A shadowy arm of the government want to be proactive against threats against the land. Realizing the futility of conventional means against these threats, the agency uses an unconventional weapon. The baddest of the bad, worst of the worst criminals ever would fight (begrudgingly) against those that threaten our existence. Set to a trippy set list of memorable songs that act almost as a commentator throughout the film, surely this will be the experience that shapes your summer. Unfortunately for Warner Brothers and DC Comics, 2014 happened and Guardians of the Galaxy was released to positive reviews. With two lackluster entrants for the DC Extended Universe preceding Suicide Squad, the WB and DC needs this film to do well. At this moment Suicide Squad has a 27% positive rating on aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes.com; which was down from 31% 12 hours ago. Despite the vitriol for Suicide Squad, the battle at the box office is ultimately decided by the value of your movie ticket. It’s not that Suicide Squad isn’t worth seeing but, with ticket prices steadily increasing and the added costs of 3D and IMAX (also in 3D); how much is it worth seeing to you?Continue reading “Movie Review – Suicide Squad”
The wildly popular 2012 novel ‘Gone Girl’ has had a lot of hype about it since its premier at the New York Film Festival, in late September and festivals afterwards. The Gillian Flynn book, adapted for the screen by Flynn is directed by the director of The Social Network (2010) and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011), David Fincher. Gone Girl could be worthy of the very early Oscar buzz it’s receiving, as it is a truly gripping tale of a disintegrating marriage that becomes national news. The writing is crisp and purposely throws curveballs to the audience. If you’ve read the book and see this film in theaters, count the number of quizzical murmurs during key scenes. So much effort and detail in crafting a taught, thrilling composition is almost award worthy…almost.
Back at San Diego Comic Con last July, Warner Bros. dropped the bomb that Superman would be going head-to-head with Batman in its as yet untitled MAN OF STEEL sequel. Though the studio has remained relatively tight lipped about the film’s plot as well as its characters’ motivations, it has released (in the months since this announcement) a steady stream of information regarding the sequel’s casting and its official release date (which will no longer happen in 2015, but in 2016 instead). Continuing their trend of carefully placed announcements, there is now word of who will be scoring the blockbuster sequel… Continue reading “MAN OF STEEL Sequel Finds Its Composer”
“Runner Runner.” It’s an expression unknown to all but perhaps the most ardent gamblers. For the uninitiated, here’s a quick explanation: In the game of poker Texas hold ‘em, each player is dealt two “hole cards,” which they keep to themselves. Then three cards are dealt face up – also known as The Flop. The fourth card dealt up is The Turn and the fifth card is The River. Sometimes a player will get the two cards he needs on The Turn and The River – a very lucky break that is also known as “runner runner.”
From the director that brought us THE LINCOLN LAWYER, comes his latest film, RUNNER RUNNER. Starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck, the film follows Princeton grad student Richie (Justin Timberlake), who, believing that he’s been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). Soon Richie finds himself seduced by Block’s promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him. Check the recent clip that has been released below….
Some movies are depressing to watch. Some are inspirational. This is a movie about people losing their jobs. So guess which one this movie is. It’s sad to watch someone lose their job because of downsizing. People aren’t let go because of performance, but rather because of the bottom dollar. Companies do owe their shareholders a successful company, but at what price? And a better question is does downsizing really help a company when you get rid of some of your best and loyal employees?