Category Archives: Film Reviews

Christopher Nolan’s Cleverness Never Ends | Film Review: “Dunkirk”

This year, the film I have most looked forward to seeing is Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. As a World War II buff and history teacher, when I heard this film was being made, my immediate reaction was, “Finally, a movie about the single most important event of the war.”  Without the evacuation at Dunkirk, the Normandy Invasions might not have been possible, as a large number of that D-Day force was made up of those rescued from Dunkirk’s beaches. Because of the event’s historical importance, not to mention cultural significance, the subject matter deserves an expert director, an ensemble cast, and a screenplay that presents the material in a new, exciting way.  With Nolan at the helm, and with a plethora of British stars, both old and new, Dunkirk is easily the best film of the year so far.  Continue reading Christopher Nolan’s Cleverness Never Ends | Film Review: “Dunkirk”

Return of The Sparrow: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ – Review

When Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was released, I doubt anyone was more excited than I was at seeing the fourth installment of my favorite film franchise.  By the time it ended, while I enjoyed the music, Geoffrey Rush’s performance, and Johnny Depp’s usual flapping, drunken demeanor, I wished the third had been the end.  It was the perfect ending to the trilogy, you know?  Sparrow singing “A Pirate’s Life for Me” to close the series just as a young Elizabeth sang it to open it seemed like a perfect, fitting finale.  Alas, they ruined it with a fourth, nonsensical film (I’m still trying to figure out why Sam Claflin was even there to begin with), and so the need for a fifth and maybe even sixth was apparent.  Not just for monetary purposes, but to fix what Producer Jerry Bruckheimer had clearly screwed up…and thankfully, Dead Men Tell No Tales cleaned up the disasterous fourth film WALL-E style.

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Movie Review: “Free Fire”

From Ben Wheatley, the mind behind films such as Sightseers and Highrise comes the new comedy Free Fire. The film follows the story of a Boston arms deal gone wrong. After gun dealer Vernon (Sharlto Copley) supplies his buyers, Chris and Frank (Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley respectively) with the wrong type of guns. Things turn sour fast. With such a simple premise, it leaves effectively an hour long shoot out, entirely set in a run-down warehouse. Continue reading Movie Review: “Free Fire”

TV Review: “Iron Fist”

Warning: Spoilers below.

Since the dawn of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there have been a great number of films in the action genre released with actual substance and character development.  This year’s Logan marked the pinnacle of that perfect blend of action and acting.  Of course, there have also been a few miscues on the part of MCU, mainly X-Men 3: The Last Stand and, on television, Luke Cage, which are still enjoyable, but markedly less well-made.  Marvel’s most recent release, Iron Fist, manages to hit that rare middle target of a Marvel production: great character development with more than OK acting (especially from Jessica Henwick) and writing, but a near-complete failure to deliver the action, in both choreography and editing, to which the MCU fan-base has become so accustomed.

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