The expression ‘they don’t make ’em like they used to’ is commonly used to describe action films these days. This is why the old-fashioned approach that writer/director Christopher McQuarrie takes in adapting the 2005 novel ‘One Shot’ for the big screen makes it such a stand-out crime thriller. Devoid of digital augmentation, Jack Reacher has the type of heart – and punch – that I sorely miss from the ’80s, an era when the camera remained steady for fight scenes and car chases were dependent mostly on the talent of stunt drivers to do the work. It’s the same reason I loved McQuarrie’s first feature The Way of the Gun(2000), which was defined by its brutal simplicity and didn’t seem like it was trying too hard to prove anything. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Jack Reacher”
We all grow older in life. But ask yourself how old do you feel? I for one at times feel my age but there are many times in which I feel a tremendous amount younger than I am. Perhaps it’s because I have friends that are younger, or maybe it’s because I refuse to want to “grow up” as they say. But no matter what we are forced to continue down the path of maturity and move on. And in Liberal Arts, the film shows us that as much as we want to cling on to our youth, we must grow with our lives.
Liberal Arts shows us that our youth (and youthfulness) is slipping fast through our grasping fingers, no matter how hard a grip we may exert. Time and its pressures are a constant wear on the psyche and the soul, and yet we brace against the inevitable by reverting to a former mind-state or reveling in arrested development. Throughout it all, the world continues to turn, with no heed paid to our battle against time. As much as we want to hold on to those fleeting moments of perfection and idealism, they’re not ours to hold permanently; they must be passed and given away.
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If The Cabin in the Woods sounds like a generic title, it’s only because co-writers Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon wish to stress the gleeful irony of their material. The film, which might be considered both a sympathetic wink to starving horror fans and a giant middle finger to the current horror establishment, acknowledges – with equal parts love and disdain – the very stereotypes that make most of these scenarios so ridiculous.
The example in Cabin, which follows five ostensibly cookie-cutter college students off to the woods for a weekend of sex, drinking and other behaviors that typically result in their grisly demise, gives the Ten Little Indians formula (on which essentially every slasher movie is based) a conceptual overhaul, with some monumental consequences to boot. And though you don’t need to be a Comic-Con veteran or have a subscription to Fangoria magazine, your enjoyment – nay, comprehension – of Cabin is dependent largely on your knowledge (and appreciation) of the genre, particularly in its final 30 minutes. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: The Cabin in the Woods”
FilmDistrict has released new clips for its lastest drama/adventure, The Rum Diary. Based on the early novel (of the Continue reading “New Rum Diary Clips”