Star Trek: Into Darkness is a whole lot of fun. If you liked the 2009 reboot, you’ll like this. Is it better than Iron Man 3? Hell yes. In retrospect, I may have been slightly generous in that review.
Even though we get a mob film of the likes we’ve seen before, it is still to our benefit that we get it at all. Why, you ask? Because this mob film stars Michael Shannon as the notorious hit man, Richard Kuklinski, and he is downright creepy, in the best possible way.
Lo and Behold, in 1994, Turner Classic Movies arrived. Ever since then, people have been enjoying, and re-enjoying, classic films in the comfort of their own homes. And even better, four years ago, TCM started their Classic Film Festival here in Los Angeles, and I had the utmost privilege to attend. It was rather kind of Allan Havey to give me his other pass, and I was able to attend most of last weekend.
This sequel also ranks as more enjoyable than Iron Man 2, in my opinion. I think where the second installment under-used Mickey Roarke’s character and just generally didn’t exceed any sequel expectations, this third film delivers more one those points, as well as adding more humor, making it simply more fun.
In a career of late that is surely spotty at best, Matthew McConaughy brings the talent to the table starring in his new film, Mud, written and directed by the also talented Jeff Nichols.
So with The Lords of Salem, I thought I’d have a big fun time. But it turned out to be less fun and more like a toss-up between a trippy, mood-altering creepfest and a weird indie film by people who were way too deep into their drug use.
Any preconception I may have had about Oblivion were irrelevant. I didn’t know where it was going to go at first. It definitely offers things I didn’t expect, and yet, it simultaneously manages to borrow little things from many different movies, and therefore allowed me to se some things coming.
Yes, yes, I know; why would someone remake the Evil Dead? We asked the same question when they remade Nightmare on Elmstreet and Friday the 13th. I asked myself the same thing of all these. But where Nightmare and Friday the 13th mostly failed by simply remaking the originals, Evil Dead is made not by trying to recreate the original, but by taking the same premise and making a film that is both faithful to the original, and creating it’s own identity.
Basically, crazy North Korean terrorists attack and take over the White House. What. This movie makes the whole task look easy. There’s surely a lot of unseen details in the logistics of actually taking over the White House, but let’s just suspend our disbelief, ok?
Was it time for a parody of Vegas magicians? Is it too predictable to do so? I don’t know, but here it is. Regardless of which side of that argument you happen to be on, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is actually funny enough to be worth a look. For much of that, you can thank Jim Carrey. Turns out, he’s still pretty hilarious when he wants to be.