Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation


I’ve liked every “Mission: Impossible” picture to various degrees, “Ghost Protocol” being my favorite so far… Though as written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Usual Suspects”, who also directed the cult film “The Way of the Gun” and previously collaborated with Tom Cruise on the surprising “Jack Reacher”, “Rogue Nation” gives it a good run for its money. Continue reading Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Ant-Man


It’s the same old song: every time a Marvel film opens, the usual suspects raise their voices to complain about the overabundance of superhero movies, which are, according to those naysayers, interchangeable. Even though there generally isn’t more than 4 or 5 a year, i.e. much less than the number of horror flicks, biopics or romantic comedies, and despite the fact that, more and more, Marvel and their competitors’ productions each have their own distinctive flavor.

In 2014, was it really possible to compare espionage thriller “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” with space opera “Guardians of the Galaxy”? And this summer, can you honestly claim that the (literally) minimalist “Ant-Man” follows the same formula as the epic “Avengers: Age of Ultron”? Continue reading Ant-Man

Inside Out


Over the past 20 years, Pixar has wowed us by bringing to life toys (“Toy Story”), fish (“Finding Nemo”), robots (“WALL•E”) and more. But their greatest achievement until now was arguably the heartbreaking opening sequence of “Up”, where they momentarily left behind fantasy to tell a purely human story.

Well, Pixar outdoes the brilliant first 5 minutes of “Up” with “Inside Out”, a whole feature that deeply moves us by connecting directly to the human emotions. It’s nothing less than their best film to date. Continue reading Inside Out

Aloha


Okay.

I won’t dwell on this too much, but I almost don’t have a choice to mention that I’m aware that mine is a minority opinion, the vast majority of American critics having seemingly hated “Aloha”. That being said, I’m under the impression that several of them made up their mind in advance because of the negative buzz, which was due to the blatant lack of confidence displayed by the studio, which notably didn’t organize press screenings. Add the fact that a lot of critics are allergic to whimsy and sentimentality, and it was totally predictable that the film would be torn apart.

All I can say is that while “Aloha” isn’t perfect, it’s still pure Cameron Crowe: funny, touching, quirky, bright and colorful. I loved it. Continue reading Aloha