Disney slightly improves The Jungle Book (***1/2)

To be sure, I am probably never going to own this film. I may watch it again, but I know there will be more sequels, more remakes and more attempts to improve on the profits of this property. I appreciate it for what it is, and I did like the way the characters look like their voice counterparts, much the same way they did in the original. The wheel comes back around and its spin adds not that much to the life of the story.

Exodus Gods and Kings (****): Moses, Ramses II, God and his Angels

Exodus - Gods and Kings (2014) Directed by Ridley Scott Starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, María Valverde, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Andrew Tarbet, Isaac Andrews Screenplay Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine, Steven Zaillian The prospect of a big budget film based on The Holy Bible is immediately deserving of skepticism these days. For some, like Aronofsky, use it to "explore … Continue reading Exodus Gods and Kings (****): Moses, Ramses II, God and his Angels

Ender’s Game: Show Don’t Tell

Ender's Game - 2013 Director Gavin Hood Starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin Screenplay Gavin Hood based on the book Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card One cannot underestimate how badly I wanted for this venture to succeed.  After the heaping of vitriol the producers of the film withstood from those who felt that the book should be punished for … Continue reading Ender’s Game: Show Don’t Tell

CPE & Em: Iron Man 3 grows into Downey, Jr.

Iron Man 3 - 2013 Director Shane Black Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Stephanie Szostak Screenplay by Black and Drew Pearce "Don't shoot! Seriously, I don't even like working here. They are so weird!" Shane Black is the most original screenwriting voices to emerge, … Continue reading CPE & Em: Iron Man 3 grows into Downey, Jr.

The Dictator plays like a heavy handed version of an Adam Sandler film

The Dictator - 2012 Director Larry Charles Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Jason Mantzoukas, Ben Kingsley, John C. Reilly, Edward Norton, Megan Fox, B.J. Novak Screenplay by Cohen, Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer By now, everyone is in on the joke.  There are very few dumb Americans with no idea that Sacha Baron Cohen exists to … Continue reading The Dictator plays like a heavy handed version of an Adam Sandler film

Hugo: A Magical History Come to Life

Hugo - 2011 Directed by Martin Scorsese Starring Asa Butterfield,  Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sasha Baron Cohen, Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Helen McCrory, Jude Law, Christopher Lee, Michael Stuhlbarg, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer Written by John Logan, based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick There have been enough 3D movies made by now you would … Continue reading Hugo: A Magical History Come to Life