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… …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… …it is kind of ironic how the folks at Warner Brothers and DC Comics waited years to launch an ensemble series for their super hero cash cow when Disney/Marvel proved it was not only possible but ridiculously lucrative with each successive installment to their Avengers world. Why ironic, you ask? Well, because […]Read more "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"
I was thinking… …nostalgia can be a double-edged sword. It can act as a filter, removing all the negative aspects of a past event, leaving behind only an idealized version of the memory. By emotionally linking us to our childhoods, it can also be the impetus for providing equally memorable moments for our offspring. But […]Read more "Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens"
I was thinking… …how Ridley Scott films always seem to be exercises in nervous patience. You sit and you simply wait for something to go wrong. And it always does. Scott’s latest outing, The Martian, is no exception. Starring Matt Damon (Interstellar, The Monuments Men) in the titular role, The Martian opens innocently enough, on […]Read more "The Martian"