Star Wars The Last Jedi – Listening to old voices with a new ear

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

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Sicario (****1/2): The depth of darkness

Villeneuve is one of the best directors alive. He his streak is 3 near-classics and counting. His sensibility is one of quiet observation. He allows the viewer to draw his own conclusions on what they are seeing, without pushing even subtly in any direction.

Guardians of the Galaxy (*****): Super Awesome Mix, Vol.1

Guardians of the Galaxy - 2014Director James Gunn Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro, Peter Serafinowicz Screenplay Gunn & Nicole PermanI just saw the movie event of the summer.  And I waited until I saw it twice to … Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy (*****): Super Awesome Mix, Vol.1

Savages: Oliver Stone is just average weird

Savages - 2012 Director - Oliver Stone Starring Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Salma Hayek, John Travolta, Benicio del Toro Screenplay Don Winslow, Shane Salermo and Stone based on the Novel Savages by Winslow Somewhere along about 1994, Oliver Stone was lost to me.  He'd been weird before that, with The Doors, and history-challenged JFK.  Then came … Continue reading Savages: Oliver Stone is just average weird