The Counselor is a 2013 movie made by Ridley Scott and written by no other than Cormac McCarthy, the 2007 Pulitzer winner for "The Road". The book was successfully dramatized in a post-apocalyptic movie directed by John Hillcoat and written by Joe Penhall, a good move perhaps. McCarthy's dialogue is too heavy without being relevant for the plot, and everything is much too cryptic. Sometimes is clumsy and bland, the action doesn't seem to be built logically. A lot of side stories without … [Read more...]
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Man of Steel is the 2013 Christopher Nolan's version of Superman. To be correct, he shared the story credits with his friend, David S. Goyer. The movie director is Zack Snyder, not one of my favorites, but I can't complain. Critics all over said that this version is much too violent, but in my opinion it is only too gloomy. This is not the classic "Superman" re-make because it's only loosely based on the character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. It mostly seems a story created around … [Read more...]
5 to 7 is a wonderful big screen debut for Victor Levin, the executive producer for "Mad Men" both in directing and screenwriting. Despite some top critics' opinions that the movie has a "sitcom-ish superficiality" and new York is a fantasy version of what actually is, as well as the French women are not like the one here, it has a fresh look and a more than smart screenplay. Actually all the cliches in it are very wise used. I have the feeling that all the unfavorable reviews were made by … [Read more...]
Mel Brooks celebrated this week his 90th birthday. He was born on June 28, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York. When he was 18, he searched for landmines in North Africa during World War II. Now, he is one of the very few people who ever won an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscars, Tony Awards). Actually he needs one more Oscar to win a double EGOT. Mel Brooks - Short Biography He is the son of James and Kate (née Brookman) Kaminsky, Jews from Danzig (Gdansk, Poland) - the father's family … [Read more...]
Marvel dated back in 1939 as an American comic book series. The first number was titled “Marvel Comics”, but to the next, “Mystery” was added in the title, so the collection became “Marvel Mystery Comics”. The group took again the Marvel Comics name as an imprint of Marvel Worldwide Inc. in 1961. The main characters created were Captain America, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Thor, Wolverine, Iron Man, Hulk. More about Marvel Marvel has a tumultuous history. Marvel Entertainment filed for bankruptcy … [Read more...]
The General is another relevant Irish movie, like Intermission (2003), or The Guard (2011), to mention only two others. As you have already guessed, it's not about the 1928 Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman production, a movie with the same title. It was released in 1998 as well, like Great Expectations and a whole more wonderful productions from the same year. It is funny even though I won't include it in my "Comedy" category. It's more like a very specific Irish crime movie with sparks of … [Read more...]