Chasing After Eden: A Review of “Logan”

(This review contains spoilers) Everyone knows superheroes. They have an ethical code and boundaries they will not cross. They think of others before themselves. They have their flaws, but learn from their mistakes. Sometimes they lose their way, but they find the strength to rediscover their road. And they always save the day. Logan, known … Continue reading Chasing After Eden: A Review of “Logan”

X Marks The Spot: Reviewing A Franchise, Part 2

In the buildup to the release of Logan, Hugh Jackman’s much-touted swan song as the Wolverine, I decided to rewatch the entire X-Men movie franchise. Reviewing it wasn’t part of the plan, but I found myself spontaneously writing one off-the-cuff for the first film. After that it only seemed fair to do the same for … Continue reading X Marks The Spot: Reviewing A Franchise, Part 2

X Marks The Spot: Reviewing A Franchise, Part 1

In the buildup to the release of Logan, Hugh Jackman's much-touted swan song as the Wolverine, I decided to rewatch the entire X-Men movie franchise. Reviewing it wasn't part of the plan, but I found myself spontaneously writing one off-the-cuff for the first film. After that it only seemed fair to do the same for … Continue reading X Marks The Spot: Reviewing A Franchise, Part 1

I Believe I’ve Captured Something of Your Likeness: “The Adventures of Tintin”

A young man sits for his portrait by a street cartoonist. The artist notes that his subject looks familiar and asks if he's drawn him before. Finally, he finishes his work and hands the drawing over. "I believe I've captured something of your likeness," he says proudly. And indeed he has, with the perfectly oval … Continue reading I Believe I’ve Captured Something of Your Likeness: “The Adventures of Tintin”

Lights, Camera, Character: A Review of “Super 8”

It's 1979. Four boys are busy making an amateur zombie film with their Super 8 camera and plenty of ambition. Joe, in charge of makeup and sound, struggles to reconnect with his father after his mother's death and come to terms with the fact that she's no longer in his life. But when the guerilla … Continue reading Lights, Camera, Character: A Review of “Super 8”

What A Busy Afterlife You’re Having: A Review of “Sherlock Holmes”

The side of a wooden crate fills the frame. White painted letters beside helpful directional arrows read "This Way Up". Then the camera angle moves--downwards. Suddenly, the ground and the sky have shifted positions. Robert Downey, Jr. in Victorian clothes chases a big bruiser near the harbour. They're running upside-down. The camera dances and whirls … Continue reading What A Busy Afterlife You’re Having: A Review of “Sherlock Holmes”

Natural Synthetics: James Cameron’s “Avatar”

When you stop and think about it, movies are weird things. They’re not exactly real, are they? It doesn’t matter if the movie is fifty years old without a singe pixel to be found. It still isn’t actually real. You couldn’t shake the people you see on screen by the hand if you wanted to, … Continue reading Natural Synthetics: James Cameron’s “Avatar”

The Spirit of Adventure: Pixar’s “Up”

The motion picture Up is the sole property of Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures. All images are screencaps taken from my own DVD copy. No copyright infringement is intended by the use of these pictures. *** Wouldn’t you love to escape the world? When life gets too busy, too complicated, too noisy, too distracting, who … Continue reading The Spirit of Adventure: Pixar’s “Up”