Posted: August 18, 2014 | Author: Donald | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Aidan Gillen, Allison Berg, Benecio Del Toro, Bradley Cooper, Brendan Gleeson, Calvary, Chris O’Dowd, Chris Pratt, David Bautista, Djimon Hounsou, Dylan Moran, E. Emmet Walsh, Frank Keraudren, Glenn Close, Guardians of the Galaxy, Isaach De Bankole, James Gunn, John C. Reilly, John Michael McDonagh, John Wojtowicz, Karen Gillian, Kelly Reilly, Killian Scott, Michael Rooker, Nicole Perlman, Owen Sharpe, The Dog, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana | Leave a comment »
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Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them
Malvolio in Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare
Well, I’m not sure I want to go over to actor Chris Pratt’s house for the holidays. After starring in both Guardians of the Galaxy and The Lego Movie, I strongly suspect there’s going to be no living with him.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest in the summer blockbusters the studios tend to set upon us now that it is, well…summer, I guess. The main difference is that GOT Galaxy (as I call it, or just started calling it cause it sounds kind of neat) has it’s tongue far more firmly planted in its cheek than in most summer blockbusters—and that’s saying a lot if you take Iron Man into consideration.
How good is it? Well, on a scale of one to ten, it’s not as good as The Lego Movie or X-Men: Days of Future Past, but it’s better than Edge of Tomorrow (or Live Die Repeat as the Cruise control movie seems to be called now that it’s being released on home video). Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: June 9, 2014 | Author: Donald | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Audrey Tatou, Bruce Davison, Cedric Klapisch, Clive Owen, Cold in July, Don Johnson, Fred Schepsi, Gerald di Pego, Jim Mickle, Juliet Binoche, Kelly Reilly, Michael C. Hall, Nick Damici, Romain Duris, Sam Shepard, Words and Pictures | Leave a comment »
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Ofttimes of late, and not so late, I get into a discussion/argument/knock down drag out fight as to whether the director or the screenwriter is more important to the success of a movie, or even to the existence of a movie. The conflict usually boils down to which is more important, the visual or written aspects.
It’s a silly argument, at least it should be, because the answer is that both are important and neither should be denigrated (and are often so intermingled that you can’t even tell what part of the film resulted from one over the other). It’s a pretty obvious conclusion, though you’d be surprised as to how many people don’t go for the obvious. Read the rest of this entry »