The Predator (***1/2) gets chopped up

The Predator is enjoyable, but it sure is fast, hard and choppy. Many of the scenes that might help build pull the story along for the slow and dimwitted are excised in favor of seeing people get sliced in half and repeatedly skewered by those massive retractable claws. Whether it's a fair trade or not depends on how many times you need to see the same time of exposition that Black seems to abhor.

I Don’t Have A Vote: The 89th Annual Oscars – You are ruining Everything

My pick for the best in film this year is a lot closer to what the Academy picked this year. I can almost see it from here when there are no clouds at night. It's somewhere behind Pluto.

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

CPE & Em: Iron Man 3 grows into Downey, Jr.

Iron Man 3 - 2013 Director Shane Black Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Stephanie Szostak Screenplay by Black and Drew Pearce "Don't shoot! Seriously, I don't even like working here. They are so weird!" Shane Black is the most original screenwriting voices to emerge, … Continue reading CPE & Em: Iron Man 3 grows into Downey, Jr.