All posts tagged "Studio Films"

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill | Review

    Love the Sinner: Miller & Rodriguez Bring Back Hyperstylized Noir with Mixed Results It has been almost a decade since the visually innovative Sin City...

  • The Giver | Review

    Tis Better to Give: Noyce’s Adaptation Too Little Too Late in YA Dystopic Cinema In today’s onslaught of dystopic film franchises dominated by adaptations of...

  • Mr. Majestyk | Blu-ray Review

    To recall the cinema of Charles Bronson, one can’t get far without referencing his sterling epoch in 1970s era American film, a period eclipsed mightily...

  • Into the Storm | Review

    Storm Drain of the Century: The Disaster Film Gets a Retrofit It’s unclear if there’s any real point to the rather silly conception of the...

  • Get On Up | Review

    The F in Funk: Brown’s Biopic Lodged in a White Man’s World For all the preliminary grumbling about white actors portraying Egyptians in a certain...

  • Guardians of the Galaxy | Review

    Rocket Fuelled; Gunn Pleasures Summer PG-Spot It’s the end of the world as we know it. Or so the popcorn films of the summer thus...

  • Separate Tables | Blu-ray Review

    Playwright and screenwriter Terence Rattigan was an indubitable influence on mid-century British cinema. He authored several of the era’s most notable titles, including The Browning...

  • Lucy | Review

    In the Sky With Diamonds: Besson’s Latest a Crock of Crack-pot Sci-Fi It’s rather a shame to report that Luc Besson’s latest directorial effort, Lucy,...

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | Review

    Monkey Trouble: Reeves Get a Crack at Famed Cinematic Simian Franchise It’s kind of wild to think how much cinematic mileage (now eight films and...

  • Tammy | Review

    Tammy Girl: Falcone’s Debut a Tepid Turkey Rex Reed might have been better served to save his wayward disparagements about the cinematic talents of Melissa...

  • Jersey Boys | Review

    Jersey Show: Eastwood Plays It Safe with Broadway Adaptation While it earns a great deal of credibility due to the retention of several notable cast...

  • Criterion Collection: All that Heaven Allows | Blu-ray Review

    As Laura Mulvey’s essay, “An Articulate Screen” contends, 1955’s All That Heaven Allows was “just another critically unnoticed Hollywood genre product,” the attempt for a...

  • Edge of Tomorrow | Review

    Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow: Liman’s Simple Sci-Fi is Lean Entertainment Considerable praise is in order for director Doug Liman and a trio of screenwriters...

  • The Fault in Our Stars | Review

    Never Having to Say You’re Sorry: Boone’s Adaptation Jerks Your Tears Director Josh Boone adapts John Green’s popular 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars...

  • Maleficent | Review

    Moralificent: Stromberg’s Debut Gets a Dastard Disney Straitjacket Anticipation has been extremely high for Disney’s live action dedication to one of their most enjoyably memorable...

  • Chef | Review

    Mostly Favreau: Actor/Director’s Return to Indie Scene a Pleasant Surprise A thinly veiled allegory for Jon Favreau’s own career, whether he consciously means it to...

  • Hollywood is a Slave to Fukunaga; Hot Helmer Adds Sony’s “The Black Count” to Future Slate

    Take a filmmaker that has easily become tinseltown’s hottest commodity with a hit television series (see True Detective) and Hollywood comes calling. To some degree...

  • The Other Woman | Review

    Birds of a Feather: Cassavetes’ Brings Generic Chops to Predictable Comedy Long before the inevitable denouement of the vainglorious adulterer catalyzing the female frenzied revenge...

  • Transcendence | Review

    The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes: Pfister’s Debut Oversteps Limited Reach Hopes were perhaps set a bit too high for the directorial debut of Wally Pfister,...

  • Draft Day | Review

    Final Draft: Reitman’s By the Numbers Sports Drama Director Ivan Reitman leaves behind the realm of rom-com for a masculine about-face with the football drama,...

  • Noah | Review

    Wrath of a Titan: D’aronofsky’s Demilled Egg Four years after his critically lauded Black Swan, a work of finesse made despite budgetary limitations from Darren...

  • Sabotage | Review

    Treacherous Uncoupling: Ayer’s Latest May is Fun, Brutally Violent Nonsense Okay, so, if you can keep in mind that the outcome of its tizzied, conventional...

  • Divergent | Review

    Dissatisfaction: Burger Launches the Next YA Dystopia to Unwieldy Lengths Director Neil Burger joins genre courting/sci-fi alum Andrew Niccol’s dip into the abscessed pool of...

  • Need For Speed | Review

    On the Road Again: Waugh’s Woeful Film an Offending Lemon Leaving behind the galvanizing propaganda of his Navy SEALs plugged film debut, Act of Valor,...

  • Burden of Dreams; Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Befriends with “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl”

    Directing a popular television series has become, the new calling card currency for wannabe future feature filmmakers and American Horror Story‘s Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is parlaying/transitioning...