My wife died of cancer. It’ll be two years in October. That’s the whole reason I started Killing Time. I needed a place to go, a place to be where there was no cancer, no death, no pity, and no tears. When someone you love dies, no one really knows what to say other than how sorry they are, but they do seem to fire books at you by the truckload. I never got that. Why would I want to read more about grief when it was my whole life? That being said, most I just flipped through. Only two helped me at all. Early on, it was A Grief Observed by CS Lewis. It’s essentially a journal Lewis kept in the days and months following his wife’s death from cancer (a story that is brilliantly told by Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger in Shadowlands). After awhile, when grief is all you have known for ages, you stagnate. That’s when a dear friend of mine gave me Patrick Ness’s masterpiece A Monster Calls. Continue reading Trailer Time: A Monster Calls Trailer #1 (2016) *A Literary Masterpiece Comes to the Screen*
Sadly, instead of a Ghostbusters III, next week we’re getting a remake of the classic film with an inverted gender cast. The film’s director, Paul Feig, is making waves by screaming that the negative buzz that’s surrounded the film pretty much since its announcement and DEFINITELY after we saw the first trailer is a misogynistic response. No, Paul. No, it’s not. I love Kristen Wiig, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Hemsworth, and Melissa McCarthy (not familiar with the fourth member). The problem with the remake, and I am not going to even bother seeing it because it never needed making, is that everything about it looks stupid. It’s unfunny. It’s trying to piggyback on one of the most beloved films of the 1980’s without doing any work to justify its existence. That’s why everyone pre-hates it. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Ghostbusters (1984) “He Slimed Me”
Pixar’s transformation from immortally impeccable studio to mere animation firm has a lot of reasons, but the most pressing among them is the sequelization of their earlier hits. The Good Dinosaur managed to be awful on its own, but Monsters University was-at best-average and Cars 2 we shall not speak of. I SAID WE SHALL NOT SPEAK OF IT! These sequels were done, after Toy Story managed a perfect trilogy; two sequels that didn’t diminish Pixar’s first film and most iconic characters, but built on it, expanded their world and deepened the audience’s bond with Woody, Buzz & Co. (yes, I know they’re making Toy Story 4, but for the purposes of this introductory paragraph it harshes my rhetorical groove). So which would Finding Dory be? Thirteen years after Finding Nemo, would Dory make things better or worse for its corner of Pixardom? Happily, I can say that Finding Dory is a Pixar classic that pairs perfectly with its predecessor. Continue reading Movie Review: Finding Dory (2016) *What Would Dory Do?*
Rather than a continuation of the weirdness that was Prometheus, FOX is going back to basics with its Aliens series. Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, Chappie) has signed to direct a fifth film in the series that will give Ellen Ripley’s story “a proper ending”. From his words in the Coming Soon article below, it seems like Blomkamp will bypass Aliens 3 and 4, much like Bryan Singer did with The Man of Steel’s series in Superman Returns. I can’t think of a director more suited to getting the Aliens series back on track than Blomkamp. My only disappointment was I was hoping he’d do one of the Star Wars spin-offs, but this certainly isn’t a bad consolation prize. Sigourney Weaver will return to the role and has expressed confidence in Blomkamp’s ability to finish Ripley’s story.
Continue reading Aliens 5 Will Be Directed By Neil Blomkamp and will “Finish Ripley’s Story Properly”.
I don’t know what to make of Chappie. Basically all of my interest in the film is based on the fact that Neil Blomkamp directed it and I loved District 9 and Elysium. I find, though, in the trailers that Chappie is more annoying than potentially lovable. Blomkamp certainly has a robot fixation as they’ve played major roles in all three of his films, so maybe it’s just how the trailer presents it. Chappie hits theaters in March 6, 2015, official synopsis below.
Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.