Pete Docter has emerged, over the years, to be the best director to come out of the Pixar brain trust that brought the original Toy Story to screens in 1995. Monsters, Inc. was Docter’s first solo effort and, like Up and Inside Out after it, it’s very concept is an imagination coup in a company known for mind-blowing feats of imagination. Unlike Up and Inside Out, Monsters never entirely lives up to its central idea (and the less said about the sequel the better), but the film is still an extremely solid entry in Pixar’s very competitive library of classics.
All kids have a feeling that there’s a monster somewhere in their bedrooms. Docter uses this idea to form an entire society of monsters that live benignly off of the power generated by the screams of children. It’s such a fantastic idea, and no scene realizes it better than the climatic chase between Mike & Sully and Randall as they race to try to get Boo back to her bedroom door. The planet and reality hopping chase shows the full warehouse of doors and provides for the film’s best action (and some of its funniest moments).
Coming out of last year’s Comic Con, I thought Kong Skull Island was the most impressive looking film of the bunch, and I had high hopes for cinema’s ape emeritus going into his first outing since the bloated mess that was Peter Jackson’s King Kong. This film takes place in the MONARCH Universe (I’m not sure if there’s an official name) along with Gareth Edward’s Godzilla and the upcoming-wait for it-Godzilla vs. King Kong. Like Godzilla, the film gets the monster right. This is an interesting take on Kong, and one that does him justice. The problem, like in Godzilla, are the humans surrounding him. Continue reading Movie Review: Kong Skull Island (2017) *Kong’s Island is Hollow*
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*
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. Week 2 of March Movie Madness only has one major release, but when you’re the size of Kong, one will do. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (3/10/2017): Kong Skull Island
Well, if Kong: Skull Island accomplishes nothing else, it will have made some of the best-produced, most stylish, gorgeously cinematic trailers of recent years. I really liked Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, but this looks ten times better and if it is, and they can make a showdown film between these monsters as epic as this looks….then we will have achieved true monster awesomeness. Kong Skull Island is Film #2 in March Movie Madness 2017 and opens March 10, 2017.
Continue reading Trailer Time: Kong Skull Island Trailer #3 (2017) *KONG!*