In 2009, JJ Abrams reinvented the Star Trek franchise to great success. Rebooting the original characters in an alternate timeline “…allows us to use any of the ingredients from the past – or come up with brand-new ones – to make potential stories.” Star Trek: Into Darkness certainly does that, while building on what made theContinue reading “Review – Star Trek: Into Darkness”
Predestined to be one of the biggest films of the summer, Iron Man 3 is not only third film featuring the current favorite Marvel character (and trying to redeem the series after a mediocre second entry), but the first followup to the incredibly successful Avengers film and the official launch of Marvel’s “Phase 2” inContinue reading “Review – Iron Man 3”
From the literal meaning of Schenectady, New York, The Place Beyond the Pines has one heck of a leading cast. There are enough people out there who would see a movie only because Ryan Gosling or Bradley Cooper was in it, not to mention both of them. Throw in Eva Mendes and the up and comingContinue reading “Review – The Place Beyond the Pines”
Going into this one, I expected a cheap modern riff of The Flintstones with comedy reflecting the intentionally misspelled title. This family friendly cave-man tale ended up being a pleasant surprise.
When a damaged young French woman (Noomi Rapace) observes her neighbor (Colin Farrell) killing a man, she takes the opportunity to coerce him into taking care of a piece of business for her as well. Soon she realizes that his is a more complicated story than she thought and finds herself caught up not onlyContinue reading “Review: Dead Man Down”
Last week we got a new take on the old tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. This week sees the release of a prequel to the beloved Wizard of Oz. Director Sam Raimi tells the story of how carnival magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) finds himself whisked away to a magical land where he meetsContinue reading “Review: Oz the Great and Powerful”
After a number of delays and a name change (It was originally called Jack the Giant Killer), Bryan Singer‘s reimagining of the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk is finally coming to theaters. The story begins with an account of events that have, at this point, faded into legend. Many years ago, in anContinue reading “Review: Jack the Giant Slayer”
The next in my series of Oscar nominees I’m playing catch-up with is Quentin Tarantino‘s most recent effort, Django Unchained. Part Spaghetti Western, part Blaxploitation, and a hundred percent Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained is an over the top tale of racism, violence, slavery, and love.