Solo – A Star Wars Story (dir. by Ron Howard)
May25

Solo – A Star Wars Story (dir. by Ron Howard)

I’m reluctant to label Solo: A Star Wars Story an Incident. Maybe it’s because it’s a heist film, which I love. Perhaps it’s because the cast is fun to watch on screen. Then again, I felt the same experience here that I did with Rogue One. The film almost lost me until it started to induce some nostalgia. I had a tough time feeling anything for most of this film. Maybe I’ve just reached the age where I...

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Film Review: Alien (dir. by Ridley Scott)
Apr26

Film Review: Alien (dir. by Ridley Scott)

Today is 4.26, also known as “Alien Day”, and named after the planet in James Cameron’s Aliens (LV-426 / Acheron). It’s a celebration of the entire Alien Franchise, but I’m only focused on the first film as I finally saw it in the theatre in 2017. This isn’t so much a review as it’s just my history with Ridley Scott’s Alien. You can find actual reviews all over the internet, and I know very few people who...

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Film Review: Pacific Rim Uprising (dir. by Steven S. DeKnight)
Apr10

Film Review: Pacific Rim Uprising (dir. by Steven S. DeKnight)

Moving to directing isn’t always smooth .Duel was a success for Steven Spielberg, and Alex Garland had a wonderful success with Ex Machina. Conversely, Cinematographer Wally Pfister’s Transcendence wasn’t as well received. Though he has worked on TV, Pfister hasn’t had a motion picture follow-up (though I’m eager to see him do so). Everyone moves in different directions and at their own pace. Steven S....

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Quick Review: The Spirit (dir. by Frank Miller)
Oct29

Quick Review: The Spirit (dir. by Frank Miller)

About 3 years after the success of Robert Rodriguez’ Sin City, writer Frank Miller decided to take a run with the photography format used in that film. The Spirit used the same mix of Black & White with certain elements of color. In some degrees, it works. Miller was known for his artwork in The Dark Knight Returns and Sin City, so it’s not new to him at all. That was something I didn’t realize. I thought in taking over the...

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Film Review: King Arthur – Legend of the Sword (dir. by Guy Ritchie)
May13

Film Review: King Arthur – Legend of the Sword (dir. by Guy Ritchie)

Usually, when I go to the movies, I either eat before I get there, or after the movie is done. This way, I don’t have to get up at all and miss anything. If it’s a film I’ve seen before, I’ll take the weakest part to use as a bathroom / food break, if I have to go. It’s one way I can tell if I like what I’m watching. I got up twice for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Once to go downstairs and get a popcorn and drink, and a second...

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Quick Review: Logan (dir. by James Mangold)
Mar05

Quick Review: Logan (dir. by James Mangold)

The short of it: + Might be Jackman and Stewart’s best turn in their roles since X-2:X-Men United. + Logan’s well written, with some good characterization, particularly among the leads. There’s a vulnerability here. + It’s brutal. Logan is the bloody version of Wolverine we all hoped for. + Moves like the best of Westerns. Just about as cool as 3:10 to Yuma. + Though changed from her comic book origins Laura (X-23) is awesome on...

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