In a world, where Marvel continues to make very well executed, but cookie-cutter factory-approved movies, exists a rare example of something that is more of a risk than their prior creations: Doctor Strange. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton, along with an incredible supporting cast, the film takes us into a world of magic, “wizards”, and sassy one liners – the kind that Marvel needed more than they ever thought they did.
As someone that grew up around two big Dan Brown fans (my mother and grandmother), the crazy puzzle-filled world of Robert Langdon is one that I am no stranger to. However, when it comes to his adventures on the big screen, where he is portrayed by Tom Hanks and is guided by the directorial skills of Ron Howard, I find myself at a bit of a crossroads. Yes, these stories are entertaining on the page, but within the movie adaptations there seems to be an issue – a disconnect of sorts that comes from the production as a whole and can be blamed on many parties.
Unfortunately, the newest entry into the series – titled Inferno – doesn’t fix any of those issues, and seems to lead further into the reasons why maybe Mr. Brown’s work should be left to enjoy on the bookshelves, instead of the silver screen.
You know the words: “I want to hold your hand, i want to hold your hand!” That is exactly what this documentary on The Beatles’s touring years does as it guides you through a timeline of their best albums, their international concerts and other concurrent historical events that capture the zeitgeist of the era. Not much new can be said about The Beatles: they stand out in both the annals of music history and the hearts of millions of fans, and their iconography still influences popular culture. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, however, is not encumbered by the excess of information, but provides beautiful remastered footage and photographs of the fab four building their musical repertoire, one screaming fangirl at a time.
After the tragic death of their infant daughter, Dana (Kate Beckinsale) and David (Mel Raido) along with their young son, Lucas (Duncan Joiner) move from the city to a rustic mansion within a rural southern town. David hopes it will help Dana recover from the loss of their daughter by putting her architectural skills to use on the dilapidated estate. However, after the first night in the mansion, Dana starts to have flashbacks of the day her daughter died and visions of the mansion’s previous owners propelling Dana to the brink of insanity.
The Disappointments Room is Wentworth Miller’s second foray into screenwriting, and D.J. Caruso is no stranger to thrillers with films like Disturbia. However, this joint artistic endeavour into horror – which tries to capture the essence of films like the Babadook, The Shining, Poltergeist, and The Amityville Horror – sadly could not live up to its own expectations. Perhaps it isn’t fair to compare it to classics, but the film does not shy away from making allusions to them, and in the end it doesn’t offer up anything new or memorable.
Important: This review features some spoilers to the plot.
There is a current complaint in the world that Hollywood has lost its creativity. With IP’s, Princesses, and Superheroes alike ruling the box office, the original film – not based on anything aside from culture and storytelling itself – has been lost to the masses. But with the latest stop-motion animated adventure from LAIKA, titled Kubo and the Two Strings, that thirst for pure imagination has been quenched.
Earlier this year, the world was treated to an interesting entry in the DC movie universe. Yes, Batman v. Superman left many of us movie lovers in a bit of a divide, and I sadly was one that still has a reserved seat on that hater train (at least when it comes to the theatrical cut of film) and it is a spot that is hard to move from. But with the release of Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. has yet again left the nerd community in a weird spot – are we supposed to enjoy this movie or hate it like Rotten Tomatoes would like us to? Well, internet, that decision is of course, up to you. But, as someone that likes to think for herself when it comes to films (obviously) I decided to go into this new DCU flick with a pair of fresh eyes. The results? Well that takes a bit of explaining.
Star Trek Beyond premiered on July 22nd. It’s the third movie in the “Kelvin Timeline,” as Paramount is now calling the films produced by J.J. Abrams. I saw it in 2D on a Thursday night, then again in 3D on Saturday. I haven’t seen a movie more than once in theaters in a long time, perhaps not since Star Trek Into Darkness. When it was revealed that Simon Pegg was co-writing and Justin Lin was directing, I breathed a sigh of relief. Star Trek Into Darkness was a movie that appeared to be a good film initially, but that the fandom later trashed. With a change in writing and direction, I was ready to enjoy Star Trek Beyond and I was not disappointed.
Since the beginning, it has seemed to be written in cinematic stone that all video game to movie adaptations must – indeed – be terrible. From the “classic” that is Super Mario Brothers, to the weirdly successful Resident Evil franchise, the gaming world has not blended well with that of film. Maybe it is the stories themselves, or the lack of knowledge from the storytellers/filmmakers, but something just has never clicked. But it is 2016 now, and the world is hoping very much that such a trend dies, and the evolution of the genre flourishes with the release of Universal/Legendary’s Warcraft, the adaptation of the popular game series by Blizzard, directed by Duncan Jones and staring Travis Fimmel, Toby Kebbell, Paula Patton, and many others.
Back in 2010, everyone and their mom was waiting for the release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. It was the movie that every Hot Topic kid had fantasized about since their first purchase of a Nightmare Before Christmas wristband, and with every new image and trailer, the anticipation grew and grew. But some 6 years later, many viewers of the original still debate about whether Burton’s take on the famous tales of Lewis Carroll was actually good or not. But what cannot be denied is it made a bucketload of money, and as a result, we now have a sequel: Alice Through The Looking Glass, now directed by James Bobin and starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Sacha Baron Cohen, along with many other familiar residents of Burton’s Wonderland.
In the modern day, we are constantly panicking about how we will complete our “journey” – and by that I mean, will we die alone or with someone holding our hand. Yes, “Love is a Battlefield” is a truer statement than ever these days, and that continuous struggle is perfectly represented in the new film The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz. And if by this description you are assuming this is some sort of throw away romantic comedy – goodness gracious, you got a whole thing coming for you.