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?
Sometimes a film comes out of nowhere and just absolutely kills it on every level; the recent wide release, after a well-regarded limited release, of neo-western / noir, ‘Hell or High Water,’ is one such example. Written by television character actor turned screenwriter, Taylor Sheriden (‘Sicario’), directed by English-born David Mackenzie (‘Starred Up’), and starring Chris Pine, Ben… Continue reading ‘Hell or High Water’ – Modern American Crime Classic?
The third entry into the modern re-imagining of the sci-fi classic series, ‘Star Trek – Beyond,’ is a polished, if somewhat by-the-numbers, episodic outing of a franchise that appears to be humming along well. The stage was set by director, now producer, J.J.Abrams, who worked with his writers and actors to forge a series that may be… Continue reading ‘Star Trek – Beyond’ – A Slick but Slight Episode?