Saturday, March 18, 2017

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - Familiar Guests

Disney's current kick of remaking their iconic animated films in live-action shows no sign of stopping. Not only did Cinderella make more than half a billion dollars on a budget of less than $100 million, but last year's The Jungle Book wiped the floor with WB's would-be titan Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at the box office. So it absolutely makes sense that the House of Mouse would want to have another bite at the apple (see what I did there?) of one of their most well-known and well-regarded films.

And while it was utterly unnecessary, Beauty and the Beast is yet another - mostly - successful effort.

Sunday, March 12, 2017


Kong: Skull Island is the best movie that Ray Harryhausen never made.

If that sounds like your jam, you're set. Go see it on as large a screen as possible and enjoy the popcorn and giant beasties.

But if you need to hear more, well. . .

Sunday, March 5, 2017

LOGAN - Children of X-Men

For all their ups and downs, the single greatest constant in the X-Men movie franchise has been Hugh Jackman's series-defining turn as James "Logan" Howlett, a.k.a., Wolverine. Even going so far as to provide laudably memorable cameos in films ostensibly not featuring any part of his story, Jackman (who was a last-minute replacement for Dougray Scott when Mission: Impossible 2 conflicted with the filming schedule of 2000's X-Men) has been so magnetic a screen presence that 7 of the 10 movies in Fox's franchise are mostly or entirely about him.

And he's absolutely defined the character for an entire generation of film-goers who have literally grown up with these movies. That's more than worthy of a good send-off now that he's ready to hang up the claws for good, and Logan absolutely provides that.

Mostly by being completely uninterested in being a show-boaty tribute to the title character or pandering to audience expectations.