So many of the trailers that came out of Comic Con got me excited for films next year. The only one I saw that left me dumbfounded at how amazingly bad it looked was King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Guy Ritchie may have been able to turn Sherlock Holmes on its head successfully (the first time), but the Arthurian legend and he seem to have been on different planes passing in the night. Charlie Hunan was a great fit on Sons of Anarchy, but it’s become clear in every role since that he’s got absolutely no range. His accent is so all over the place in this trailer, I honestly was laughing by the time it was done. Ritchie’s hyperkinetic offbeat style is not working in this venue, and the special effects look like they cost a fortune. In short, I think this film is going to be one of 2017’s biggest bombs. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is scheduled for a March 24, 2017 release. That puts it head-to-head with the Power Rangers reboot, two weeks after Kong: Skull Island and a week after Beauty & the Beast. In a crammed March, this is going to get flattened. The smartest move would be to reschedule it in a desolate corner of late summer/early fall 2017 when it might even have a chance to win its weekend.
Time Killers will know that I’ve been psyched/scared about Ridley Scott adapting The Martian (opening Friday) for months. The Martian is one of the best books I’ve read in recent years, and I’ve been fairly vocal that I think Ridley has lost it. I’m thrilled by the advance reviews, though and I can’t wait to see it. When he’s on, Ridley is on par with any director in Hollywood. Most people consider his best film to be Alien, and I might agree, but you could make a strong argument for 2001’s Black Hawk Down.
If you’ve never read Mark Bowden’s harrowing account of a mission to take out a warlord in Sudan gone horribly wrong, I could not recommend it more. Ridley perfectly captured the claustrophobic charnel house that Mogadishu turned into for these soldiers. The cast is stellar, the cinematography is the best in any Scott film and why it was overlooked for more critical acclaim is a complete mystery to me. This is a perfect film, and one of the best war movies ever made. If Scott can bring this sort of game to The Martian, man, we’re in for a treat.
I’m not a horror fan, particularly I’m not a fan of movies where demonic possession is the vehicle for horror. There’s something deeply disturbing about another entity taking possession of you that I try to avoid. So why did I go to Deliver Us From Evil, an account of a string of possessions encountered by NYPD Sergeant Ralph Satchie, adapted from his book? Well, because director Scott Derrickson is doing Dr. Strange….it’s thin justification, I know, but this summer has been a desert! Derrickson also did one of the best horror movies I’ve seen in recent years in Sinister. Evil is no Sinister, but I’d be lying if I said I got a lot of sleep last night. Continue reading Movie Review: Deliver Us From Evil (2014)
There’s a great deal of debate as to the actual number, but closest estimates put the number of CCtv cameras (closed circuit television) in the UK at 5.9 million. That’s roughly one camera for every 11 people. While Closed Circuit is not a commentary on the death of privacy in the 21st Century (what I believe to be the defining issue of our day and age), it does use that incredible network of cameras as a framing device for telling its story. Continue reading Movie Review: Closed Circuit (2013)
This looks like it has the potential to be a fun thriller; great cast. However, I thought Tinker, Traitor, Solider, Spy was nearly the most boring movie I’ve ever seen so, given that it’s from the same director, maybe not for me… Closed Circuit debuts in theaters August 28, 2013. Synopsis below:
Martin and Claudia are lawyers — and ex-lovers — who find themselves put at risk after they join the defense team for an international terrorist’s trial.