Thursday, March 31, 2016
Shark Tale, you know his work all too well. His most recent feature, Goosebumps, was a solid effort, but his DreamWorks Animation efforts were as generic as imaginable while Gulliver's Travels was...the film that cost Emily Blunt the chance to play Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Monday, March 28, 2016
Friday, March 25, 2016
Counting the stars
Waiting for Superman to pick her up
In his arms" - Daughtry
In the final scene of the 1959 Francois Truffaut film The 400 Blows, the lead character, a young boy named Antoine Doinel, finally makes it the beach, a serene domain full of the kind of peace and tranquility he's been yearning for. Yes, he's made it...but at what cost? He's alienated his parents, turned to a life of crime, sullied his reputation, he's sacrificed so much to get here. The closing shot of the motion picture focuses solely on the face of Antoine Doinel, an expression of remorse and confusion over realizing all that has been lost in his pursuit of escaping his demanding life. It's a haunting facial expression....and the very same one that was etched onto my face when I emerged from my Thursday night screening of Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Now, let's get this started, shall we?
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Zootopia Is Number One Movie At The Box Office Three Weeks In A Row While Allegiant Falls And Midnight Special Hopping
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Friday, March 18, 2016
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Seth Rogen Brings His R-Rated Shenanigans To Animation In The NSFW Red-Band Trailer For Sausage Party
Monday, March 14, 2016
I just hope that future efforts from this man aren't as terrible as Knight Of Cups.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Zootopia Roars Again At The Box Office, While 10 Cloverfield Lane Performs Solidly And The Brothers Grimsby Tanks
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Friday, March 11, 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Wait...what??? Are you serious???
Oh my God, they're making a TV show out of the recurring Carpool Karaoke skit on James Cordens late night show? How's that gonna work as a recurring television program?
Oh, and there's a new Captain America trailer, that's also big.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Forbes and Hitfix, though patrons on YouTube expressed displeasure with a massive amount of dislikes (its like-to-dislike ratio is worse than the trailers for God's Not Dead 2, Pixels and even the Point Break remake) and numerous introspective comments calling for the death of the four lead actors. In terms of analytics, Pro Box Office noted, when looking at its impact on social media websites and view count across multiple platforms four days into the trailers existence, that "as far as trailer impacts and splashes go, they really don't get much bigger than this."
Monday, March 7, 2016
Saturday, March 5, 2016
In this Akira Kurosawa film, a village of farmers is coming under attack from ruthless bandits and annihilation seems all but inevitable. A small group of the inhabitants of this residence go off in search of samurai warriors to defend their domain, even though they have no financial way to compensate them (they intend to tide the combatants over with rice and even that goes missing shortly into their journey). Their voyage soon takes them to a ronin named Kambei (Takashi Shimura), who agrees to both aid the villagers in their task and be a master/trainer to a young man named Katsushiro (Isao Kimura).
Over time, Kambei and Katsushiro help the band of villagers acquire the services of five other samurai, with one of the samurai being an individual named Kikuchiyo (Toshiro Mifune), a character who becomes the heart and soul of the entire motion picture. When he first enters the story, he appears as a bumbling drunk, seemingly having all of the combat skills of an inert hippopotamus. Afterwards, he follows the group of six samurai much to their derision and it becomes clear to the audience that Kikuchiyo will be more of a source of effective comedy than anything else in this feature film.
But here's where the true storytelling genius of Seven Samurai is exemplified, as Kikuchiyo soon proves to be far more than what he seems at first glance. Oh he provides plenty of yuks, especially in a sequence where his pride gets the better of him as he attempts to ride a horse. But his backstory is slowly but surely revealed to both the viewer and the other samurai, and it turns out he was an orphaned offspring of villagers just like the ones he's been tasked to protect. The script does a masterful job dispensing this background information in a succinct manner while Toshiro Mifune is similarly in top-notch form ensuring that the more comedic side of this character can co-exist organically with more nuanced aspects of his personality that come forth in the later sequences of Seven Samurai.
Kikuchiyo isn't the only character to garner exceptionally more depth as the story moves along, and that may be the secret to why Seven Samurai works so well. The driving force behind this story is that the titular group of warriors must help protect this group of ragtag villagers and various conflicts and interactions between the downtrodden residents and mercenaries isn't glossed over in a two minute montage. Craft is put into the sundry of character dynamics present in the story, with maybe my favorite being the rapport between Kikychiyo and a constantly sorrowful villager named Yohei (Bokuzen Hidari).
Folks, there's a reason Akira Kurosawa is considered a silver screen legend in the grand scheme of cinema as an artform, and Seven Samurai allows one to see his visual stylings at their apex. There are so many gorgeous shots and pieces of imagery to be found in this motion picture (I particularly like the image of three of the titular samurai walking by the graves of fallen warriors in the last scene of the movie) to keep the One.Perfect.Shot. Twitter feed going for all of eternity. On a similar note, there's also a reason why Seven Samurai continues to resonate as a prominent influence of art in the 21st century. When you make a film this well made and riveting, it's bound to stick around in the pop culture consciousness for awhile.
Friday, March 4, 2016
Last nights Thursday night numbers are in for Zootopia (which I won't be seeing and reviewing until Tuesday), as well as London Has Fallen, though I'm still waiting on figures for the third new release of this weekend, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Anywho, looks like Zootopia is about be a huge box office hit is its Thursday night grosses are anything to go by. It grossed $1.7 million last night, a major improvement on all comparable titles.