After the roaring success of Godzilla
, the resurgence of the monster movie was officially in full swing, giving studios the green light to release several more remakes and reboots of classic monster films. And while we wait for them to unearth Steve McQueen’s The Blob
(crosses fingers), we’ll have to settle for more popular franchises like King Kong
Kong: Skull Island
does everything it needs to be a crowd pleaser minus one pretty important piece. It’s heavy on the action and comedy, providing a fun escape to the theater, but the overflowing humor...
Christopher Nolan has never shied away from bold decisions, creating unique cinematic effects like Inception's
mind-bending hallway scene, casting oddball actors like Heath Ledger as The Joker, and telling stories in mostly non-linear and splintered fashions. In the past, his creative instincts have led him to great success both critically and financially. Now, he's making another bold move, and no it's not casting One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles (though, that is head scratching), it's creating a PG-13 war movie.
Most war movies before the late 1960s have been given either a G or PG rating and the tone of many of those films instilled a sense...!--more-->
After a two-year stint playing a real life crazy person, wearing paper bags on his head at red carpet events, videotaping himself viewing all his old movies live, riding on elevators with people and hitchhiking across America (plus so much more), I can only imagine Shia LeBeouf woke up one morning and realized he had bills to pay. So, he hopped on the first movie that would take him. It’s ironic, then, that he’s the one redeeming feature of Man Down -- a movie so riddled with cliches and bad writing it’s like seeing a talented LeBeouf put on a powerful performance...
After a ten-year hiatus, Mel Gibson is back with his latest film Hacksaw Ridge
and he isn't pulling any punches. It was difficult to imagine Gibson being able to top his last film Apocalypto
, arguably his masterpiece, but I think after ten years no one expected it either.
While Gibson is mostly known for his work as an actor, his talent as a director is where he most shines, and Hacksaw Ridge
only adds to his superb body of work. It's as brutal as one might expect from a Gibson film not to mention a movie about World War II, but its emotional resonance and strong moral compass in the main character helps give the story purpose and depth. Rather than another...