Venom (***1/2) has some juice

#venom Somewhere between the drawing board and the actuality of the screen a great film was lost. What is left is a good film that has enough pieces on the cutting room floor, the home release should be interesting...Venom could surprise at the box office. It's better than the standard is for hero films these days, even if it's not all that great. It makes its viewer want more. 

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Dunkirk (*****): They know where you were

The best thing Nolan does with Dunkirk is to never lose focus. He is the mariner, Mr. Dawson, and we play the part of Peter. He knows the plane just by the sound, but he still lets us see it so we can remember too. Feeling like it might be hopeless, one might be tempted to speechify and let us know the significance of it all. He just moves towards the battle, but picks up one life at a time.

The Revenant (***1/2): It’s mostly true…mostly

It would be one thing if the story played a little closer to Hang 'Em High and a bit less artificially constructed as A Beautiful Mind. The Academy never gave any awards to the first movie, though. The original Glass just wanted his gun back from Fitzgerald. DiCaprio's Glass has to have a victim-class son to avenge. If that's not enough, he gets caught evaluating the meaning of revenge at a crucial moment. This is not exciting. This is theatre in the woods.

Mad Max: Fury Road (****): Same glorious road, different driver

Of the films, this is the one I enjoyed more than any, outside of Thunderdome. For a series that is such complete and all out high octane, they keep going down the same road over and over. Unlike George Romero's zombie films, or Scorsese's real crime repeats, the craft is getting more refined with each trip. And unlike Spielberg tinkering with E.T. or Lucas messing around with the original Star Wars movies, these films feel more organic, instead of messed with. It's like a painting that grows in one's esteem as it ages. Don't be fooled, though. This painting is closer to Dogs Playing Poker than it is to The Last Supper.

Cool Papa E’s Star Trek Movie Chronological Timeline Reviews

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - 1979 Director – Robert Wise Screenplay – Harold Livingston based on the story by Alan Dean Foster Starring – William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Stephen Collins, Persis Khambatta, George Takei,  Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan Okuda Timeline – 2271 Synopsis – The Enterprise is drafted back into action mid-upgrade to intercept a strange life form … Continue reading Cool Papa E’s Star Trek Movie Chronological Timeline Reviews

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

This Means War is way better than the trailer

This Means War - 2012 Directed by McG Starring Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, Til Schweiger, Chelsea Handler, Angela Bassett Screenplay by Timothy Dowling, Simon Kinberg The weakest part of any screenplay is when one uses words for exposition when actions could do it much more effectively.  Lines like "This is a covert exercise" and "You know … Continue reading This Means War is way better than the trailer

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

Warrior is 3 remarkable journeys of one heart

The Warrior - 2011 Directed by Gavin O'Connor Starring Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo Written O'Connor, Cliff Dorfman, Anthony Tambakis A recurring theme for Warrior is the tale of Moby Dick, which is being read, in audio form by the father of the two main characters, Paddy Conlon (Nolte).  He is … Continue reading Warrior is 3 remarkable journeys of one heart