"Snowpiecer" is the dystopian future film that Hollywood wishes it had… More"Snowpiecer" is the dystopian future film that Hollywood wishes it had made. Deftly dark in nature, by being separated from the Hollywood machine, Joon-ho Bong is allowed to take the unorthodox steps required in making this one of the most original movies of the past decade, even while brushing against every single theme listed earlier. Along with the perfect desaturated cinematography for this specific genre, choreography that rivals many of the most recent martial arts action films, and some truly phenomenal writing, which produces some of the most memorable on-screen moments this year, "Snowpiercer" is one of those near perfect films that does not come along often enough. By the time the credits rolled, I realized how sick I was of white directors directing white casts in Hollywood movies. To get some real flavor and to create a truly dynamic masterpiece, a filmmaker has to be willing to change the spectrum and take some chances. Joon-ho Bong does that on every level and still garners a critical success that most Hollywood films could only dream of.
Here is my theory: director David Green saw "Super 8" and heard… MoreHere is my theory: director David Green saw "Super 8" and heard critics call it a mix between "E.T. Extraterrestrial" and "Cloverfield," pairing beings from another planet with children who assist in helping them get home. Instead of a little brown alien, however, director J.J. Abrams opted for an alien the size of his "Cloverfield" monster. Upon being exposed to the comparison, Green likely thought of doing the same exact blend, but instead, he would take the children helping the extraterrestrial storyline and place it in the found footage genre. Complete with shaky cameras, bike mounts, and even cell phone footage, "Earth To Echo" is a first person family adventure that forgets to be its own film, while retracing the same old steps. The only element within the film that feels vaguely creative is the robotic owl-looking alien that just wants to find its spaceship and go home. Instead of paying homage to these classics, Green copies and pastes the basics.
The first thing to wrap your head around in the raunchy comedy "Sex… MoreThe first thing to wrap your head around in the raunchy comedy "Sex Tape" is that the smoking hot Cameron Diaz, at 42 years old, is married to Jason Segel, who is 34 years old. The next is believing that they are so oblivious that they do not know how "The Cloud" works, the system where all your digital files are stored in which you can access them remotely from any device connected to that network or in which hackers can access to steal your naked photos which is much more believable and timely; but I digress. What is believable is that Annie (Diaz) and Jay (Segel) are like most couples where they slowly, over time find themselves no longer having passionate sex. In order to turn this around, they send the kids off to grandma's and land on the idea of making a sex tape with the terms including to immediately delete the tape afterwards. What could possibly go wrong, right? What amazes me most, to which I had a similar reaction to the film "Walk Of Shame", is how a film starring such high profile actors such as Diaz and Segel could still feel like a straight-to-DVD affair.
Messing with expectations, "The Purge: Anarchy" really is the… MoreMessing with expectations, "The Purge: Anarchy" really is the quintessential embodiment of the old saying "don't judge a book by its cover." Subtly, however, is not its strongest suit. In the follow-up to last year's "The Purge", starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, Universal and director James DeMonaco prove that they are listening to the fans and giving them what they want. The original was said to be slightly too small scale and did not delve deep enough into the "everything is legal for one night a year" premise. This time around the characters are stuck outside on Purge night and running through the streets of Los Angeles provide a much heartier glimpse at what this world looks like. The night's journey becomes this strange maze-like adventure with carnage and death around every corner. Whether it is the wealthy citizens killing for sport at an auction or an insane woman with a megaphone and a rifle on the roof of a building, DeMonaco does a decent job of defining this world.