Aquaman

January 1, 2019 by  

The DC Cineverse seems to want to catch up to Marvel these days, now working on giving each member of the Justice League their own film. A bit of a backwards logic, as the “Justice League” film has already been done. But, things have been a little more uneven in the DC world. “Man of Steel” was messy, “Batman v. Superman” was even messier, and then things seemed to get right with “Wonder Woman”. Now, they gave themselves the ultimate task: make Aquaman... Keep Reading...

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

November 21, 2018 by  

Brace yourself for this one. “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” was a charming, sometimes dazzling prequel entry into the Wizarding World Potterverse. It introduced us to a slew of new characters to latch onto, all of them being adults this time: Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) and Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol), and Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler). All of these characters were well defined and carried a nice little caper through to this sequel,... Keep Reading...

Halloween (2018)

October 31, 2018 by  

“Halloween” is now 40 years old, and every generation we’ve had since has had a sequel and remake or reboot of the series. Following “Halloween II” in 1981, there was another sequel that acted more like spin-off, “Halloween III: Season of the Witch” which wanted to re-start the series as an anthology. But it was essentially “re-booted” in 1988 with “Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers”. In the 1990’s, we got another “re-boot”/sequel... Keep Reading...

A Star Is Born (2018)

October 24, 2018 by  

Bradley Cooper’s Jackson Maine, a crooning country rock/folk singer, has cold blue eyes like a Colorado sky, and a voice that’s soaked in whiskey and croaks like wood. He’s the half of the focal point in the new remake of “A Star Is Born” and I guess every generation’s going to get one of these. We got one in the 30’s, the 50’s, and the 70’s. Each seem to belong to the period of time they were made in, and stay there. Jackson Maine reminds me... Keep Reading...

Incredibles 2

June 20, 2018 by  

“The Incredibles” asked the age-old question in the world of superheroes: what do we do about all the damage they cause while saving the world? The answer is to make them illegal. Of course, this was back in 2004 when there was no MCU or DC Universe in films. All we had were 2 “Spider-Man” films and a few “X-Men” movies. Interesting now after 14 years, we are re-introduced to the superhero family: the Incredibles; and they are still illegal, and now it almost looks... Keep Reading...

Deadpool 2

May 22, 2018 by  

Breaking the 4th wall in a film is always a risk. I recall the late great critic Gene Siskel who said, “If you’re going to turn to that camera, you’d better have something to say.” Some actors can pull it off. Ryan Reynolds turns it into an artform in the sequel to “Deadpool”, the most raunchy of the Marvel superheroes. I liked the first film, even though at times it could be a little too jokey. Reynolds really wanted to redeem the “House of the Dead”... Keep Reading...

Avengers: Infinity War

May 2, 2018 by  

After 10 years of what we now nickname the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Univerrse), and nearly 20 films, we have come to the supposed culmination of what this was all about: the Avengers joining forces with others from other film franchises to defeat a common enemy, known as Thanos. Throughout these films, we’ve been thoroughly entertained by A-list actors portraying high end characters, cross-referencing story lines, and explosive special effects and fairly convincing CGI. Franchises include the... Keep Reading...

A Quiet Place

April 25, 2018 by  

Given how low key John Krasinski’s remote family thriller “A Quiet Place” is, it might be a complete shocker that it was co-produced by Michael Bay. While there are flashes of explosions and explicit CGI, the best moments of the film are in its silence. Credit that to Krasinski and the cast, and the writing–that had to play all the notes you don’t hear. The story takes place a few months after an apparent invasion of creatures that can attack by sound. Evidenced by numerous... Keep Reading...

Ready Player One

April 12, 2018 by  

Dystopian futures are a steady fixture of sci-fi films–particularly “thinking” films. “Ready Player One” is no “1984” though–unless it was an arcade game. But thinking isn’t really the point of “Ready Player One”, the new Steven Spielberg film that really tries to push the video game zeitgeist of this millennium into the forefront, with the idea that in the future we can change the world–virtually. Based upon the novel by Ernest... Keep Reading...

A Wrinkle in Time

March 13, 2018 by  

Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time” is an adaptation of the popular sci-fi fantasy classic by Madeleine L’Engle. Sometimes popping up in Scholastic book fairs and read by children in higher grade school levels, possibly even junior high, the story revolves around a girl named Meg and her little brother Charles Wallace (and yes, he is always referred to by this complete name), and their adventures in the universe to save their father, Dr. Alex Murry since his disappearance 4... Keep Reading...

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