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. May 19th brings three challengers to Captain America: Civil War, but can any of them take down what is now the #1 film of 2016 (Cap just passed the $1 billion global mark today)? Cap is now the 24th highest-grossing film of all-time globally, and will likely be in the top 20 by weekend’s end. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (5/19/2016) – The Nice Guys, Angry Birds, and Neigbors 2
Kung Fu Panda was a film that had to overcome a WHOLE lot with me. First….I thought the concept was stupid. Second, the trailer made the entire film look stupid. Then reviews started rolling in; really positive reviews, but I still didn’t see it in the theater. I did give it a chance at home though, and within the first 2:16, I was on-board. Po’s Dream sequence is over-the-top stupid funny, kung fu awesomeness with enough tongue-in-cheek that it wiped my preconceptions and I genuinely liked the first film very much. I thought the second was lazy and piggy-backed off the first, but the early reviews for the third installment, really the fist 2016 release of any note, are very positive. Should my area thaw by the time it release this weekend, I may even go see it……or Star Wars again.
Biopics are a tough nut to crack. How can you, in 2-3 hours give an accurate portrayal of the life of a person and events through which they lived? When that person is as maddeningly complex as former Apple CEO and tech visionary Steve Jobs and you’re adapting Walter Isaacson’s 800 page biography, the task proves even more daunting. Director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) and LORD OF THE SCREENWRITERS Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network, 84 Other Awesome Things) pick a brilliant framing device for their examination of Jobs and what results is not only one of the best pictures of a 2015 that is shaping up to be a fantastic movie year, but one of the best biopics I’ve ever seen. Continue reading Movie Review: Steve Jobs (2015) *Fassbender & Boyle Deliver One of the Best Biopics Ever*
Aaron Sorkin has literally never written anything I didn’t like, nay, love. I just finished his play, The Farnsworth Invention, about the battle between Philo T. Pharnsworth and David Sarnoff about who would patent the television first. Really fascinating read. One of Sorkin’s best abilities as a writer is to take a fantastically huge and complex mound of information and boil it down into a bite-sized hunk. Charlie Wilson’s War was a near-500 page book and the movie is a little over 90 minutes. The substance was absolutely conveyed, and if you’ve never read or watched CWW, you’ll understand a lot more about the current world situation and how the Law of Unintended Consequences ended up leading us to 9/11.
Steve Jobs is an enigmatic, flawed, undeniable genius. Michael Fassbender is one of the best actors without an Oscar. From what I’ve seen (and the trailers have been very sparse on substance), Jobs could get a biopic for the ages and Fassbender could stake an early claim on this year’s Best Actor. Steve Jobs opens against stiff competition in Pan and Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk on October 9th.
Aaron Sorkin is my favorite writer. In any medium. Books, TV, Movies, Comics, Video Games; if Sorkin wrote the phone book I would read it obsessively. I just got done binge-watching the final, criminally short run of The Newsroom, and he turned what could have been a write-off, six-episode pity season into a brilliant loop that turns the series into a giant novel.
Speaking of big books, Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs is the basis for this adaptation of Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s look at Steve Jobs. If you don’t know who Steve Jobs is, after someone hits you with a tack hammer, you can point to about ten items in the room in which you’re reading this that he had a hand in creating. He was one of the truly great minds of our time, and I cannot wait to see what Sorkin does with his life’s story when Steve Jobs releases in October.