Every now and again I get tickets to advance screenings of films, and because I’m not the New York Times, they’re usually not big films. Let’s Be Cops was the last one….so that gives you an idea of my place in the film community review hierarchy. The trailer for The Age of Adaline was so painful, that even with free tickets, it was a game time decision on whether I go, but I will tell you what I told the studio rep: “This movie was so much better than I ever expected from the crap trailer you released.” I could’ve been nicer about that.
The trailer makes this film look like an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks novel (not a compliment), and what it really mostly succeeds at being is a fairy tale. Adaline (Blake Lively) through an incredibly contrived set of circumstances that they should have probably just chalked up to magic, stops aging at the age of 29. The rest of the film is a very grounded answer to the question: What would it really be like to never age? Continue reading Movie Review: The Age of Adaline (2015) *ADVANCE REVIEW*
Christopher Nolan is, in my opinion, the finest director working today. I think he’s also one of the finest writers writing today. I am a huge Nolan fanboy since Following and he’s delivered some of my favorite films. In fact, the last five Nolan films I’ve rated 10.00s so we knew that streak was going to have to stop at some point. In a movie like this, where plot is everything, and arguing the minutae of the plot would ruin the experience for people planning to go, I’m going to write this relatively brief review and we can hash out finer points in the comments. Suffice it to say as a quick summary: this Nolan film was not a sixth 10.
Continue reading Movie Review: Interstellar (2014) *Spoiler-Free As Possible*
As readers will know, I’ve expressed a little bit of concern when it comes to Maestro Nolan’s latest upcoming cinematic adventure (click here for rant). I say this with only the love one could bring to an intervention for a glue-sniffing family member, because I love Nolan and I want this to be good so badly. I REQUIRE this to be good. In MY life right now….this being good is kind of essential. Paramount released the IMAX poster for the film today, and it’s ok. It’s studio cardboard. But the excellent folks at The Poster Posse at Blurppy.com (must-visit site) got together a group of some of the finest poster painting talent out on the web and…well, you be the judge as to who takes home the prize?
Continue reading Interstellar Gallery of Fan Made Posters vs. Studio IMAX Poster
The story is set in the near future, and Matthew McConaughey plays Cooper, an engineer, a pilot, and a father of two. After climate change brings on a global food crisis, he sets his sights on farming. An old mentor (Michael Caine) comes back into his life and recruits him to join a mysterious space mission with the goal of finding another planet capable of sustaining human life.
The movie is scheduled to be released on November 7th, 2014.
I’m not going to lie; I’m still nervous, but likely Nolan will prove me wrong once again. It’s not like I won’t be there opening day.