I was thinking… …an impervious protagonist is not a particularly interesting thing. Superman without kryptonite would not be an intriguing hero no matter how many school children he saved. Ancient Greek or Roman gods would be nothing more than toga-clad snore-fests if they were not somehow subject to and victims of the same frailties that […]Read more "John Wick: Chapter 2"
I was thinking… …when following in the footsteps of a filmic predecessor, certain aspects of that prior movie can be matched, often without difficulty: a matching visual aesthetic, a similar musical composition, even a familiar style of dialogue. What cannot be done with unmitigated success is the capturing of the same feel a film’s progenitor […]Read more "Rogue One: A Story Wars Story"
I was thinking… …every once in a while a movie is released that every school child in America should be required to watch. I’m not talking about some propagandist tripe spewed by the most boring ex-vice president in history. I certainly don’t mean any I.Q.-lowering comedy. There are some films made that boldly and […]Read more "Hacksaw Ridge"
I was thinking… …there was a time, not too long ago, when comic books were looked down upon as kid’s fare, and the thought of any superhero running around in the real world while bedecked in their trademark costume was regarded as ridiculous bordering on utterly ludicrous. But look at how ludicrous the world has […]Read more "Doctor Strange"
I was thinking… …it is as old a saying as it is ironically grammatically incorrect: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This is as true with films as it is with anything else. If a film is done well the first time and there is, for whatever reason, a desire to revisit or remake […]Read more "The Magnificent Seven"
I was thinking… …it is often said a story is only as good as its villain. The American Film Institute lists Hannibal Lector and Darth Vader as two of the top three best film villains of all time and with little wonder. While none of Star Trek‘s villains list anywhere in the top 50 of […]Read more "Star Trek Beyond"
I was thinking… …how commonly the phrase ‘the book was better’ is said by movie-goers. This is because, with very, very few exceptions, the printed story really is superior. Ben-Hur is most certainly not one of these exceptions. In fact, it is also rare for a remake to exceed or even match the version or […]Read more "Ben-Hur"