I read that Blade Runner 2049 wasn’t doing so hot on it’s opening weekend, that the numbers were far lower than expected. At the same time, I heard from early views that the film lived beyond expectations in terms of depth and quality. And then I heard that it was nearly 3 hours long and knew why the mixed reviews. The hardcore fans of the original (when it was a cult classic) were the people showing up in theaters, but it was too much for the casual movie-goer who maybe caught the first film on cable once. And then I
Produced by game company Ubisoft, the Assassin’s Creed film stays true to the storyline from the popular game series but with a character of its own rather than pulling right from the game. Ultimately it’s a version of the same thing but with new characters that parallel the originals. And because the film is true to the game, I would guess that’s why it didn’t do well theatrically, it’s a fan film. And for me, since I am a fan of the franchise, I thought it was great… The story follows Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) as he dives into the
I don’t typically review standup specials unless there’s something unique about them. With that being said, I did want to throw a review of Jerry Before Seinfeld at you because it is of course, unique in addition to being entertaining and funny. What’s different about it is that the special isn’t just some stand up act that’s been recorded at a big theater or club, it’s more of a retrospective performance of Seinfeld’s history. That history is about what his career was like prior to the behemoth that became the Seinfeld TV show. This isn’t about TV, it’s about how
Before you read my review please know that I did read the original Stephen King book and saw the first version with Tim Curry when it came out and that I’m high desensitized to horror these days. The only horror (besides the movie The Strangers) that genuinely scares me is through virtual reality. The IT VR promo on Littlstar and Jaunt is something not to be missed if you have access to virtual reality. But I digress… Every 27 years or so people in the small town of Derry, Maine, people start disappearing. The group hit hardest is children and
As a bass player, I was influenced by players such as Geddy Lee from Rush, Iron Madien’s Steve Harris and Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath among others. But there’s one guy that established the benchmark for everyone; one who not only set the bar but raised it to a dizzying height, and that was Jaco Pastorius. Most likely you haven’t heard of Jaco as bass players are not usually the stand out rock stars of the group. But, if you ever heard of jazz legends Weather Report or you’re a fan of Joni Mitchell, you’ve heard some of Jaco’s work.
I really wish I could say this is a funny movie, but I’m afraid I just can’t. The cast is comprised of some seriously talented people but I’m afraid even they can save this one. Based on the Loomis Fargo robbery of 1997 (one of the largest in US history), the story focuses on the players that put the robbery together and how it all fell apart. If you read what originally happened you’ll see that there’s some material there ripe for comedic treatment, it’s just that they left too much of the comedy out of it. Unfortunately, they try
Some stories don’t have happy endings. Some aren’t about action or include heroes in the conventional sense. Some stories are about struggle, fortitude and persistence. Some have heroes who aren’t superheroes, nor do they have special powers. Dunkirk is a story about solider’s survival and about the brave souls who both fought their way out of a hopeless situation along with the civilians who came to their aid. The main thread of the film runs through several different perspectives told through the perspective of pilots, soldiers on the ground and through a father, his son and a friend who take
Just to line up who Ray Kroc is for my younger readers, he’s the Mark Zuckerberg of fast food. Basically, Kroc is to McDonald’s what Zuckerberg is to Facebook – a thief who stole someone else’s idea and turned it into an empire… The Founder centers on Ray Kroc as well as the McDonald brothers, Dick and Mac, who between the 3 of them changed the landscape of food with the introduction of a fast food system that effected the whole world. Kroc is the main subject of the story with some insight into his life showcased just prior to
Angrily disappointed is how I would describe my feelings after seeing this film. I was excited about The Dark Tower as I am a huge fan of the book series by Stephen King (I read every book twice so far) and had much hope with Ron Howard attached as a producer and Ildris Elba cast as Roland. Alas, the will of Ka is strong but not with this movie. Instead of portraying the story as the epic it is (The Dark Tower is King’s Lord of the Rings), it’s packaged as a mediocre action movie. Sadly, very little of the
With the new Netflix show GLOW debuting and seeing how great it was through the entire series, I was seeking more content from the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling to dive deeper into nostalgia and happened upon this documentary. I remember watching the show when I was teenager and this doc brought back all the memories of the fun of it all as well as the crushes I had on some of the wrestlers. GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling is just that, the history of how the show started, scenes from its heyday, what happened to cause
Poking fun at the use of drugs in the world of professional cycling, Tour de Pharmacy is a mockmentary not holding back in terms of subject manner or delivery. Lance Armstrong is included as an “anonymous” source and totally owns his past through some pretty hilarious interview segments. Covering the story of 5 bikers from the 80’s who competed in the Tour de France, the movie showcases each of their stories while covering the drug issue and how it impacts sports. So somehow, somewhere, there does seem to be a semblance of a moral thread peppered amongst the dick jokes.
