All posts by Grant Townsend Moore

"I'm a cinematographer based in Nashville, TN that specializes in narrative and commercial work. I'm an avid movie fan through and through, so long as there's good lighting"

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Helps Raise Franchise From The Depths (Review)

It’s hard to believe that we live in a world where we have five blockbuster films based off a ride a Disneyworld, yet here we are.  The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise kicked off in 2003 with The Curse of the Black Pearl.  Due to the huge success of the film and the popularity of Johnny Depp’s performance as Captain Jack Sparrow, three more films followed. 2011’s On Stranger Tides was so negatively reviewed, it seemed the franchise was dead in the water. However, here we are in 2017 with the newest film in the franchise Dead Men Tell No Tales to try to raise this saga from the depths. Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Helps Raise Franchise From The Depths (Review)

Free Fire: Reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs [Review]

Action-comedy is a genre that walks a fine line; too far in one direction and the other can falter.  The result is either a funny movie with some action or an action movie with some cheesy one liners. Recent movies like Kingsmen: The Secret Service or Kick-Ass are prime examples of the perfect blend of entertaining action and hearty laughs. That sometimes can work or be a misfire, but those elements culminate in a perfect blend for Ben Wheatley’s latest directorial effort Free Fire. Continue reading Free Fire: Reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs [Review]

Logan: Wolverine’s Farewell is an Emotional and Action-Packed Journey [Review]

Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is one of the first things that comes to mind when someone thinks of comic book movies.  He has been the face of the X-men franchise for 17 years.  This is the role that propelled Jackman into the superstar he is today.  When Jackman announced he was ready to retire the claws, he set a big task for himself; to send the beloved character out with a film worthy of being the last hoorah. Continue reading Logan: Wolverine’s Farewell is an Emotional and Action-Packed Journey [Review]

Get Out: Jordan Peele Doesn’t Quite Make the Jump From Comedy to Thriller [Review]

Jordan Peele, of the power house comedy duo Key and Peele, is definitely onto something with his craft.  The best material has a kernel of truth rooted somewhere in it.  With comedy, truth can illicit genuine laughter from audiences who are able to relate. Drama becomes more grounded when it provides some sort of commentary on our reality.  Key and Peele has been such a success because of it’s comedic take on race issues and black stereotypes.  With Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out, he tackles similar issues using the psychological thriller genre as his conduit. Continue reading Get Out: Jordan Peele Doesn’t Quite Make the Jump From Comedy to Thriller [Review]

Fist Fight Isn’t a Knock-Out Punch, But Does Land Some Good Jabs [Review]

It’s difficult to make a truly funny and original comedy these days.   Most comedic films being put out are sequels to hits from over a decade ago, like Zoolander 2 and Bad Santa 2.  The best laughs can be found on TV shows or web series.  Granted there have been some great comedies in recent years like Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street Fist Fight is a new comedy that isn’t on par with the likes of the original Hangover movie, however it was surprisingly funny given that it’s premise was expected to be a little lackluster. Continue reading Fist Fight Isn’t a Knock-Out Punch, But Does Land Some Good Jabs [Review]

John Wick: Chapter Two Brings The House Down in This Bigger, Better Sequel [Review]

In 2017 it’s difficult to make an action movie that feels fun and original.  With franchises like Mission Impossible and Jason Bourne, the formula for a great action movie has been well-established. Grandiose action sequences riddled with a marathon of cuts gave audiences as feeling of pure mayhem drenched action. Continue reading John Wick: Chapter Two Brings The House Down in This Bigger, Better Sequel [Review]