Rogue One: A Story Wars Story

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 […]

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Hacksaw Ridge

  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 […]

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Doctor Strange

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 […]

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The Magnificent Seven

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 […]

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Star Trek Beyond

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 […]

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Ben-Hur

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 […]

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Suicide Squad

  I was thinking… …a great story, flawless script and even decent acting chops can still be undermined by poor casting choices. A movie with a mediocre story and a so-so script are somewhat less affected. Thus it is with Suicide Squad. Be warned: if you have not seen Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice […]

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