The Lobster (***1/2) is precisely as pathetic as it’s supposed to be

The overall effect to me is somewhere between amused and nails on a chalkboard. This film has appeal to people I admire, and I cannot fault them their feelings. It's a little too close to "Sprockets" for my taste. When I watch a movie or read a book, I am in for a different type of entertainment. I don't need to touch anyone's monkey but my own.

In The Heart of the Sea (*1/2) is doldrums

It'd be nice if he could find some way to get himself back into storytelling mode. Something similar to what Reiner has found with low budget gems like Flipped or anything that Jeff Nichols has done. It seems like he thinks he's reached a status of auteur. These things happen when you make hack commercials for political figures or when you win Oscars for calculated half-truths.

Spectre (***1/2) is unfinished business, all the time

Spectre - 2015 Director Sam Mendes Starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, Rory Kinnear Screenplay John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Jez Butterworth The Daniel Craig era of James Bond films have been marked with a higher personal stake, more viciousness and aside from Dame Judy Dench's M, an entirely different cast … Continue reading Spectre (***1/2) is unfinished business, all the time

Cloud Atlas: And then a bunch of stuff happened…

Cloud Atlas - 2012 Writers and Directors Larry and Andy Wachowski, Tom Tykwer Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D'Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant Based on Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell If there's one thing I learned from the time tripping global opus known … Continue reading Cloud Atlas: And then a bunch of stuff happened…

Skyfall has a gritty and majestic sweep

Skyfall - 2012 Directed by Sam Mendes Starring Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Dame Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw Screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan 50 years is a long time.  The distance from the first Bond film, Dr. No, and the legacy of the films of Daniel Craig may as well … Continue reading Skyfall has a gritty and majestic sweep