Tag Archives: rooney mara

Movie Review: Lion (2016) “Beautiful Story A Bit Long in the Telling”

Dev Patel, Lion

Every now and again when the Academy announces its nominees for Best Picture they manage to throw me a curveball of a film I’ve heard absolutely nothing about (and that’s kind of hard to do).  I remember two years ago when Whiplash got nominated and I thought, what is this?  A movie about a jazz band?  How good can that be?  Phenomenally good.  This year’s curveball was Lion, and while I have my issues with it and it’s certainly no Whiplash, I probably never would have seen this amazing story without the spotlight of the Oscars, so I big them a rare thank you (I know, it’s shocking; don’t worry, I’ll make up for it on Oscar night and the world will return to….what passes for normal now). Continue reading Movie Review: Lion (2016) “Beautiful Story A Bit Long in the Telling”

Trailer Time: Kubo and the Two Strings Trailers #2 and #3 *Amazing Visuals and an Intriguing Story*

We got a dialogue-free trailer for Kubo and the Two Strings late last year, but I don’t know how I missed trailer 2, then I saw the third trailer before X-Men: Apocalypse and was completely blown away.  I love animation.  I love it when animators push the boundaries of their craft like The LEGO Movie did.  Kubo is visually stunning and features a great voice cast including Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, and Game of Thrones’ Art Parkinson as Kubo.  Check the trailers out, read the synopsis below, then circle August 19th.  It looks like we’ve got a late summer treat coming. Continue reading Trailer Time: Kubo and the Two Strings Trailers #2 and #3 *Amazing Visuals and an Intriguing Story*

Trailer Time: Pan Trailer #2 (2015) *Second Star to the Right…*

When Ant-Man jumped from the holidays to July 17, it did so to directly challenged this film: Pan.  Pan then took a leaping hop backward to October 9, 2015 into the spacious early autumn.  From what I’ve seen, after two trailers, I think this movie could have seriously beaten Ant-Man down and out of the two I’d be going to this.  Not out of disloyalty to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but because I’d love to see James Barrie’s book (and he’s credited as a co-writer on the script) come to life over several films and watch the characters evolve.

pan_3

There’s no Wendy, Michael or John in this story. This is the story of how Peter came to Neverland, how he met James Hook, and how that went so legendarily wrong.  I love Barrie’s book; it’s one that means a lot to me, so a cinematic tribute to that work, expanded with the kind of care shown Lord of the Rings,would be an absolute triumph. Joe Wright is directing (Atonement,) and you have and actual boy playing Peter Pan in Levi Miller.  Any adaptation that uses a grown woman has lost me before it’s begun.  Hugh Jackman plays Blackbeard, the Pirate initially in charge and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) plays Hook, and we all know where that’s headed.   I don’t recognize the actor playing Smee,but hilarious if he was fit as could be and on his way to pirate super-stardom,then we just see him slowly unravel over the course of the films.  Rooney Mara plays Tiger Lilly, and pirates and Indians just don’t socialize well.

Below you have your first look at the individual character posters.  Pan opens on July 17, 2015, hopeful it will be as strong as I’m hoping it will be.

pan

pan_ver2 Pan-Movie-Poster-Hook Pan-Rooney-Mara-2014-Tiger-Lily

 

Trailer Time: Pan Trailer #1 (2015) * Return to Neverland!

When Ant-Man jumped from the holidays to July 17, it did so to directly challenged this film: Pan.  Whether that turns out to backfire on them as we begin to see whether or not the problems in Ant-Man‘s production  compromised its quality.  I’m actually rooting for Pan, to be honest, not out of disloyalty to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but because I’d love to see James Barrie’s book (and he’s credited as a co-writer on the script) come to life over several films and watch the characters evolve.

pan_3

There’s no Wendy, Michael or John in this story. This is the story of how Peter came to Neverland, how he met James Hook, and how that went so legendarily wrong.  I love Barrie’s book; it’s one that means a lot to me, so a cinematic tribute to that work, expanded with the kind of care shown Lord of the Rings,would be an absolute triumph. Joe Wright is directing (Atonement,) and you have and actual boy playing Peter Pan in Levi Miller.  Any adaptation that uses a grown woman has lost me before it’s begun.  Hugh Jackman plays Blackbeard, the Pirate initially in charge and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) plays Hook, and we all know where that’s headed.   I don’t recognize the actor playing Smee,but hilarious if he was fit as could be and on his way to pirate super-stardom,then we just see him slowly unravel over the course of the films.  Rooney Mara plays Tiger Lilly, and pirates and Indians just don’t socialize well.

Below you have your first look at the individual character posters.  Pan opens on July 17, 2015, hopeful it will be as strong as I’m hoping it will be.

pan

pan_ver2 Pan-Movie-Poster-Hook Pan-Rooney-Mara-2014-Tiger-Lily Peter-Pan

 

Movie Review: Side Effects (2013)

"There are always.  Side effects."
“There are always. Side effects.”

A couple of years ago when The Tree of Life came out, director Steven Soderbergh said that he was going to retire because he just felt so blown away by it.  Leaving aside how absurd a thought that is in itself, Side Effects is the last of the director’s commitments and he says he’s done.  I thought Traffic was fantastic.  I love the Ocean’s trilogy.  But, after seeing Haywire, his last film, and now Side Effects, yeah.  I’m cool with him being done.

The film stars Rooney Mara as a depressed patient with a husband newly returned from prison (Channing Tatum).  She begins to see a psychiatrist (Jude Law) who, after consulting with a colleague (Catherine Zeta Jones) puts his patient on a new antidepressant.  Following the gritty and harrowing look at addiction I’d just watched in Flight, I thought ok, well now we’re going to tackle depression, the pharmacology cartels who run our health care system, and really meaty stuff.  The sorts of things that Soderbergh tackled in films like Traffic.  But we don’t.  There’s a sort of medicated haze (intentional?) to the entire film.  It’s so detached from it’s actors, who seem as equally detached from the plot, which zigs and zags all over the place.  It’s tonally odd.  If you’d told me the guy who made complex and vibrant, signaturely directed films like Traffic and Ocean’s 11 made this, I’d have asked for one of whatever you were on.

This isn’t to say the film is horrid.  It’s not awful.  It’s just one of those movies where you sit there, credits roll, and you say….well that just happened.  Disappointing.  Good cast.  Used to be a great director.  Average end result.
5.5/10.0