost in the fog for like five solid minutes?" Rather than attempt to situate Shakespeare within a cinematic context, as most everyone else does, Kurosawa essentially looks past the Bard back to Holinshed, adapting the bare-bones story as he might any Japanese folk tale. The result is at once reassuringly familiar and thrillingly strange, and if there are moments in which the prosaic dialogue (at…
"I'm poorly made."
Three Good Reasons Why You Should Watch Steve Jobs:
1. Aaron Sorkin's trademark, razor-sharp, rapid-fire dialogue
2. The breakneck pace and energy
3. Michael Fassbender's masterful performance
Overall Rating: ★★★★
I was dreading a rewatch of this, but since it's basically tradition to follow Alien up with this, I decided to pop in the Blu-ray and crank up the sound and see if I felt any different.
Any issues that I had with the progression of the Alien concept or the surface machismo of James Cameron faded away when I took in every frame of tangible, elemental detail with wide-eyed glee. Not to mention that I failed to…
I've never read a Deadpool comic book. In fact, I've never fully read a superhero comic in my life. Comics just aren't my thing. At the same time, I didn't really have a problem with the recent influx of comic book adaptations as Hollywood tentpole franchises. It's no different than adapting a book, after all. However, I confess I'm starting to get a bit sick of them.
While sitting in the trailers before Deadpool, every single one was a comic…
It's hard to describe the failures of a comedy movie without falling back on "This isn't funny," which is a useless statement because humor is subjective. It's also hard to describe the failures of a comedy movie without sounding proscriptive — for instance, Zoolander 2 is a mess because it throws five or six plotlines together without committing to any of them, but that isn't meant to suggest that all comedies without a strong throughline of a plot will necessarily…
"Would that it were so simple.”
Hail, Caesar! begins with the image of a crucifix as a solemn hymn silently sings within a quiet church, establishing an earnest degree of gravity in a surrounding world of profound, bewildering zaniness. It is in this opening image, soon dissolving into a close-up of Christ’s universal display of sacrifice, where we meet the Coens; not as filmmakers, but as autobiographers. That’s not to say that Hail, Caesar! is strictly about any specific…
A pair of US Border Patrol Agents discover a long forgotten wrecked jeep, a skeleton head, and $800,000 in cold hard cash. Perhaps, they should take the money and run?
Flashpoint stars Kris "My beard is better than your beard" Kristofferson, and Treat "Affordable Tom Berenger" Williams. Kris is the wily veteran, and Treat is the hothead loose cannon idealistic fella. Kris is perfectly cast, and Treat makes a good a Goose to Mr Kristofferson's Maverick. We also have Rip…
"The Voices" is a movie that constantly pops into my brain since I first viewed it. I thought it was good, but there was something off about the massive tonal shifts and grizzle nature.
But upon thinking about it more and more, and then trying to think of who made it and what could it mean as a whole, what started out a simple problem grew into maybe a sign of pure brilliance.
The movie doesn't have a tone or…
“I don't think writers are any smarter than other people. I think they may be more compelling in their stupidity, or in their confusion.”
It's crazy how such a great film ends up buried and forgotten come awards season, but here we are. Fifty Shades of Grey is now an Academy Award nominee. The End of the Tour, however, is not.
Don't be put off by the seemingly boring premise of two guys…