(1 Oct) Commando (1985, Mark L. Lester) 100 Continue reading 2015 log (10)
(1 Sep) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, Wes Craven) 86 Continue reading 2015 log (9)
(4 Aug) Irrational Man (2015, Woody Allen) 75 Continue reading 2015 log (8)
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
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
(1 Jul) Beverly Hills Cop (1984, Martin Brest) 65 Continue reading 2015 log (7)
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