The fact that there is little mystery to the film shouldn't matter if character and feeling are what you are seeking. The reveal at the end is less of a surprise than the action of the climax. And in typical Sheridan fashion the climax is never the conclusion of the story. Time must be taken to recover. That is time where most people live in a world without mercy.
The story surges ahead and it really is quite centered, despite the number of characters involved. The premise is a simple one, yet the questions it asks are profound. It really extends on the premise on how we want to be governed. Do we want to fulfill our own destiny, or do we want to push that responsibility to the side in wait of the judgement of others who may or may not be wiser.
Avengers: Age of Ultron - 2015 Written and Directed by Joss Whedon Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson Tony Stark / Iron Man (facing fire of the enemy) Guys, wait. We gotta talk this through. (after incapacitating all of them with leg shots) It … Continue reading Avengers: Age of Ultron (****1/2) too much good to be bad
Godzilla - 2014 Director Gareth Edwards Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston Screenplay Max Borenstein based on Godzilla by Toho The world's been destroyed so many times in so many worthless films that when watching the previews of Godzilla, there is a fair amount of exhaustion at the prospect of having to go through more decimation. … Continue reading They finally get Godzilla right, but does it really matter?
Peace, Love and Misunderstanding - 2012 Director Bruce Beresford Starring Catherine Keener, Jane Fonda, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chace Crawford, Nat Wolf, Kyle MacLachlan Screenplay by Christina Mengert, Joseph Muszynski I've never been a fan of Jane Fonda, but then, she's never been this bad. I can't speak with total authority, though. A few years ago, when she made … Continue reading Peace, Love and Misunderstanding: Peace, Love, Dope!
Liberal Arts - 2012 Written and Directed by Josh Radnor Starring Radnor, Elizabeth Olson, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro, Zac Efron, Elizabeth Reaser As a 35-year-old college admissions officer in New York, Josh Radnor has the face that crosses most people after they've been gone from college for long enough to realize that this is all … Continue reading Liberal Arts: Radnor is no Woody Allen, Thank God
Red Lights - 2012 Written and Directed by Rodrigo Cortés Starring Sigourney Weaver, Elizabeth Olson, Cillian Murphy, Robert DeNiro, Joely Richardson, Toby Jones, Leonardo Sbaraglia One of the worst possible scenes anyone can do is to flip out in front of a television while watching someone or some thing. If they are doing this in front of someone, … Continue reading Red Lights: There mostly to annoy
Silent House - 2012 Directed by Chris Kentis, Laura Lau Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, Haley Murphy, Adam Bennett Written by Laura Lau based on the Uruguayan screenplay by Oscar Estevez Silent Househas a promising premise: a single shot horror film in real-time. The story is that of a young woman named Sarah (Olsen), … Continue reading Silent House gives it away for free