People come to the movie theater to see spectacle. To see what demands to be seen on the large screen. This is one ideology, at least.
Director Luc Besson enjoys his spectacle. With $200 million dollars at his disposable, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is what comes of this affection for the visually bombastic.
The film stars Dane DeHaan as the titular Major Valerian, a government soldier at Alpha, the space station galaxy encompassing 1,000 different planets. Although he plays the title role, however, DeHaan is eclipsed in screentime by Cara Delevigne, who plays Continue reading Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Movie Review
Antoine Fuqua’s reboot of the seminal 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven (itself a Westernization of the 1954 Akira Kurosawa film The Seven Samurai) has a distinctly modern feel to it. Bandits have been replaced by violent capitalists. The fear of the outsider has been replaced by the fear of the wealthy. Of course, there is the fear-of-the-other narrative that introduces Denzel Washington’s Chisolm that screams modern relevancy. It is, however, a commentary only hinted at.
What we get in lieu of commentary is Continue reading The Magnificent Seven (2016) Movie Review
Note: I have covered all four acting categories in depth here.
- Robert Duvall — The Judge
- Ethan Hawke — Boyhood
- Edward Norton — Birdman
- Mark Ruffalo — Foxcatcher
- J.K. Simmons — Whiplash
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Predestination is a science fiction fantasy film from Michael and Peter Spierig. The film is based on the short story “All You Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein. It stars Ethan Hawke as a man traveling through time Continue reading Predestination (2015) Movie Review