If nothing else, The Mortal Engines finally gives London its revenge for being the most oft-destroyed city in cinema history. London literally eats a city in the trailer for The Mortal Engines, written by Peter Jackson and directed by Christian Rivers. There’s not much to the teaser to judge the film (it is a year away) on aside from visuals that borrow heavily from Mad Max, but I’m in to see London get some cinematic revenge. The Mortal Engines will open December 14, 2018.
Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future. The film is based on Philip Reeve’s fantasy novels.
It’s impossible to talk about Hacksaw Ridge without first getting the subject of Mel Gibson out of the way, since this film marks his return to the director’s chair after over a decade of exile following a series of, um, incidents. My honest opinion of Gibson is that he is mentally ill, as there were no “incidents” (to be clear “incidents” means “horrific racist blow-ups”) in the over 20 years he’d spent in Hollywood, at least that I’m aware of, prior to roughly about the time he made The Passion of the Christ. He’s certainly had his career marred for life for his behavior and any hint of it rising again will see a now-socially networked Hollywood descend on him and pick him to pieces. That’s a long-winded way of saying Hacksaw Ridge isn’t just Mel Gibson’s return; it’s his last chance with an industry and public filled with people he’s slandered. That being said, Hacksaw Ridge premiered at the Venice Film Festival to a 10-minute standing ovation at the film’s ending. Whether that’s a byproduct of the industry’s bizarre tendency to selectively forgive despicable behavior (looking at you, Roman Polanski) or because Hacksaw Ridge‘s last hour deserves that reaction is tough to discern. It is Mel Gibson’s best directorial effort since he won two Oscars for Braveheart, a unique story of a unique hero, and one of the most powerful and moving films of 2016. Continue reading Movie Review: Hacksaw Ridge (2016) “Please, Lord, Help Me Get One More.”
Hollywood loves a comeback story, but given why Mel Gibson’s been wandering in the desert for a decade, his seems the most unlikely comeback of all. Though I thought it was underwhelming, his acting return in Blood Father was lauded, and his first directed film in a decade earned a 10-minute standing ovation at The Venice Film Festival. The trailer is extremely impressive, and it looks like Gibson and Hacksaw Ridge will be figuring into Oscar season. Continue reading Trailer Time: Hacksaw Ridge Trailer #1 (2016) *Is This Gibson’s Return to Directorial Brilliance?*
The Marvel Cinematic Universe started eight years ago this week with the release of 2008’s Iron Man. Fast-forward to 2016 and the first weekend in May is now Marvel Weekend. They park a film here every year, and every year, advance an ongoing film universe that now contains four TV shows (with four more planned) and is on its 13th installment with Captain America: Civil War. It is well on its way to becoming the most prolific (it should pass the Bond franchise for most installments in a series around 2020) and successful film franchise in history. The cornerstone of the Marvel Universe is Captain America. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Captain America – The First Avenger (2011) “Grenade!”