Christopher Nolan has become a signature filmmaker of the modern era, crafting popular entertainment that redefines the source material and challenges the audience experience, whether it has been the comic book superhero film (‘The Dark Knight’ Trilogy) or film noir (‘Memento’, ‘Inception’). With ‘Dunkirk’ he turns his lens and pen (he’s the sole credited writer… Continue reading ‘Dunkirk’ – Masterpiece of Time, Sound, & Fury
Writer/Director Edgar Wright’s sensibilities are on full display in his latest pop-comic-thriller-adrenaline ride of a film, ‘Baby Driver.’ This is his take on the heist movie; the one-last-job story so prevalent in gangster films, but here in a unique celebration of music and romance that is so packed with scene after scene of excitement, it… Continue reading ‘Baby Driver’ – A Pop Symphony of Exhilaration?
In studio Warner Brothers’ haste to create their own linked comic-book superhero universe to rival Marvel, with iconic DC characters Superman, Batman, etc. in films like ‘Batman V. Superman’ and ‘Suicide Squad,’ they went for style over substance, visual excess over character build. With the arrival of director Patty Jenkins’ stellar origin film, ‘Wonder… Continue reading ‘Wonder Woman’ – Beauty, Grace, True Heroism, the Whole Package?
The ‘Alien’ franchise may have been shepherded by director Ridley Scott way back in 1979, but it certainly has taken on a life of its’ own, complete with a complex fictional xeno-biological mythology. Scott explored the universe of his original film through 2012’s prequel ‘Prometheus,’ prompting a decidedly divisive response from fans who weren’t… Continue reading ‘Alien: Covenant’ – What Makes Ridley Scott and his Xenomorphs Tick?
Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ shocked movie audiences and comic book fans when it came out in August of 2014. It was a film that flew its’ freak flag high, carving out a weird corner across the galaxy, away from the more grounded characters previously introduced in the MCU, but it all clicked. Sporting a bright… Continue reading ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ – More Kooky Fun and Surprising Pathos?
The conceit fueling Netflix’s latest binge-worthy original program, ’13 Reasons Why,’ is an extremely challenging one. Its’ exploration of the events that led to a teenage girl’s suicide could be construed as exploitation of a very serious subject, but since the series’ structure is so compelling and its’ content so wrenching, it succeeds on multiple… Continue reading ‘13 Reasons Why’ – Addictive and Exploitive, or Absorbing and Vital?
In order to even begin to enjoy the “The Fast and the Furious” movie series, a healthy suspension of disbelief and willingness to put aside notions of logic are required. The latest installment, ‘The Fate of the Furious,’ the 8th (?!) in a steady two-year release cycle starting in 2001, is no exception. The movie… Continue reading ‘The Fate of the Furious’ – A Franchise Firing on all Cylinders or Running Out of Gas?