Monthly Archives: June 2015

Jurassic World

Some movies can be deemed “critic proof.” These are films that, regardless of the actual quality of the film, many people are still going to see. Most Marvel superhero movies, for instance, could be considered critic proof. The general public will see Avengers 5: Iron Man Gets a Hernia despite many reviews arguing against said […]

Christopher Lee (1922–2015)

  “I think acting is a mixture of instinct, imagination and inventiveness. All you can learn as an actor is basic technique.”    —- Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee 

Aloha

There’s an irritating tendency with a few movie critics, reviewers and pundits sometimes where they judge a film more on its production and development history than on the film itself. If a movie runs into trouble during filming or runs over budget or the director has issues with the lead actor, well, sometimes critics smell blood. […]

Spy

It opens with a sweeping tracking shot traveling over blue water towards an enormous European chateau, while the John Barry-esque score plays on the soundtrack. Inside, impeccably dressed millionaires hob-knob with other impeccably dressed millionaires. A smoothly debonair man in a tuxedo slips undetected downstairs. Already, we’re laughing in the audience, as we’ve seen countless […]

Tomorrowland

     “Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.” — The Amazing Criswell in Plan 9 from Outer Space. There’s a sense […]

Pitch Perfect 2

I like Pitch Perfect 2 more for what it represents than as an actual cinematic experience. It stars multiple women of various shapes and sizes, races and creeds. It was directed by a woman, and did very well at the box office. It’s pleasant up to a point, and the musical numbers are fun and […]

Mad Max: Fury Road

This doesn’t happen. It’s been thirty years since the last Mad Max film. Thirty. It’s been seventeen years since George Miller has directed a live-action feature film. There have been rumors and rumblings and mumblings from Hollywood for years about this film. As far back as 2000, when I was a senior in high school, […]