Monthly Archives: July 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

A few days before I had the unfortunate opportunity to sit through the latest Transformers movie, I went and saw another sequel in a popular science-fiction movie franchise. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a gripping adventure story, with superior special effects and spectacular production design. It also features another brilliant performance by […]

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Ugh. About two hours into Transformers 4, I slumped deeper down into my chair, saddened with the knowledge that the movie was, maybe, half over. How can a movie this loud, flashy and noisy be this boring? An afternoon of C-SPAN reruns is probably more interesting than this movie; it would definitely have a better […]

The 25 Best Disney Movie Villains

In his review of the 1982 science-fiction classic Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the great film critic Roger Ebert wrote: “Each film is only as good as its villain. Since the heroes and the gimmicks tend to repeat from film to film, only a great villain can transform a good try into a […]

How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 10 More Sequels That Raise the Stakes

Recently, I mentioned that usually sequels (or prequels, or later entries into film franchises) stick to the same formula, and usually these films will not be as good or interesting as the original. 2014’s 22 Jump Street and Muppets Most Wanted both parodied rather successfully the tired trends the Hollywood Franchise Machine can usually churn […]

Jersey Boys

     I think the central problem with Jersey Boys is the fact that it feels so distant and disinterested in its main character. You figure a movie about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons would try to portray Frankie Valli in a dramatic or interesting way, but you’d be wrong. I don’t fault John […]