Wonder Woman shares many similarities with Richard Donner’s Superman. It doesn’t quite reach the heights of what Donner put on-screen back in 1978. Donner’s Superman is the defining characterization of the superhero. Fast forward to 2017 and Wonder Woman hits all the right notes to give a spiritual successor to Donner’s achievement. Though it’s not perfect, it’s an excellent film that strays away from setting up new stories and continuing other stories from past films. It’s a golden age comic adaptation: one that nails the story and message.
Earlier in the year, I composed my list of my top five films to see this year. Two of them, Logan and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, have already released. Logan was just as good as many, including myself, were hoping it to be. I did enjoy Guardians, but it did fall short on expectations, which is totally fine. With May down and somewhat of a mixed summer ahead, here are my top five picks for films I think will be the best of the summer.
Remember when you went to go see Prometheus expecting the allure of Alien but ultimately leaving the theater mostly fulfilled. Alien Covenant is the Alien movie that would have met expectations of seeing Prometheus. It gives us more of what we know from the Alien world, blending styles from both Alien and Aliens. We get some clarity and resolutions from past Alien films. Continue reading Alien Covenant Review
Sequels are tough. Successful initial installments usually set expectations high. A great sequel needs to have a plot that doesn’t retread similar ground, adds new layers to the series, and remind us why the characters and story are so important and enjoyed. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 falls on the spectrum of an adequate-sometimes great sequel. The plot is intriguing, the characters are charming, and these two elements work really well together. Unfortunately, GotG2 just tries too hard sometimes and loses focus and touch of what made the first one so much fun. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 ends up being sometimes an average movie, often a great one, and the end product is serviceable.
The Fate of the Furious, the eighth movie in the Fast & Furious franchise is on a course to dominate the box office charts, potentially toppling Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ previous record. While the movies get zanier and more explosive as they go on, you can’t deny that they’re just really fun action movies, made for popcorn consumption. Continue reading Fate of the Furious still selling tickets Fast at the box office
Director of District 9, Elysium, and Chappie, Neill Blomkamp, has been chosen to helm Sony’s Venom movie. Blomkamp has been on hiatus since Ridley Scott has taken reigns of the Alien series with the upcoming Alien Covenant. Blomkamp was slated to direct an Alien movie with Sigourney Weaver, but has been dormant for quite some time. Venom will be his fourth feature film and will be written by Blomkamp and his writing partner/wife Terri Tatchell.
Spider-Man’s second trailer hits the web today, courtesy of Marvel. In the latest trailer, we see a lot more of the plot, as well as the introduction of the bad guy. There’s a good bit of Iron Man and Tony Stark too, who will serve as the mentor for Peter Parker. Perhaps the trailer shows a little too much though? Continue reading Spider-Man Homecoming trailer hits the web
This weekend, I had the pleasure of sitting down to watch Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, a remake of the classic timeless tale, but in live action. Since 2010, Disney have been remaking their classic stories in live action format from Alice in Wonderland, to Maleficent, Cinderella and The Jungle Book. While it’s some time since I’ve watched the original Beauty and the Beast, it held some sentimental value for me this weekend, which I will explain. Continue reading Disney’s Beauty and the Beast movie review
Oscar time has finally arrived! This coming weekend, expect the academy to reveal their choices for what they consider to be among the best of 2016 for film. I have finished watching most of the films for 2016 and nearly all of the Oscar contenders. Instead of a prediction list (I’ll give you a hint; La La Land will sweep up and Casey Affleck/Emma Stone will win the big honors) I want to give my insight into what was the best of 2016. Making this list was difficult,, but these ten movies have stood out as prominent front-runners. Take a look at 10-6 today and tune in tomorrow for the remainder of the list. We will start out with the best animated movie of 2016.
Oscar time has finally arrived! This coming weekend, expect the academy to reveal their choices for what they consider to be among the best of 2016 for film. I have finished watching most of the films for 2016 and nearly all of the Oscar contenders. Instead of a prediction list (I’ll give you a hint; La La Land will sweep up and Casey Affleck/Emma Stone will win the big honors) I want to give my insight into what was the best of 2016. Making this list was difficult, I had to organize the list into a concrete top ten and here are some of the omissions that just missed the mark but shouldn’t be overlooked because of that. Here are my honorable mentions in no particular order: