First Man in IMAX (****1/2) Soul Deep in Space

#FirstMan "This film is necessary for one to understand the reach of humans. From out of the dark of a life lost so young, hope springs so forcefully. It's more than a flag that we put on that moon. It's all of our hopes and dreams."

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Blade Runner 2049 (****) chooses life

There's a lot here for people who loved the first film. For those who just liked it, like yours truly, this bridges some gaps. Not sure where they can go with the next film, if there is one with the same writer, it is sure to be interesting.

La La Land (***1/2) The portrait of the artist(s) looks familiar

If you like the elements of a musical, the artist staying true to their dream and romance, you will like and possibly love this film. I am firmly in the former category.

The Nice Guys (****) Don’t say and stuff

The Nice Guys - 2016 Director Shane Black Screenplay by Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi Starring  Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Keith David, Kim Basinger, Beau Knapp Thus goes the career of Shane Black. He directs one of the top grossing films of the past decade (Iron Man 3) and immediately sets to making the movie he's been wanting to … Continue reading The Nice Guys (****) Don’t say and stuff

The Big Short (****) counts on us not liking bad news

The Big Short - 2015 Director Adam McKay Screenplay Charles Randolph and McKay Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Tracy Letts, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Byron Mann, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong, Finn Wittrock, Melissa Leo There are a whole bunch of facts being spit out in The Big Short. Director and writer … Continue reading The Big Short (****) counts on us not liking bad news

The Place Beyond the Pines: Eva Mendes is still beautiful

The Place Beyond The Pines - 2013 Director Derek Cianfrance Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn, Rose Byrne, Mahershala Ali, Bruce Greenwood, Harris Yulin, Dane DeHaan and Emory Cohen Screenplay by Cianfrance, Ben Coccio, Darius Marder There is a scene early in The Place Beyond the Pines in which Luke is told by the grandmother of a child he never … Continue reading The Place Beyond the Pines: Eva Mendes is still beautiful

Gangster Squad: Which way is Zombieland?

Gangster Squad - 2013 Director Ruben Fleischer Starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Michael Peña , Merielle Enos Screenplay Will Beall from Tales from Gangster Squad by Paul Lieberman Gangster Squad is not nearly as bad as has been reported.  It's nowhere near as good as it could have been.  It's … Continue reading Gangster Squad: Which way is Zombieland?

Drive starts out in the fast lane; ends up in the ditch

Drive - 2011 Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn Starring Ryan Gosling, Albert Brooks, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Christina Hendricks, Oscar Isaac Written by Hossein Amini based on Drive by James Sallis There is a scene at the beginning of Drive that is as clever as any car chase I have seen.  Acting as driver for a … Continue reading Drive starts out in the fast lane; ends up in the ditch