OBLIVION

09/12/2013

 

Post apocalypse is a difficult genre. Visually beautiful, worth a view, but overall: no.

 

HUNGER GAMES

08/21/2012

 
It takes 67 minutes of exposition to start the games, but Jennifer Lawrence is so watchable, and her character so tough, I almost forgive this ridiculous film! 
 

ATTACK THE BLOCK

01/22/2012

 
Turn the subtitles on for this slightly funny British sci-fi action fantasy. Aliens attack an inner-city gang of teenagers. Music is good, but I didn't fall in love, or like, any of the characters. Cool 'cause it's from the U.K..
Official Site: http://attacktheblock.com/
 
 
Origins story covers most of the main points of the original, except for why humans are mute in the future. Andy Serkis and the primate animation are expertly integrated into the live action. The next one should be apocalyptic!
Official Site: http://www.youtube.com/user/apeswillrise
 

THE WARRIOR'S WAY

01/13/2012

 
Fantasy, Western, Martial Art saga of a swordsman, a baby, a decrepit town of circus freaks, misfits and miscreants. Heavy use of effects, decent cast; including Geoffrey Rush, Kate Bosworth & Dong-Gun Jan. Cool, violent, but sweet and occasionally funny!
 

THE TEMPEST

12/21/2011

 
Helen Mirren and Ben Whishaw in an incredibly cool Shakespearean film. Loved it.
http://tempest-themovie.com/
 
 
No females are in this film! Not for children. Didn't love it.
Official Site: http://www.rareexportsmovie.com/en
 

CAPTAIN AMERICA

10/27/2011

 
Strong nationalist theme, heavily processed, ice-cold action packed fantasy. The slimmed-down character VFX is ridiculously inconsistent and distracting. I kept thinking the Red Skull was played by Kevin Bacon...
Official Site: http://captainamerica.marvel.com/
 
 
Beautifully photographed ghost story set in 1950s Portugal. Lots of long takes that linger well after the actors have left the frame. Gorgeous, artistic trip back in time to a faraway place.
Official Site: http://www.cinemaguild.com/strangecase/