If Michael Bay did anything remotely right in 2009 it was making “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” such an unholy quivering piece of cinematic rubbish that anything by comparison seems not nearly as awful. But this gave it much closer competition than expected and without Bay’s debacle, ROC would be my solid lock for worse movie of the year. More
March 23, 2013
Action/Adventure, Comic Book, Film Flashbacks, Movie Reviews adewale akinnuoye agbaje, Channing Tatum, Dennis Quaid, Duke, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lee Byung Hun, Marlon Wayans, Rachel Nichols, Scarlett, Sienna Miller, Snake-Eyes, Stephen Sommers, Storm Shadow, The Baroness 11 Comments
March 11, 2013
December 29, 2012
Only one release coming out Monday (a day early since no one wants to work on New Year’s Day), but it’s one worth making the trek to the store to buy as it’s one of my favorite films of 2012 – “Looper.”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Joe, a low-level mob hitman. They send victims back in time and Joe kills them. Bruce Willis plays the older, future version of Joe, who has returned to the past to find and kill the child who will one day become the man that will ruin his life. In order to protect his future, young Joe has to kill old Joe or neither of them will live to see another day.
Yeah, it sounds complicated what with the time-traveling aspect, which has thrown many filmmakers for a loop (ok, that was bad, but I couldn’t resist), but director/writer Rian Johnson makes it so simple that anyone can quickly grasp everything. Emily Blunt has a strong supporting role as the mother of a child who could be old Joe’s future tormentor.
For everyone that complains about a lack of originality and new ideas in Hollywood, look no further than “Looper.” It’s one of the year’s most pleasant surprises.
December 29, 2012
Cinema Convo Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Christopher Nolan, Daniel Day Lewis, Denzel Washington, Flight, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Katniss Everdeen, Les Misérables, Lincoln, Looper, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Marvel's The Avengers, Moonrise Kingdom, The Dark Knight, The Hunger Games 6 Comments
My promise to you. This isn’t going to be a list filled with movies you’ve never heard of until reading the lists of likely Oscar contenders. There’s plenty of those Top 10 lists out there. My list is made up of the films that made suffering through crap like “Cloud Atlas” and “Red Dawn” worth the privilege of reviewing movies every week.
November 9, 2012
Movie Reviews Abraham Lincoln, Civil War, Daniel Day Lewis, director steven spielberg, dreamworks pictures, entertainment, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Oscar, president abraham lincoln, Steven Spielberg, Tommy Lee Jones, twentieth century fox 13 Comments
With its Oscar pedigree, “Lincoln” was one of the more predictably boring easy bets you could pencil in for Oscar buzz. It’s got everything Academy voters love, but much more importantly, it’s a great movie packed with powerful performances, confident directing and an air of authenticity that makes it feel like a history lesson come to life in a way that few biopics have managed to achieve.
October 9, 2012
Just when you thought Hollywood studios were incapable of making anything original comes “Looper,” an endlessly creative mind-blowing film that captures everything right about the movie going experience.
September 27, 2012
Of all the movies coming out Friday, “Looper” is easily my most anticipated as it features one of my longtime favorites in Bruce Willis and one of my rising favorites in Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a science-fiction film with a unique concept that looks like a lot of fun. More
August 27, 2012
Drama, Film Flashbacks, Movie Reviews, Science Fiction Christopher Nolan, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Inception, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy 8 Comments
One of the more exciting parts of this gig, besides seeing modern-day classics like “Macgruber” and “Marmaduke” of course, is seeing a brilliant film for the first time. Nothing can quite top that sense of awe and wonder about what’s going to happen next. While it won’t be the exact same, I imagine that in watching ‘Inception’ very little of that awe and wonder will diminish from one of the most groundbreaking and original films I’ve seen in the last decade.
This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone since ‘Inception’ was written and directed by Christopher Nolan, the genius behind “Memento,” “The Prestige” and the second highest grossing movie of all time “The Dark Knight.” [2012 FF: Stupid "Avatar!"] “Inception” is Nolan’s sixth full-length film, and marks the last indicator that he’s operating on a totally different level than his peers. He doesn’t need 3D or any other here today, gone tomorrow fad to sell movie tickets. His gimmick? Exemplary storytelling that draws you in and keeps you thinking about what you’ve just witnessed long after the final credits. More
July 19, 2012
There’s two things you need to know about “The Dark Knight Rises.” Comparing it to “Marvel’s The Avengers” is pointless as they’re two vastly different takes on a superhero blockbuster. If you like great movies you’ll love “The Dark Knight Rises” just as much as “Avengers” — just in another way. Secondly, “TDKR” doesn’t reach the heights of the genre-challenging masterpiece that was “The Dark Knight,” but that was as flawless a movie you’ll ever see so there’s no shame coming up short to that lofty standard.
That said, “The Dark Knight Rises” is the kind of spectacular edge-of-your-seat epic that will have you hooked right from its jaw-dropping opening sequence and dare you to resist the urge to applaud once it’s finished. More
June 28, 2012
This news just got released about my current favorite director:
In celebration of the upcoming release of “The Dark Knight Rises,” the film’s director/writer/producer, Christopher Nolan, will be accorded a rare industry honor and will have his hand and footprints cemented into the famed forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
The hand-and-footprint ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. July 7.
“Everyone at Warner Bros. joins me in congratulating Christopher Nolan, who has been such an integral part of our family for the past 12 years,” said Jeff Robinov, president, Warner Bros, Pictures Group. “We are extremely proud of the cinematic legacy he has given us through his films. At only 41, Christopher takes his place alongside other industry giants featured at Grauman’s, and generations of fans will remember the extraordinary impression he left on their imaginations.”
Sure Kobe Bryant and Alvin & The Chipmunks have added their prints to the forecourt — don’t get me started – but Nolan is undeniably deserving of this honor. The guy hasn’t made a bad movie yet and he continues to deliver some amazing sequence in his films that taps into the full scope of movie-making. I’m still amazed that “Inception” was passed over for the Best Picture Oscar and that Nolan wasn’t even nominated for Best Director in 2011.
And I’m almost ready to start the obnoxious countdown for “The Dark Knight Rises,” which opens July 20 that will no doubt include plenty of reflections on Nolan’s previous works and Batman’s film history. Stay tuned. Should be a fun July!