Charlize Theron is undoubtedly the best action actress working today and Atomic Blonde, adapted from the comic book “The Coldest City”, does nothing but cement that status. Directed by David Leitch, one of the creators of John Wick, Atomic Blonde isn’t so much a female Wick as it is a hybrid of Salt and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. It has some great action set pieces, but a largely boilerplate espionage script that’s elevated by the talent of Theron and co-star James McAvoy. Continue reading Movie Review: Atomic Blonde (2017) *Hardly Nuclear*
In the contest for “Best Spider-Man Movie”, KT readers have dubbed the newest the best. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the sixth Spider-Man movie since Tobey Maguire first started slinging webs in 2002. He and Sam Raimi made three films before the franchise was rebooted with Andrew Garfield and Marc Webb in 2012. Then, following the disastrous The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014, Sony decided to lease Spider-Man back to Marvel so Spider-Man could make his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a small role in 2015’s Captain America: Civil War. Holland rolled that perfect performance as the wall crawler into a spectacular feature debut that is closing in on $700 million globally. It was only ever a contest between Homecoming and Spider-Man 2 (which, to my mind, are the only good Spider-Man films). Homecoming was dominating the poll for most of the month, but held off a late charge from Raimi’s best film to win 46% to 38%. Spider-Man and even The Amazing Spider-Man got some votes, but not a single bit of love for Spider-Man 3 or The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (so good going, guys, I don’t have to lecture you lol). Look for a new poll soon, thank you so much for voting, and start thinking about September when we have our 5th Annual Best Show on TV Poll! Will The Flash defend, or will we have a fifth different show in five years?
I have fallen off The Walking Dead myself with all of the other shows out there, the zombie drama that never ends has gotten stale. That being said, there are still hordes of you who haven’t so when Comic Con drops a five-minute trailer for the show’s upcoming eighth season, far be it from me to pass it along to the Deadheads. Without even having seen it, I’m going to bet Rick is going to be very tense and wrought about something also Negan will probably drop a naughty. Pure speculation. The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 22, 2017.
Ghost in the Shell is a visually stunning film with cutting-edge F/X that will, ultimately, bore you senseless. Between Scarlett Johansson and the art direction, there’s a lot of beautiful things to look at, but it can’t save a dull and awkward script from making a hash of an anime classic. There are, by the way, about 16 different “this shell is hollow” jokes that I passed up because-honestly-after sitting through this I’m suffering from sensory overload and intellectual underwhelm (it’s a thing). Continue reading Movie Review: Ghost in the Shell (2017) *What a Beautiful Mess*
Michael Keaton was one of the biggest stars of the 1980s and has enjoyed a career renaissance thirty years later. With a stellar resume of both comedic and dramatic roles, Keaton has laid down landmark performances in both the DC (Batman) and Marvel (Vulture) film universes, and his only Oscar nomination came in 2015 from playing a washed-up super hero actor in 2014’s Birdman. He’s been an anchor voice in two Pixar films: Cars and Toy Story 3, and was Tim Burton’s go-to actor before Burton and Johnny Depp mutually ruined each other’s careers. Keaton will be reuniting with Burton for the director’s live-action adaptation of Dumbo for Disney. With dramatic roles in films like The Founder and Spotlight, it would be great if someone could find a showcase for his comedic skills, because Keaton’s timing is a thing of beauty. At any rate, it’s fantastic that Michael Keaton is a big star again. Movies are better for it.