The Mummy (2017)
Jun17

The Mummy (2017)

Nothing Will Prepare You… The Mummy (2017)   “In a culture inured even to the shock of the new, in which today’s news is tomorrow’s history to be forgotten entirely or recycled in some unimaginably debased form, ‘70s movies retain their power to unsettle; time has not dulled their edge, and they are as provocative now as they were the day they were released… The thirteen years between Bonnie and Clyde in 1967 and Heaven’s Gate in 1980...

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Wonder Woman (2017)
Jun05

Wonder Woman (2017)

Love and Sorrow: Wonder Woman (2017)   What a very, very frustrating film.  There is so much to like about it.  And then there are equally as many scenes where you just grind your teeth at how close they come to making a really interesting superhero film…but not quite close enough. And there’s no getting around it:  my main problem is with the casting of Gal Gadot; and since it’s the title role as Diana, the Wonder Woman, that’s kind...

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Alien: Covenant (2017)
May23

Alien: Covenant (2017)

The Lonely Perfection of My Dreams: Alien:  Covenant (2017)   The brief prologue to Ridley Scott’s Alien:  Covenant is as intriguing, clever and illuminating an opening as I’ve seen in while.  In retrospect, I find that the film’s major themes are given to us here, in the time that it takes to run the opening credits. Taking place before the events of the disappointing 2012 Prometheus, we see a younger Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), the...

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Oh No, I’m a Racist Asshole! Passing by The Dark Tower
May12

Oh No, I’m a Racist Asshole! Passing by The Dark Tower

Oh No, I’m a Racist Asshole! Passing by The Dark Tower   I’ve just finished reading The Waste Lands, Stephen King’s third volume in his The Dark Tower series.  So, I guess that will tell you I’m not all that into it.  I am a fan of King, just not of this beloved fantasy series.  I’ve somehow never gotten it, despite many attempts over the years. Therefore the film adaptation shouldn’t really bother me all that much.  Before I came...

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. (2017)
May08

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. (2017)

You Humans Have Issues: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. (2017)   First off, pop-pickers, the soundtrack is not only equal to that of the first movie, it’s better. It had to be said. Secondly, any sequel-worries you may have will evaporate in the first ten minutes:  there’s yet another quiet prologue on Earth before the brilliant credits sequence blasts you into outer space happiness, with Baby Groot dancing to the ELO’s ‘Mr. Blue...

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Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Apr04

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

I Wasn’t Built for Dancing: Ghost in the Shell (2017)     Aside from buying a few issues of Lone Wolf and Cub back in the ‘80s, I know almost nothing about Manga comics and I know literally nothing about Ghost in the Shell, the Japanese comic book by Masamune Shirow, on which this film is based.  In fact, until yesterday I didn’t even know that there was a controversy over the casting of Scarlett Johansson in the lead role....

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