Darkest Hour (****) is the other side of Dunkirk

Wright has made a film that plays a good contrast to Christopher Nolan's superior Dunkirk. We see the threat that looms at home before it strikes abroad. So much is at stake, the tension is unbearable, yet Churchill finds a way. Good Lord does he ever. 

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This is not your father’s Robocop, it’s your younger son’s

Robocop - 2014 Director José Padilha Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel Screenplay by Joshua Zetumer Poor ED-209.  Never has there been such a cool looking law enforcement officer destined only to be the sucker.  In both the original classic and the good, but softer remake, ED-209 performs as the … Continue reading This is not your father’s Robocop, it’s your younger son’s

Premium Rush: Don’t expect Fly By Night

Premium Rush - 2012 Director David Koepp Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, Wole Parks Screenplay Koepp and John Kamps Ever since discovering we were going to get a preview of Michael Shannon as a bad guy in Premium Rush, the movie rose to the top of the must see list.  His skills have shown him without peer … Continue reading Premium Rush: Don’t expect Fly By Night

Lawless shows everyone at the top of their game

Lawless - 2012 Director John Hillcoat Starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, Jason Clarke, Lew Temple, Dane DeHan Screenplay Nick Cave based on The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant Lawless is one very rare movie indeed.  I can't recall seeing a film where there are so many high-caliber actors who are doing … Continue reading Lawless shows everyone at the top of their game

Cool Papa E Reviews Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight / Batman Series

One of the best examples of a reboot in cinematic history, Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy comes to an end July 20, 2012.  As sad as it will be that it has ended, it has been a historic masterpiece and one wonderful ride.  The best thing it did was to cleanse the visionary palate of a … Continue reading Cool Papa E Reviews Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight / Batman Series

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is good, old-fashioned, Anglo-Saxon hi-jinks

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - 2011 Directed by Tomas Alfredson Starring Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Ciarán Hinds, Toby Jones, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Dencik, Tom Hardy, Kathy Burke, Simon McBurney Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan based on the novel by John le Carré There is a intimidation brought on by the specter of a bunch … Continue reading Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is good, old-fashioned, Anglo-Saxon hi-jinks

I Don’t Have A Vote: Cool Papa E Picks The 84th Oscars

2012 Academy Awards Please don't let this be the year that the gimmicky French film wins.  I would prefer that the real masterpiece that took place in Paris, France take home the gold.  The rush to crown The Artist as Best Picture feels a little like the time we anointed Brokeback Mountain the movie of our times.  If it … Continue reading I Don’t Have A Vote: Cool Papa E Picks The 84th Oscars

The Lincoln Lawyer: Straight formula, no chaser

The Lincoln Lawyer - 2011 Directed by Brad Furman Starring Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, William H. Macey, Josh Lucas, Ryan Phillipe, John Leguizamo, Michael Pena, Bryan Cranston, Michael Pare, Trace Adkins, Frances Fisher Written by Jeff Romano, based on the novel by Michael Connelly There is a feeling one gets while watching The Lincoln Lawyer is that … Continue reading The Lincoln Lawyer: Straight formula, no chaser

Red Riding Hood has a woman’s touch, but it ain’t enough

Red Riding Hood - 2011 Directed by Catherine Hardwicke Starring Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Julie Christie, Virginia Madsen, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Lukas Haas Written by David Johnson based on the Brothers Grimm tale Catherine Hardwicke must have high standards.  She declined to direct Twilight: New Moon, which then made about a gazillion dollars. … Continue reading Red Riding Hood has a woman’s touch, but it ain’t enough

Cool Papa E’s Complete Harry Potter Movie Series Reviews

Having spent the first 2 movies avoiding Harry Potter, I was intrigued by the choice of director to finally watch Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  That movie, with its time-turner, Buckbeak and the incredible Gary Oldman, impressed me enough to give the rest of the series a chance.  Still, I kept the series … Continue reading Cool Papa E’s Complete Harry Potter Movie Series Reviews