A reboot of sorts, but in a different way is one of the things that makes Spider-Man: Homecoming fun, fresh and entertaining. By now, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the basic story of how Spider-Man became Spider-Man. This film does a deft job of acknowledging that history but only for a moment before it continues on and defines its own origin. The clock is reset and Peter Parker is back in 10th grade. He’s already been bitten by the spider, he’s in touch with Tony Stark and he’s hoping to become a full-time Avenger. Enter real
The words “this is an excellent film” popped into my head during the course of watching Sully. Smartly told in a 96 minute package, the film has great pacing offering both slow, thoughtful moments while incorporating visually stimulating segments through the various perspectives of the plane landing in the river. Surrounding the unprecedented landing of a passenger jet on the Hudson river by Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger the film is expertly told by director Clint Eastwood. Some backstory about Sully is offered throughout to fill in more about the man and moments of character building that led to his decision making
Crimson Peak is a ghost story presented by the wildly talented Guillermo del Toro who directed and co-wrote the film. Unfortunately the film doesn’t live up to del Toro’s usual standard of excellence… Set in the Victorian era, the film centers around Edith Cushing who becomes enamored with a mysterious businessman named Thomas Sharpe. Sharpe romances Edith and after the death of her father, persuades her to marry him and move to his castle in Europe to live with Sharpe and his sister. It turns out that not is all as it appears and the intentions of Sharpe become more
Tom Hardy plays gangster twins Reggie and Ron Kray who worked their way up through the ranks of the London underground crime scene in the 60s. The story centers around the relationship between the brothers as well as Reggie’s marriage and the criminal empire they built their reputations on. As Reginald tries to go legitimate, his marriage crumbles and his twin’s mental health becomes a point of great concern. A bit slow moving and too long, the film suffers from a muddy pace and dialog that is difficult to understand at times due to the accents and audio mix. It
Wonder Woman is easily the best film in the DC universe since Nolan’s Batman. The story of Diana, princess of the Amazons is told with modern day resources in a way that does justice to the original comic book character. I used to watch the TV show when I was a kid and even though I had a huge crush on Lynda Carter, I still thought the invisible jet was cheesy… Luckily, the integrity to the film is solid as she comes off as the warrior bad-ass she’s supposed to be. Patty Jenkins (Monster, The Killing) directs and puts her
Robert De Niro plays Bernie Madoff in the HBO movie The Wizard of Lies directed by Barry Levinson. The film covers Madoff and the Ponzi scheme in which he defrauded his clients for billions of dollars. Starting with the day Madoff came clean with his family and then leading through his arrest and the fallout that proceeded, the film does a great job showing the lead up to the end of the road for Madoff as well the aftermath of his crimes. Madoff was known as a pioneer in the stock market and was revered by his peers, his clients
A sequel to Prometheus, Alien: Covenant picks up 10 years later following the crew of the Covenant, a ship intended to transfer a colony of people to a new home planet. An accident during their voyage prompts the crew to have to be awakened followed by a possible distress call on a different planet that could be habitable. Once they arrive on the planet, the alien part of the storyline plays itself out. To great effect I might add, it was a compelling followup to its predecessor and answered a number of questions I had that I thought were shortfalls.
Inspired by the series Mercy Street and produced by PBS digital studios, the VR film My Brother’s Keeper tells the story of two brothers on opposite sides of the Civil War. Narrated by the brother on the union side, he conveys the feeling of how family doesn’t always line up from an idealogical standpoint and how that division can lead to separation and tragedy (poignant for our time, yes?). There’s a palpable emotional tone of regret and desperation in not knowing if the man you’re shooting at is the little brother you would die for. Told from the standpoints of
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a blast, go see it. Let me just start with that… So, ok, it picks up soon after the first film leaves off ultimately landing on Peter Quill being united with his long lost father, Ego. Now, there’s a lot more that happens leading up to that as our favorite band of misfits in space has managed to piss off an entire civilization while Nebula pursues Gamora in hopes of killing her, oh and then there’s some big stuff going on with Yondu to boot. Suffice it to say there’s a lot happening