Man of Steal Stole My Clothes

ManOfSteelI would like to preface this review with the statement that there is a lot of talent behind this film. A LOT!  And this is what makes me so sad.  I WANTED Man of Steel to be a good film, and promote sequels that will keep people busy.  It’s just Continue reading

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Jack The Studio Slayer

JackTheGiantSlayer_PosterIts difficult to say why this film didn’t work.  It could have been too many cooks in the kitchen.  The release date was pushed by nearly a year for re-shoots, and re-doing visual effects – much to the chagrin of all the hundreds of artists working at predominantly Digital Domain and MPC who were on 15-hr days, 7 days a week trying to make the FIRST deadline, only to have the studio say, “Oh, sorry, you know that finish line?  We’ve moved it… BUT KEEP RUNNING!”  So, I can only guess that the studio didn’t like the first cut, or it tested poorly, so they asked for changes.  This process, when done improperly and haphazardly, causes the majority of watered down movies that are so worried about catering to the largest demographic that they end up being Continue reading

This Is The End

ThisIsTheEnd

This kind of reminds me of Couples Retreat in the way that it feels like a bunch of actor/filmmaker friends got together and said “Let’s make a movie”.  Now, in the case of Couples Retreat, I think it was more like “It would be fun to go to Fiji.  Let’s make a movie there so it becomes a business expense”  In This Is The End, I somehow don’t think the Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg said “It would be fun to go to Louisiana.  Let’s make a movie there so it becomes a business expense, but we’ll use visual effects to make it look like Hollywood”  In fact, I THOUGHT it may have been, “James Franco just bought a new house, we can shoot a movie there.” Continue reading

Oblivion ~ As in, where the story was lost.

OblivionMy biggest issue with Oblivion, outside of two hours that seem like four and a film score that sounds like a hybrid of Legend and Ladyhawke, is that it doesn’t seem to really know what it is.  It is a sci-fi flick, that’s for certain.  But is it post-apocalyptic? Is it an alien invasion story? A space travel movie? A last-man-on Earth story? A clone movie? Robots versus man?  And the “All of that AND MORE” answer doesn’t do it for me.  It shows indecision and an inability to hone and focus the story. Continue reading