Deep in the jungle lives an orphaned boy. Mowgli (Neel Sethi), found by a no-nonsense panther named Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), Mowgli is brought to the wolves and is trained in the ways of the wolf. However, as a growing human, what Mowgli lacks in wolf like abilities he uses his human ‘tricks’ such as tool crafting. During the summer, while everyone is gathering at the watering hole that is Peace Rock, the fearsome Shere Khan (Idris Elba) makes it known that humans aren’t allowed to live in the jungle. A violation of that law is death, according to Khan. The interspecies truce is only valid until Peace Rock is submerged by the fall rains. Khan bides his time as he knows what everyone else is thinking: Winter is coming.Continue reading “Movie Review – The Jungle Book (2016)”
In a movie where Robin Williams is Teddy Roosevelt and Attila the Hun among others, try to stop an ancient Egyptian tablet from eroding. Apparently, if the tablet dies, then the magic that brought the museum to life will stop forever. So Larry (Ben Stiller), and his waxed compatriots travel to London’s British Museum, in search of answers. Akmenrah’s parents are on exhibit at the Museum and could have the answers that threaten the existence of the crew.
The movie “Exodus: Gods & Kings” was swimming in controversy, well before its release. #BoycottExodusMovie has been trending online for months, though it’s unclear what impact it could have at the box office. The outcry is just. How can a big budget production, set in ancient Egypt, not give a single speaking role to a person of color. Used as background filler or lowly servants and slaves; the diversity in the cast, rivals that of “Birth of a Nation”. The old-school Jim Crow era casting aside, “Exodus” gets a lot of things wrong with the story. I’ll acknowledge the attempt to stray from the holy source material of the 1956 DeMille epic. I will not forgive the omissions of key plot points in the story. To say that “Exodus” takes liberties with the story is a bit of an understatement; after the revisionist history route instead, the movie sells you on the idea of the second greatest story ever told. This time in 3-D. Continue reading “Movie Review – Exodus”
Politically incorrect. Those are just two words to describe nearly every film Sacha Baron Cohen has ever written and those who are easily offended should stay away completely. Cohen is best known for his mockumentary style films where he takes on a character he’s created and puts them into the real world. Here however, he ventures into the scripted domain. Is it a success? Can the same humor translate into the scripted world?
Movies are dreams brought to life. Movies are a magical experience. A great movie is like watching pure magic on screen because the world of the film becomes your own world as you watch it. It engrosses you and everything else around you fades away. They are in fact a form of magic and the director is the magician. The director is the one responsible for creating an entire world that you can let yourself into. And Martin Scorsese is a brilliant director and magician of film.