The onslaught of press behind this film is warranted, but not only for the intersectional reasons the media wants to throw in your face. This is an ageless story about a world we all would love to visit. Who it represents is important, but it shouldn't be a victory limited to race. To leave it there would belie how important it is to humanity that we tell good, relatable stories. This is a great film.
Star Wars The Last Jedi - 2017 Written and Directed by Rian Johnson Starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro After so many movies and so much written and television on the characters and concepts of the force, it was a kind of foregone conclusion that we'd … Continue reading Star Wars The Last Jedi – Listening to old voices with a new ear
War for the Planet of the Apes - 2017 Director Matt Reeves Written by Mark Bomback and Reeves Starring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Ty Olsson, Michael Adamthwaite, Toby Kebbell, Judy Greer, Sara Cannning, Max Lloyd-Jones, Devy Dalton, Aleks Paunovic, Amiah Miller, Gabriel Chavarria In the opening scenes of War for the Planet of the … Continue reading War for the Planet of the Apes (****1/2) is cleverly reverential
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Director J.J. Abrams Starring Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow, Gwendoline Christie Screenplay by Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Arndt Everyone wants Star Wars to succeed. Heck if I had never seen the first film (Episode IV) at age 7, this blog wouldn't … Continue reading Star Wars: The Force Awakens (***1/2) There’s always another weapon
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - 2012 Directed by Peter Jackson Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Sylvester McCoy, Manu Bennett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Barry Humpheries, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott Screenplay Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens, Guillermo Del Toro, Jackson Upon discovering that … Continue reading CPE and Em: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Slightly better than expected
The Adventures of Tintin - 2011 Directed by Steven Spielberg Starring Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis , Daniel Craig, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Toby Jones, Tony Curran, Gad Elmaleh Screenplay by Stephen Moffatt, Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish based on The Adventures of Tintin, by Hergé The faces of The Adventures of Tintin and his co-stars look disturbingly similar … Continue reading CPE and Em: The Adventures of Tintin rolls a bit like Indy