I liked the first Iron Man for its offhandedness. I guess it is too much to expect a sequel (by design a safe bet on the part of the studio) to rely on improvised dialogue. Iron Man 2 tries mightily to deliver the goods, with action to spare and Robert Downey Jr. and co firing off jokes at a mile a minute. Continue reading
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Yesterday, I was called for jury duty, but was let out early, allowing me to sneak in a matinee of Paul Greengrass’ Green Zone. I love going to matinees, which still carry the allure of playing hookie. At this particular showing, I was alone in the audience. When the middle-aged theater employee surveyed the near-empty house and said “Enjoy your movie,” I felt like an eccentric millionaire who demands private, mid-afternoon screenings of earnest Matt Damon films.
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Yep, this is a movie about penises. No matter what lengths the director goes to misdirect the audience with all the banality (read: derivative, Lifetime-appropriated teenage life narratives), the whole thing boils down to a disappointingly simplistic, pubescent fantasy. Yes: that’s bold, italics, AND underlines you see there.
Repo Men is a film about hating your job, set in a dystopian future. In that way, it wants to be “Office Space meets Blade Runner.” Those films are classics; unfortunately, Repo Men is not. Continue reading
No action movie from the 1980s is as heralded today as is John McTiernan’s 1988 film Die Hard. When considering the competition (George P Cosmatos’ 1985 Rambo: First Blood Part II, James Cameron’s 1984 The Terminator), it becomes clear that what makes Die Hard so thrillingly exciting, so stunningly unique, is its accessibility. Continue reading