“American Assassin” Mini-REVIEW

Is the Assassin film to easy to do correctly? Staking a rare spot in between Jason Bourne, and James Bond, the former 24 Jack Bauer director Michael Cuesta gives an update to the lucrative secret agent formula. The problem is that the film doesn’t go all in on its premise of a hardline assassin’s impact…

Killer Queen ‘Atomic Blonde’ Review

Director: David Leitch (Co-Director of John Wick/ Upcoming Deadpool 2) I often forget how much less film-versed other guys who watch movies and comment on the internet are than me. The top YouTube/ Facebook comments on this film tend to be guys complaining about one of three things. The first is how the movie is a failed…

Christopher Nolan Directs to His Limit in ‘Dunkirk’

It is poetic that in Christopher Nolan’s tenth feature film, about defeat and evacuation that the director has finally writ large and conceded to his weaknesses as a filmmaker. A point showing how far he has come as a director, continuing to advance beyond such classics as Memento, my personally favourite film and The Dark Knight, one of the…

The occasionally fun hit & miss ‘Valerian’ makes for a bumpy ride

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a watchable and entertaining film, even quite memorable in parts but its style pushes the subjectivity of taste on the audience. There are very many appealing things in the movie, sci-fi aesthetics, 3D extravaganza, attractive babes, romance action suspense and mythology and how the movie applies those…

War (for the Planet of the Apes)! What is it Good For?!

Often with decent directors it can take a few movies to figure out their style. For what we know from Matt Reeves previous three films Cloverfield, Let Me In, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and his latest follow-up War for the Planet of the Apes is that he often films behind the action. With a methodically…

Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming ‘This Is Your Chance Peter!’

I was struck at the same thought 5 minutes into Spider-Man: Homecoming that I had for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 two months ago – “Wow! These people really know what they’re doing.” This was a movie I did not want to like, a third reboot for Spider-Man in 15 years and I didn’t think there was…

Review: ‘Baby Driver’ is the Best Movie of the Year!

This is the second time director Edgar Wright has made my favourite movie of the year! Seven years ago Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World came crashing in poised as a summer hit and instead flopped destined to become a cult classic. Since then the director has done ‘almost’ two movies besides this one. The World’s…

‘Okja’ Easily Clears the Low Bar Set By Netflix’s Feature Film Production

From Bong Joon Ho and Plan B Entertainment, a Netflix Original Film, ‘Okja’ Starring: Seo Hyu-Ahn Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Devon Bostick, Lily Collins, Steven Yeun, Jake Gyllenhaal, with Giancarlo Esposito Budget: $50 million, Music by: Jaeil Jung, Cinematography by: Darius Khondji It’s always nice to see an original idea well-executed and on a decent budget. With Okja, the second (after the $60…

Review: The ‘Life’ We Know

Why did Jake Gyllenhaal trap Ryan Reynolds behind an air lock? That was the question that drove me to see Life. Has Gyllenhaal gone space crazy? Is it to save his own skin? Is he the poison pill character in horror films? A criminally underutilized aspect of the marketing campaign typical to Sony is all over the place…

REVIEW: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ is a warm familiar place

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Writers: John Gatins (story), Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), Derek Connolly (Jurassic World), Max Borenstein (Godzilla) Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Richard Jenkins, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Marc Evan Jackson, and John C. Reilly Run Time: 118 Minutes Studios: Legendary Pictures (Godzilla), Warner Bros….