Ok, everybody is going to have a different opinion of this film because it has time travel elements to it. Fine, I get it. Time travel complicates things script-wise and most of the time people get it wrong or they just don’t even bother trying to make it work properly in their own story. But I think writer/director Rian Johnson does a fine job of it in his latest film, Looper. And I’ll tell you why.
There are three monster movies out right now. It’s October so, “No duh.” (That’s 80’s speak for, “It’s completely logical that the studios would release monster-themed movies the same month as Halloween.”) How did I choose to take my boys to see this one? Easy. It’s the only one of the three whose trailer didn’t make them run screaming from the room with their eyes covered yelling, “Aaaahhh! Creepy dead dog!….TURN IT OFF, MOMMY, TURN IT OFF!” Hotel Transylvania’s trailer made them laugh, “Mommy, Dracula made the grown-up man suck his thumb and put him in a time out!” That’s high comedy in Kidsville. In fact, we’ve been watching the “Mini-movies” as they like to call them, for a month before the movie’s release. My boys had entire scenes memorized before they ever saw the movie.
The Master is incredibly acted. It’s visually impressive. But, it’s overall a comatose-inducing film.
I’m just going to come right out and say it: I didn’t get it.
There. That’s my secret shame about movies like this. When a movie seems smart and there’s clearly a lot of talent that went into it, I just know that it’s me. I grew up in a small suburb in Texas. I’m state school educated. Maybe I’m dumb. Because I didn’t get it.
Liberal Arts is inspiring. It makes you feel like you, too, could make a movie. It makes it look not all that hard. When I watched The Avengers, I was like, “I could never do that. I wouldn’t even know where to start!” But when I watched Liberal Arts, I was like, “I feel like I could pretty much make something comparable on my drive home.”
90% of the time a completed movie sits on a shelf or can’t get distribution because it is terrible and no one would want to see it. Eventually it gets dumped to DVD or theatrically released in February, and some of the money gets recouped that the investors have already declared as a loss. However, 10% of the time, everyone involved in getting a film to market is stupid, and good movies do not get the attention they deserve. Solomon Kane falls strongly in that 10%.
It’d be easy to say that this new film adaptation of the 2000 AD comic character Judge Dredd is better than the first one. Safe to say the Stallone version was too slick, too watered down, just generally too Hollywood for this character. But for the second time this year, I’m surprised to find a film that is not only better than expected, but pretty damn entertaining, if even in just a superficial way.
Really? This is the FIFTH Resident Evil movie? Wow. For a series of films that get only about a 6 out of 10 rating on iMDb you’d think they’d stop making these.
What? A movie about a bike messenger in New York City? How could this be entertaining? Well, by giving said messenger an envelope that has to be delivered in about 90 minutes is a good way to start.
Let’s just get started here by saying the Expendables 2 gives us what we had hoped the first one would have given us.
I am probably not the best source for Bourne knowledge. I didn’t read all the books. I didn’t see the third movie. I don’t have a strong attachment to Matt Damon as the spy/assassin. “It’s Damon, or no one!” is not something you’ll find me shouting. I mostly just enjoy them as watchable action movies with moderately believable plots. It’s nice when an action movie tries to give you more than just gun fights and car crashes …but sometimes, that’s all they’re really good for.