Friday, December 15, 2017

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI - Heir to the Empire

"This is not going to go the way you think."

Listen to ya boy. He's not wrong.

Friday, November 17, 2017

JUSTICE LEAGUE - You can't save this franchise alone

So. . . do you also like DC's superhero characters? Ok, good.

. . . Did you also like The Avengers?

Well, I've got some good news, and some bad news. . .

Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

IT - Return of the King

Well. Get ready to see a lot of scary clowns this Halloween.

Like, even more than usual.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

BABY DRIVER - Drive it Like You Stole it

There are few things seemingly more dangerous in modern film culture than playing in familiar genre playgrounds without hiding behind genre language when trying for genuine emotion. Especially when you're as well-known for genre-savvy as someone like Edgar Wright.

Make no mistake, Wright is no stranger to genuine drama in his films, but he's always felt. . .let's say, comfortable in how he's been able to couch it within whatever previous context his films have used - especially in his non-adaptions. There's a lot to parse about the subtext of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End, but there's a feeling of safety when dealing with movies that are send-ups of zombie films, buddy cop actioners, or sci-fi invasion flicks.

Much like its title character, Baby Driver throws that caution to the winds to reach for something, and it may just end up being Wright's best movie for it.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

WONDER WOMAN - "They do not deserve you."

Wonder Woman is important.

I don't just mean that the character is an important icon to young girls who have few enough superhero role models that are regularly given visibility the way Diana Prince has (though she's still strangely under-served by modern media after 75 years), and I don't just mean that Patty Jenkins' film is important to the increasingly-struggling DC Extended Universe (though it absolutely is). Wonder Woman as an idea is important, because she embodies the concept that compassion is the greatest strength, that loyalty is greater than greed, and that love is mightier than hate.

And we need to be reminded of that every now and then. Especially now.