Ant Man – Marvel’s most recent movie, from director Peyton Reed, stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Peña, Michael Douglas, Bobby Cannavale, and Judy Greer. When I first learned there would be a superhero called “Ant Man,” I laughed. A lot. It really did sound like the worst idea ever. However, after watching … Continue reading Ant-Man (2015)
Amy Schumer writes and stars in Trainwreck, directed by Judd Apatow. If you enjoyed Anchorman (2004) or Bridesmaids (2013), this modern and fast-paced comedy is definitely for you. "Monogamy is unrealistic." That's the message that Amy Townsend (Amy Schumer) has had drilled into her head by her father, Gordon (Colin Quinn) since she and her … Continue reading Trainwreck (2015)
Ancient Rome is remembered for many things: the political drama (Ides of March, anyone?), the immensity of the empire, and of course the gladiator games. Ridley Scott’s Gladiator (2000) combines all three of these elements into an engaging and outstanding cross between the historical drama and action genres. The film was scored by Hans Zimmer … Continue reading Gladiator (2000)
Meh. That’s the word I want to use when I think of an overall impression of Life of Crime. Released in 2013 at the Toronto International Film Festival, Life of Crime is an independent crime-comedy film directed by Daniel Schechter. Although it’s classified as such, I did not find myself experiencing any kind of laughter. … Continue reading Life of Crime (2013)
Robert Downey Jr will eventually hang up his Iron Man mask and thrusters and give up on the Marvel franchise. It is a sad fact but one that has been hinted at, skirted around and thankfully avoided for at least one more Marvel movie. After Captain America: Civil War, I can’t see Downey Jr holding out for the Infinity Wars movies – particularly when he is already starting to look kind of bored as Stark already.
This means that eventually Marvel will have to make the decision as to whether they recast the role of Tony Stark or retire that character, possibly forever, and move on. I really hope they choose the latter option.
Recasting has already happened…
I understand that this has worked for other franchises. James Bond is well-known for having been played by many different actors, with varied degrees of success. Superheroes aren’t immune from this either…
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The Cobbler (2014) was directed and written by Thomas McCarthy, who also wrote for Up (2009). Starring Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, and Method Man, this film is a dramatic look at a simple concept: What’s it like to be in someone else’s shoes? McCarthy takes this question and creates … Continue reading The Cobbler (2014)
When I was a kid, I had nightmares about all kinds of fictional creatures; the werewolf from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban being the most terrifying of all. However, after seeing Troll 2, I’ve realized that what I should have been afraid of was terrible movies made about these creatures. Troll 2 is … Continue reading Troll 2 (1990)
Prologue: How does one review a 21-year-old movie that has received massive critical acclaim and become legendary in pop culture? Well, I almost didn’t – the task just seemed too intimidating. Some people in my life would say that I haven’t seen anything…so I started to make a list of movies I needed to see. … Continue reading Pulp Fiction (1994)
One of the many mysteries of life is emotion, and the presence of a conscience in people. Inside Out is a much more fascinating exploration of these two abstract concepts than my Psychology 100 class was. Kaitlyn Dias voices Riley, an eleven-year-old girl who has just moved from Minnesota to San Francisco, much to … Continue reading Inside Out (2015)