Movie Review: Suicide Squad (2016) *Does DC Turn it Around?*


Since its stunning first trailer appeared last year, this movie looked like a slam-dunk for DC.  After Batman vs. Superman’s negative reaction, Suicide Squad was still there to stem the tide.  That’s why it has been so disheartening to hear negative review after negative review slam the film.  I went in with an open-mind, and I’m going to offer as spoiler-free a review as I can.  Suicide Squad is the best DC film (live or animated) this year.  That’s not to say I just gave it a huge compliment.  This is a film that has clearly been tampered with last-minute, suffers from some really dodgy CGI, and a key performance that drags the movie down.  In many ways it feels like two films; the first and second hour.  Ultimately, this is an extremely flawed film, but there are some fantastic performances and enough DC fan candy to make it worthwhile, but there’s an amazing film buried in all of this that got completely butchered in the editing room and in reshoots (The Hollywood Reporter two days ago did a big piece on the behind the scenes drama; click here to read). Continue reading Movie Review: Suicide Squad (2016) *Does DC Turn it Around?*

Trailer Time: Dunkirk Teaser #1 (2017) *Christopher Nolan’s WWII Epic*

We have our first look at one of 2017’s most anticipated films: Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic: Dunkirk.  Nolan’s last outing, Interstellar, was not among my favorite of his films (which is to say I merely “really liked it” instead of “memorized it”).  I’m not sure how much that had to do with the loss of Nolan’s cinematographer from Memento through The Dark Knight Returns: Wally Pfister.  Interstellar’s cinematographer, Hoyte Van Hoytema, returns as does longtime Nolan composer, Hans Zimmer.

Nolan is not only, in my opinion, the best director working, but also one of the most talented writers in any medium.  The screenplay for Dunkirk was written by Nolan.  Dunkirk, was not so much a battle as it was, perhaps, the most miraculous retreat in all of warfare.  It was the early days of WWII, the Nazis were steamrolling through France, and all Allied efforts were failing.  Suffering immense casualties, the remaining 300,000 troops were cornered in a tiny town called Dunkirk on the French coast.  They assumed they would meet their end there, but from across the British channel came not only military ships for evacuation, but literally anything that could float.  If you could sail it, British citizens set out to save their troops.  It’s an astounding story and I’m very much looking forward to Nolan’s telling of it.

The film stars James D’Arcy, Harry Styles, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Brannagh, and Mark Rylance.  Dunkirk will open in IMAX and regular theaters on July 21, 2017.