Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan’s 10th film. In 10 films, Nolan has already put together a body of work that marks him as the best director of his generation, but he’s still getting better. The Miracle at Dunkirk is one of the most important moments of World War II and Nolan immerses you in it in a complete sensory experience. He combines staggering IMAX cinematography, lightning-fast editing, multiple perspectives, and a score designed to make you as tense as the soldiers on the beach to produce a film that still feels like a Nolan film, but is also the best war film made since Saving Private Ryan and 2017’s best film to date. Continue reading Movie Review: Dunkirk (2017) *Another Nolan Masterpiece*
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a surprisingly good movie. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was an outstanding movie. War for the Planet of the Apes completes the prequel trilogy to the Planet of the Apes franchise with a science fiction classic. Combining practical F/X and state-of-the-art motion capture performances, the human and ape cast combine to tell a powerful narrative that binds all three films into a powerful tale about the fall of humanity and the rise of a new civilization. Continue reading Movie Review: War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) *Apes, Indeed, STRONG!!!*
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*
Richard Donner’s 1978 Superman. Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. Patty Jenkins’ 2017 Wonder Woman. DC’s trinity of chief superheroes all now finally have a film that will define them forever. That’s not overstatement or hyperbole. I’ve been skeptical about the DC Extended Universe of films, though hopeful at recent developments. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from Wonder Woman going into the theater. I’ve read a lot of comics, and there’s the Lynda Carter TV show, but if you asked me yesterday I couldn’t have picked out a defining Wonder Woman story and said THIS is the character. I can now. Wonder Woman is one of the best (if not THE best) films of 2017, one of the best comic book movies ever made, and the best ANYTHING Wonder Woman ever written or filmed. It’s. That. Good.
Pirates of the Caribbean has to be one of the most unlikely franchises in movie history. It’s based on an amusement park ride, had a critically acclaimed first installment and that film made Captain Jack Sparrow as iconic a movie character that modern cinema has produced. Installments two and three, with the same writers and director, took everything that was good in the first film and completely ignored it, but both films and the fourth installment each made over a billion dollars. It’s been six years since the fourth film, Johnny Depp has a much different reputation as does Captain Jack Sparrow, but Disney plopped down $230 million to make Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (as a Disneyland fan, by far my favorite title of the series) and they’ve already made it back. It won’t reach the billion dollar heights of its predecessors, but it will probably make enough for an unnecessary sixth installment, and on we go. Is Pirates 5 any good though? Compared to some of the sequels, yes. Compared to the original, it’s as tired as Jack Sparrow looks during the 135 minute romp. Continue reading Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales Trailer (2017) “Rough Seas”