A silver case as the MacGuffin
Robert De Niro as Ronin De Niro
in a movie with some of my favorite car chases
1990s S8s and 535s drifting through France with few explosions or supurfulous effects to get in the way
Rogue One handily delivered on just about every scene my 10-year-old mind could have imagined playing with Star Wars action figures in the mud and rocks of my backyard. Seeing gritty, ground-level shots of AT-AT Walkers, X-Wing boosters glowing red in the rain, and TIE Fighters flying near huge Star Destroyers flying near huger Death Star lasers lowering into huge AF Death Stars left me utterly contented.
WTF is up with the uncanny valley throwback characters? Has Polar Express…
As fun as it is to see Rowling’s magical world back, I don’t know what to make of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It oscillates between a slapstick, lighthearted tone as the cast of protagonists seek to round up magical critters and a darker intensity as the long game plot is revealed.
This oscillation was distracting and left many of the key players underdeveloped by the end of Fantastic Beasts’ runtime. The one thing that was clear, however, was that this was a franchise builder. With five movies planned, it’ll be interesting to see if things pick up after this relatively slow start.
A nice little 88-minute sci-fi punch. It reminds me of Moon or Primer when I think about how much it achieves without heaps of sets and effects. It’s a little more straightforward than those movies, however, but that didn’t make it any less fun.
I hope writer/director Tony Elliot (also a writer for Orphan Black) gets to do more like this.
rewatch: ultimate edition
Ok. minus ½ star this time around. I don’t disagree with many common gripes: disorganized script, lack of focus, too many set pieces & plot points, etc.
I like how Evan Puschak (Nerdwriter) frames it—BVS’s fundamental flaw is Snyder’s preoccupation with moments rather than scenes (+moving the story forward). In other words, beautiful, iconic moments are presented with little underneath to lend substance.
Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns left quite an impression on me, so I’m probably…