Cloud Atlas is a fantastic piece of audacious and exhilarating filmmaking that is unlike just about anything you have ever seen in a movie theater. [Read more...]
A few years back it became a hobby to make fun of the trend in marketing to describe things as extreme. Extreme sports are one thing (you aren’t going to see me jumping out of a helicopter into the middle of circling sharks while wearing a suit of meat with the goal of safely swimming back to shore. Way too extreme. Yes I made that sport up.), but can deodorant really be that extreme? Then again, every once in a while something worthy of the descriptor comes along. Such is the case with Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. [Read more...]
In my first post on this site I stated that I there are only 5 movie sequels that I love. Well, I saw Predators the other night…and that didn’t change the count, in fact Predators was bad. But the following night I got the kid some snacks and we saddled up Toy Story 3. I may be the last film nerd to have seen Toy Story 3, and I don’t have a great excuse (it has been on my DVR since May). But I expected the third one to be like the second one, loved by almost everyone, but lacking the magic of its predecessor. Toy Story 2’s themes of ownership did not strike a chord in me like the themes of companionship in the first. Toy Story 3 unlike so many sequels, is a great stand-alone film. Yes, that means there are now 6 sequels that I love, adjust your scorecards at home.
The third film in this trilogy takes place eight years after the events of the second film and the toys are dying for some attention. Andy is a teenager, about to head off to college, and the family of toys has gotten smaller and neglected from being played with for some time. The toys are able to deal with the lack of attention for the most part, they are more concerned with being thrown away or being split up more than anything and they are planning to make sure that doesn’t happen. But after a couple of close calls and detours the group ends up at Sunnyside Daycare where they will be seemingly be played with a revolving door of kids for years to come but Sunnyside might not be exactly as cozy as it seems.
A couple of years ago, we learned with the Da Vinci Code that maybe some books just shouldn’t be changed into a movie because they lose some of their magic. Sure, they can be fun, but you can tell that something is missing. Now I won’t say that the film version of Angels and Demons is a waste of time, it’s actually really entertaining, it just doesn’t have the power of the novel.
Before I can really delve into the body of the film one thing must be noted: Tom Hanks changed his hair up for this one. Can I get a hallelujah?
Ron Howard and Tom Hank’s team up for a second tale in the world of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon and the results exceed that of the Da Vinci Code, and is a solid picture on its own right in the end.
The CERN particle acceleration research center is in the business of colliding atoms in hope of discovering the scientific answers to the creation of the universe but has a side project that is interested in the collection of a highly volatile substance called anti-matter. Incapable of coming into contact with another any piece of matter the substance can cause, in the universe of the film, substantial devastation from the said incident of contact. When one of these canisters of harvested anti-matter is stolen and a scientist murdered, the project’s second in command, Vittoria Vettra, is called to Vatican City along with Robert Langdon to help investigate in a plot against the Vatican during the Conclave selecting the new Pope after the recent death of the previous. The four Preferiti cardinals have been kidnapped and the vile of antimatter is somewhere hidden in the Vatican and with the threat of the Preferiti to be murdered on the hour leading up to the destruction of Vatican City by the anti-matter at midnight [Read more...]
Mike Nichols new film is a great piece of history through film with a story that few people probably have heard of or know much about in the first place.
Tom Hanks stars as the title character; a congressman from a small district in Texas that you would think didn’t have much power, but has a direct impact on the outcome of the cold war. [Read more...]