One of my Top 10 movies of all times, The Usual Suspects is a cult mystery crime thriller released in 1995, written by Christopher McQuarrie, and directed by Bryan Singer. It doesn't have to make sense, actually, because it is too catchy on the whole. Everything started with and from a police lineup. McQuarrie made all up while working for a lawyer. The movie was shown first at Cannes Film Festival in 1995, out of the competition. After that it had a very reduced distribution in America, but … [Read more...]
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Insurgent, the second installment made after Veronica Roth's "Divergent Trilogy", is not worse than the first, Divergent itself. Despite what other critics say, I liked it as well. I remember giving Divergent a 9 out of ten on imdb, which was a great rating. I wouldn't do the same with their rival franchises, "The Hunger Games Trilogy" or "The Maze Runner Pentalogy". With all the glam they have being very trendy post apocalyptic dystopia bloody "game shows", I like this one better. Based on what … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]