With ‘Solo’, the Star Wars Brand Hits a New Low

There was a lot of skepticism in the air going into this movie; the changing of directors midway through and Academy Award Winner Ron Howard, arguably the most accomplished director to helm a Star Wars movie re-shooting about 80% of the film. Accepting the increasingly event-less nature Disney has made Star Wars, I went into…

This Is Star Wars!

George Lucas once said that at its heart Star Wars is not a Space Opera, but a Family Soap Opera! Well it turns out another ambitious family soap opera has had the guts to compare itself to Star Wars and it sticks! Beth Pearson fights most of the battles behind the scenes that the rest…

War for the Planet of the Apes – REVIEW- What is it Good For?!

Often with decent directors it can take a few movies to figure out their style. For what we know from Matt Reeves previous three films Cloverfield, Let Me In, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and his latest follow-up War for the Planet of the Apes is that he often films behind the action. With a methodically…

Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming ‘This Is Your Chance Peter!’

I was struck at the same thought 5 minutes into Spider-Man: Homecoming that I had for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 two months ago – “Wow! These people really know what they’re doing.” This was a movie I did not want to like, a third reboot for Spider-Man in 15 years and I didn’t think there was…

REVIEW: Dueling forces at the heart of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ threaten to tear the franchise apart

FilmGamer: @Serious_George Director: Gareth Edwards Writer: Gary Whitta, John Knoll, (story by) Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy (re-writes) (based on characters created by George Lucas) Produced by: A crapload of people Music By: Michael Giacchino (Star Trek) Cinematography: Greig Fraser Film Editing; John Gilroy, Colin Goudie, Jabez Olssen Running Time: 132 minutes Budget: $200 million dollars…

Civil War is a better Avengers sequel than a Captain America follow-up

I predict with a continuing trend of uber-franchises and mega-sequels we will also see the emergence of co-directors. Joe and Anthony Russo who cut their teeth on ensemble tv-shows like Arrested Development and Community made their big screen debut with the superb Captain America: Winter Soldier. It’s sequel does what Joss Whedon struggled to do…

Modern Electronic Film Composing in the 2010’s: Case ‘Legacy & Oblivion’

Featuring the music composed by “Daft Punk” and “M83”: Mission Statement: Big-time Hollywood director Joseph Kosinski made his mark on movie history landing an expensive debut with Tron Legacy and following it up with the relatively big Oblivion, an adaptation of his own sci-fi treatment. Both times he collaborated with musicians outside the movie industry….

“No More Questions” – Tomorrowland

There is a point in director Brad Bird’s (Ratatouille) Tomorrowland, where a young child selectively spouting exposition threatens to shut down immediately if our hero Cassie Newton (Britt Robertson) keeps asking questions. Such is the modus operandi of co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus). At that point sometime after the first act I worried and was later…

New Spider-Man July 28th 2017, likely be Catalyst for Ruination

Variety reports that Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Former Sony Pictures Chair Amy Pascal will produce a film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe due out just over two years from now on July 28th, 2017. Currently the third Thor movie: Ragnarok is scheduled for that date, which moves to November 3rd, while Marvel stablemate Black Panther…