Two seems to be the magic number for Spider-Man films. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 is a sequel that outdoes the first film, and director Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 is such a massive improvement over its predecessor that it may cause whiplash.
The graveyard of films based on ‘young adult’ (YA) book properties is getting close to hanging up a ‘no vacancy’ sign with the arrival of Divergent.
Pet owners are always trying to sneak their animal’s medication by hiding it in their meals. Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky uses the same strategy with Noah by smuggling potent existential ideas into a film with a blockbuster mentality.
Forget about the Bible, the real story of creation is contained within The Lego Movie.
If a Tom Clancy novel had an affair with a comic book the lovechild would be Captain America: Winter Soldier. The final product is a tug-of-war between grit and goof.
Anointing a favourite Wes Anderson joint just became harder with the arrival of The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The larger scope of the sequel allows for Gareth Evans to flesh out the narrative, but too many chatty gangsters almost cripple the momentum between incredible action sequences that certify Evans’ ascension to a supreme action cinema maestro.
Following a long and intensive street racing sequence that opens Need for Speed, I’d had my fix of burning rubber, actors intensely staring out from behind a steering wheel, and enough ‘bros’ to make a dictionary want to take an early retirement. The problem was that there was another two hours of automotive spectacle left and nothing but constantly revving engines.
Writer and director J. C. Chandor presents a subtle meditation on mind, body and spirit that’s imbued with an aching amount of futility and loneliness.
The side-saddle sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300 (he co-writes Rise of an Empire) is macho motivation and nothing more.
Director Alexander Payne crafts a striking portrait of a dysfunctional family and a refined piece of Americana that contains a wonderfully dry sense of humour.
Here’s a little piece I wrote for Graffiti with Punctuation about True Detective a few weeks ago.