“Far From Home” is a solid if so-so Spider-Man film

Budget: $160 Million One of the earliest posts I made about Spider-Man on this website is that his introduction into the MCU would be the catalyst for its ruination. I was premature, but after viewing Spider-Man: Far From Home I’m still not entirely sure I was wrong. “[T]he most generous thing you can say about…

‘Okja’ Easily Clears the Low Bar Set By Netflix’s Feature Film Production

From Bong Joon Ho and Plan B Entertainment, a Netflix Original Film, ‘Okja’ Starring: Seo Hyu-Ahn Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Devon Bostick, Lily Collins, Steven Yeun, Jake Gyllenhaal, with Giancarlo Esposito Budget: $50 million, Music by: Jaeil Jung, Cinematography by: Darius Khondji It’s always nice to see an original idea well-executed and on a decent budget. With Okja, the second (after the $60…

Review: The ‘Life’ We Know

Why did Jake Gyllenhaal trap Ryan Reynolds behind an air lock? That was the question that drove me to see Life. Has Gyllenhaal gone space crazy? Is it to save his own skin? Is he the poison pill character in horror films? A criminally underutilized aspect of the marketing campaign typical to Sony is all over the place…

The Efficient Procedural; Prisoners Review

Director: Dennis Villeneuve (Incendies, Polytechnique) Writer: Aaron Guzkowski (Contraband) Cinematographer: Roger Deakins (Skyfall) Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Production Budget: $46 million Release Date: Friday, September 20th, 2013 Running Time: 2 hours and 26 minutes Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Paul Dano, and Melissa Leo Plot: Two children go missing…

Quietly Enjoyable Movies

There are box-office successes, failures, critical bombs and cult hits, but each film can have something of its own that doesn’t quite fit it into any of those categories, but is just good enough. These films are mild success stories based on their own merits. Monsters (2010) $237,301  72% 63 Highest Praise: Legendary Pictures, who upon seeing  the scale of…