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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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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Jason Bourne

I was thinking… …this ‘global community’ thing is getting out of hand. Whether you’re doing business with clients in other countries or simply sitting on, watching and driving things that were all built in China, there are definitely times the old phrase ‘Made in the USA’ is woefully missing from our daily lexicon. I, for […]

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Now You See Me 2

I was thinking… …the term ‘movie magic’ has been in use perhaps since the days of actual magician-turned-filmmaker George Melies. Melies utilized his mastery of illusion and maximized the potential of celluloid to not simply record events as they happened, but to tell fantastical tales of places that never existed and create images that were […]

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X-Men: Apocalypse

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 […]

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Captain America: Civil War

I was thinking… …the distance of the camera from the subject can make or destroy how an action sequence plays out. Alfred Hitchcock said the size of the subject on the screen should indicate the overall importance of that object. When this axiom is applied to a combat sequence–particularly of the hand-to-hand variety–however, it can […]

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