Monday, June 20, 2011

Green Lantern (2011)

You feelin' lucky, Hobbit? Take it.

     Since I'm not a professional film critic, I don't have the luxury of screening films before their national release. This also means that I have the option to read criticism for a film before I write about it. As this is one of the best ways to learn, I do take advantage of it every now and then. Most of the critics that I read on a regular basis I end up agreeing with the majority of the time. There are a few times every year, however, that a film comes out and bucks this trend. Green Lantern is one of these films.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Super 8 (2011)


     From the moment J.J. Abrams' Super 8 was announced there were no illusions as to what it was supposed to be. Super 8 was conceived and constructed to be a throwback to not just the summer blockbusters of the early 80's, but specifically to the early works of Steven Spielberg. On this level Super 8 is an overwhelming success. Abrams is clearly intimately familiar with these films, and loves them unabashedly. His film is the cinematic embodiment of nostalgia. The more time you spend with the film, however, the more you realize that nostalgia alone does not a good movie make. There is an eerie hollowness to Super 8 that keeps it from joining the ranks of the summer classics it so desperately wants to be.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

X-Men: First Class (2011)


     Going into X-Men: First Class I was afraid that I might already be coming down with a bad case of sequelitis. It's way too early in the "Summer of Sequels and Superheroes" to be suffering the effects already, but The Hangover 2 was carrying a particularly virulent strain of said disease. On top of that, the last two X-men movies could best be described as "the exact opposite of 'good'". So there I sat in the darkened theatre brainstorming awesome titles to use in my review (such as X-Men: Economy Class), when the film started to roll. Suddenly something weird happened. I found myself totally engrossed in a really good movie.