Steven Spielberg. The measuring stick of directors, both current and aspiring, has been celebrated for his mastery behind the camera. At one time or another, someone has watched a Spielberg film. Besides his more adult-themed movies such as Saving Private Ryan, Lincoln, and Schindler’s List, the 71-year old has stoked the imagination with The Adventures of Tintin, Jurassic Park, and E.T.
His most recent directorial outing is a successful return to a world of imagination. Read More »
At first glace of the title, ‘A Quiet Place’ sounds like it should be a full-fledged drama film: a young attractive couple seemingly raising their children out in the middle of a rural area. Long country walks, fishing, and board games by gaslight is what you would expect.
The reality is this family lives in fear of making a sound in a post-apocalyptic world.Read More »
We all remember Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, right? Back in 2001, Angelina Jolie fulfilled the dream casting of fans by becoming the live action realization of the video game heroine. While this movie is beloved by a very select few, Warner Bros. decided to capitalize on the resurgence of the Tomb Raider series and update the franchise for today’s audience. Although it doesn’t break the curse of video game adaptations, this film has a fun ride.
It’s time to dust off those old Hogwarts robes and wands. The call has gone out to return to the Wizarding World as the first action-packed teaser trailer for the Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, has been released.
As we grow up, we shed pieces of our childhood away. The child grows up into an adult, taking on responsibilities and, sometimes, forgetting the purity and joy of running around the playground or talking to imaginary friends. There are some cases where our inner child is contained and protected deep inside our soul, shielded from the harsh realities of life and adulthood.
Then there are some times where we need to be reconnected with that child we have forgotten so long ago.
I’m no stranger to smart sci-fi films. One of my first genres that made me fall in love with films was science fiction (it was Star Wars so some fantasy is mixed in). After getting through Arrival, I didn’t think I would encounter a smart but weird sci-fi film. Then I walked into Annihilation.
American democracy is under siege from our old foe once again, putting the world in a sequel to the Cold War. If there was a movie that has come at the right time, it would be Red Sparrow. If only it was a better movie that I could talk about after it was over.
In 2012, Walt Disney Pictures brought out its 52nd animated feature film with Wreck-It Ralph, a movie that focused not on the heroes of video games but a villain. Making the audience relate and care about a video game villain who wants to be a hero was brilliantly executed and entertaining for both kids and adults. It’s another movie that’s built on nostalgia and familiar themes, wrapped in a colorful bow. I didn’t see it for the first time until last year and I don’t know why I waited so long. Read More »