Beginning with a riff on the nature of sequels and following with… MoreBeginning with a riff on the nature of sequels and following with (another) reinvention in its series - MUPPETS MOST WANTED brings a fun silliness and sly irreverence that only this cast of felt characters can deliver.
"The untold story of Hercules", as the marketing tagline for this… More"The untold story of Hercules", as the marketing tagline for this modern take surmises, is the story that should have remained untold. HERCULES (2014) is, at its foundation, a re-imagining of the fabled hero with a question-mark over his godliness. The result instead is an exclamation mark over the need for this godliness to have the character stand uniquely. Instead here, he is fashioned as an unmemorable mercenary leader in an unexciting, unmemorable film.
Heightened absurdity bordering on overtaking its rival film franchise,… MoreHeightened absurdity bordering on overtaking its rival film franchise, NEED FOR SPEED sacrifices any real depth of character and story for an adrenal shot of basic revenge. Yet, for all its faults, there is something about the film, lying underneath, that makes it strangely magnetic. It may be Aaron Paul's stand-out performance against a stilted ensemble, or the brilliant cinematography on display. Regardless, NEED FOR SPEED is a bad film that progressively reaches a goal of becoming enjoyable.
Balancing bright visuals, fiery characters, enthralling set-pieces and… MoreBalancing bright visuals, fiery characters, enthralling set-pieces and interjections of snappy humour - GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is pure cinematic pleasure and a true example of original tonality.
A breath of ambition disappointingly lost in a gasp of absurdity,… MoreA breath of ambition disappointingly lost in a gasp of absurdity, TRANSCENDENCE is a bookended failure. Through its many faults, on its most basic terms, lies the underlying fault of an unpolished script meeting the overarching fault of choppy editing. The film promises much in a larger world, but ultimately feels isolated, small, and insignificant. The importance of its thought-provoking science and humanity held potential for a global threat, but only paves the way for an overblown finale - feeding on the fiction of its genre with an appetite of devouring the interest in its science.
The most humane, emotionally enveloping film of the year stars a CGI… MoreThe most humane, emotionally enveloping film of the year stars a CGI creature at its core. DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is so well thought out, and so well put together, that it feels natural, exciting, and real.
A remake with the purpose of capitalising on a twist ending, OLDBOY… MoreA remake with the purpose of capitalising on a twist ending, OLDBOY fails in this and many other facets that hold its original in esteem. Comparisons aside, OLDBOY 2013 is poorly made cinema - a distant character, a story with little exposition and thin motives, rushed scenes, and an ambivalence towards its conclusion. The highlight of the film remains the leads time in captivity, but everything before and after remains a blur.
An opulence in imagery and levity in tone that is both greatly unique… MoreAn opulence in imagery and levity in tone that is both greatly unique and highly engaging, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL is artful, carefully constructed cinema that reaches to a broader audience. It is daring and dashing, hilarious and heartfelt, and is pieced together so well as to render it near faultless.