Brightburn (***) could be great, but isn’t

"The ride we're given by the plot feels like the New York New York roller coaster ride in Las Vegas when it first came out. Harrowing, herky jerky and it feels like it is not completely safe. Did anyone test the ride ahead of time?"

Adams and Jefferson on Movies: Gene Hackman

  CoolPapaE: When I heard the recent announcement that Robert Redford was retiring from acting, I thought, what better time than now for us to discuss one of the best actors of his generation: Gene Hackman. Of course you agreed. Hackman has been a favorite of yours, mine and Roger Ebert as far back as … Continue reading Adams and Jefferson on Movies: Gene Hackman

Wonder Woman (****1/2): It’s about what you believe

Gadot (through Jenkins) hits every destination in the path on the super hero journey. She shows more range than most are allowed when they wear ridiculous outfits. Hers is a fully fleshed and feeling character that uses the emotions on her sleeve as a strength of her character. She acts as a passenger of the story when necessary, but when action is required, she literally steps onto the field and changes fate, rather than surrender to it.

Suicide Squad (***1/2) shall remain standing

Add up the positives, subtract the negatives and it's an easy win for Suicide Squad. This movie, especially for Robbie and Smith's performances, will be watchable for years. If you want to find stuff to hate about the story and film, you will have no problems doing so. If one is honest, the film is definitely likable, even if it does not approach classic overall.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (**) – Why build a miracle at all?

It's not that I hate this film. It's got some good, albeit disconnected moments. The task of entering the DC Universe mid-step means it will necessarily be different than the origin story heavy Marvel Universe. A used universe is fine with this reviewer. It just shouldn't have to require one to watch Blade Runner to lighten the mood afterword.

Bearing the weight of the Man of Steel

Man of Steel - 2013 Director Zack Snyder Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Christopher Meloni, Ayelet Zurer Screenplay David S. Goyer Well documented are the difficulties of making a movie about a man with no weaknesses.  As good a Superman as Christopher Reeve was, there was really … Continue reading Bearing the weight of the Man of Steel

Immortals: More Fighting and Chicks in Sepia Tone

Immortals - 2011 Directed by Tarsem Singh Starring Henry Cavill, Freda Pinto, Mickey Rourke, John Hurt, Stephen Dorff, Luke Evans, Isabel Lucas, Kellan Lutz Screenplay by Charley and Vlas Parlapanides At the beginning of Immortals, Zeus, in his "Old Man" disguise, gives the following exposition: "When this world was still young, long before man or beast roamed … Continue reading Immortals: More Fighting and Chicks in Sepia Tone

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night – Brandon got a raw deal

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night - 2011 Directed by Kevin Munroe Starring Brandon Routh, Sam Huntington, Anita Briem, Peter Stormare, Taye Diggs, Kurt Angle, Brian Steele Written by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenhiemer "There was only one way to get into Corpus House, if you weren't a vampire," intones Routh, in a voice over as … Continue reading Dylan Dog: Dead of Night – Brandon got a raw deal