It needs to be stated that what is happening right now in America is a unique and very interesting time filled with a bombardment of social movements, civil liberty discussions and other such things that seem to now be part of a powerful social media, most especially Twitter.Read More
“Avatar,” was a major cultural shapeshifter when it was released 9 years ago. It also turned out to be the last James Cameron film to hit screens. He’s been working on those damn sequels ever since — more precisely, four of them. We did, however, wonder if any changes would be made with the, now, Disney/Fox merger coming into full fruition.Read More
"Moonlight" is a technically better and more artfully impressive movie that "Green Book". However, I just think the final 20, or so, minutes of it are incredibly pretentious. The first two stories were perfect in every way, shape and form -- there was none of the preachy and didactic nature of the last third.Read More
I wouldn’t mind seeing Joe Carnahan’s “El Chicano,” despite its 38% Rotten score. I’ve always found Carnahan to be a decent pulp-influenced director -- In fact, he's been amassing quite an amount of fans these last few years. Good on him; His style is strongly influenced by both Tarantino and Michael Bay, but he still manages to bring out his own voice to the mix. He’s almost like a 21st century version of Peckinpah but injected with a mass amount of steroids. The Peckinpah similarities do get enhanced once you learn that Carnahan also describes himself as a " functioning alcoholic." His debut feature “Narc,” starring Ray Liotta and Jason Patric, is still his best movie, followed closely by the Liam Neeson wolf movie “The Grey.” I wouldn’t put anything else he’s done in a category with those, but there are minor merits to be had in Carnahan-directed movies as “Smokin’ Aces” “Stretch,” and “The A-Team.”Read More
So what can actually happen in the case of Alain Delon and Cannes honoring the legendary French actor in two weeks? Absolutely nothing. But, of course, there is resentment, among a fringe in the U.S, that Delon, who is 83, does not deserve to receive an honorary Palme d’Or at the forthcoming edition of the Festival.Read More
Legendary writer-director Jane Campion hasn’t directed a movie since 2009’s “Bright Star,” since then, she’s mostly dabbled in creating the TV series “Top of the Lake,” which was quite wonderful, but didn’t come close to the landmarks Campion had created over her illustrious 25 year career. Those landmarks are, as far as I’m concerned, “The Piano,” “Sweetie,” and “An Angel at My Table.” I also have great respect for “The Portrait of A Lady,” and the now, thanks to gender studies classes in film schools nationwide , feminist classic, “In the Cut” (a wildly uneven B-movie that is as fascinating as it is messy and frustrating).Read More
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” will be the 7th Spider-Man film we’ve gotten since 2002’s “Spider-Man.” ‘Far From Home’ is set to swing into theaters on July 5, 2019. It will be another MCU mega-hit, no doubt about it. I’ve had more than enough with these constant rebootings of “Spider-Man,” it does seem that Tom Holland is here to stay, he embodies Peter Parker in ways Andrew Garfield just couldn’t, but my excitement for a new Spider-Man movie has been on a downward spiral ever since I heard Raimi was gone and it was being rebooted, before this new reboot with Holland.
And yet, “Spider-Man 2" is still, far and away, the best webslinger movie ever. It may also be the most perfect superhero movie ever made - Its director Raimi was the guy that came closest to pouring Stan Lee's brains onto the screen.Read More
What exactly is going on with James Gray’s “Ad Astra”?Read More
It does look like Scott Z. Burns’ “The Report” will be released by Amazon on September 20th, 2019 [Source]. That is most definitely not a very Oscar-friendly release date, to say the least. The movie was slightly overpraised back in January at Sundance, but I was a fan, by saying it was “a brutal and unforgiving journey into the deepest pits of governmental corruption.” Knowing what’s going on right now with the FBI/CIA abuses being uncovered, I would think this is a fairly relevant movie to watch, especially a few months from now …
It does look like the September release date will mostly just coincide with TIFF, and then be swept away into oblivion in the chaotic fervor of ensuing Oscar season months, but “The Report” could still make a mark, it’s as relevant as any movie likely to be released this year.
I wrote this on AW earlier this weekend:
It started off very slow but the second half is strong. It's not worthy of any awards, but it works, for the most part. Driver is excellent. Ditto Benning as Feinstein. The villain of the whole thing is Obama's former CIA director John Brennan, as played by Ted Levine. It helps that it is very of-the-moment, but I can't see anyone going gaga over this one. It's a very distancing piece of work from Burns, he really goes for ice-cold detachment, which will alienate many.
Mother Brewer’s Company, a Springfield ,Missouri company, which happens to be Brad Pitt’s hometown. They recently had the ingenious, and quite laughable, idea of casting Pitt’s own brother, and fellow Springfield resident, Doug Pitt in a commercial to play, well, Brad Pitt. In it, Doug tries to recreate his own brother’s “what’s in the box?!” freak-out, a scene from Fincher’s iconic “Se7en.” A rather tense moment, which has Pitt’s Detective Mills slowly, but very surely, realizing that his wife is dead and that her dismembered head is in a box riiiight next to him. Suffice to say, Doug, actually holds his own and, at times, shares rather strikingly reminds us of his much-more-famous brother.Read More
I couldn’t even utter a word, let alone type one, after I saw this past week’s released trailer for Paramount’s upcoming live-action “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie. I mean, it was bad, real bad. Add in an over-acting Jim Carrey, basically spoofing his old self, as the villain et voila you have a potential recipe for disaster at the box-office.Read More
250 critics, programmers, academics, and distributors have spoken.Read More
The full top 75.Read More
88-year-old Jean-Luc Godard has revealed that he is working on a new movie. This all confirms what I have long suspected, that his latest feature “The Image Book” was not going to be his swan song. Of course not, the guy lives to make films, why would he just quit like that? If anything, the creative process is giving him meaning and purpose in his twilight years, much like Woody Allen, actually.Read More
Since its release, “Prometheus” has taken a rather harsh beating from the movie community, but why? Yes, it was promoted as Ridley Scott’s return to the “Alien” franchise, which he created back in 1979, but what we got instead was a heady, richly-detailed and incredibly thoughtful movie about humanity, not the slasher film in space that most people wanted.Read More