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… …movie trailers can often be misleading. Sometimes they are meant to evoke a certain feeling that is utterly absent in the actual film. Sometimes they incorporate every single good part of a film and you don’t find out the other 98 percent is total crap until after you’ve wasted two hours watching […]Read more "Arrival"
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… …remaking a movie or rebooting a franchise for the sake of ‘a new generation,’ is the worst reason to do so. If a film is done right the first time, every generation should be able to enjoy it, regardless of when it was first made. The Ivan Reitman-directed, Dan Akroyd and Harold […]Read more "Ghostbusters: Answer the Call"
I was thinking… …the 3D film format has definitely seen its years in the domain of fad-dom. It saw its first boom way back in the 1950’s, rose again in brief popularity in the 1980’s and infested a smattering of films almost everywhere in between. The two main problems with many of those films was […]Read more "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows"
I was thinking… …when Bryan Singer released the first X-Men film in 2000, he blatantly pointed out his comic book-based movie was not going to be a direct translation of the comic book itself. When Wolverine is trying on his uniform for the first time, Cyclops comments, “What did you expect? Yellow spandex?” The funny […]Read more "X-Men: Apocalypse"
I was thinking… …certain things are actually more exciting to see as a spectator than as a participant. Parkour, otherwise known as free running is one. Fist fighting to the death would certainly qualify. And falling onto pavement would definitely be another. There’s plenty of all of those in the all point-of-view film, Hardcore Henry. […]Read more "Hardcore Henry"