Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom doesn’t need to make sense

The story is basically a rehash of the worst film in the series: The Lost World. Bad people take the dinos off of the island with the intent on selling them later. This, of course, is going to be catastrophic. 

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Hotel Artimis (***1/2) well-crafted and stays within its range

Hotel Artemis – 2018 Written and Directed by Drew Pearce Starring Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, Dave Bautista, Kenneth Choi There is something to be said about doing something well, even if you’re not shooting for the stars. Drew Pearce has turned in … Continue reading Hotel Artimis (***1/2) well-crafted and stays within its range

Isle of Dogs (*****) is one of the best

I love dogs but #isleofdogs is better than any film this year. "See this if you can. You shouldn't regret it if you have a sense of vision and a sense of humor."

Thor Ragnarok (****) a well-placed step towards the inevitable

In all, this is a fun film that is as good as one could expect coming from one of the heretofore most boring parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If it feels a bit underdone, it's because it still follows the formula of megalomaniac who almost has it all until she doesn't. Marvel has done a great job making their formula interesting, even if the characters (outside of Steve Rogers) evolve at a snail's pace. If the Marvel movie formula is still stuck in the mode of dragging these characters in and never quite letting them go, well, one can understand why. It's comic books, man.

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Having a story to tell can do wonders

Grand Budapest Hotel - 2014 Written and Directed by Wes Anderson Starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Léa Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tony Revolori Wes Anderson films inspire a groundswell of apathy from me.  Often his work feels like Jazz to me, a form of art given much credit, even … Continue reading The Grand Budapest Hotel: Having a story to tell can do wonders