The recurring theme in two of the previous four movie reviews I’ve reviewed here is that, yes, summer movies have been a major letdown on all fronts. Superhero movies? Duds. Animated movies? Cash-grabs. Mega-budget sci-fi sequels? Repugnant. Comedies? Crickets. It’s worth mentioning summer for a third time because audiences have not been given that ONE movie that stays with them beyond the weekend they see it in theaters. Luckily, that changes this weekend. Hell or High Water is a near-perfect modern Western, filled with excellent performances and cheeky dialogue that personify the embodiment of the withering away of the genuine American Dream.
Hitman: Agent 47 did so many things right. For starters, it wasn’t an origin story. The origin of the titular character was neatly summed up in the first 30 seconds of the film, before the title sequence. Everything was clearly lined up and explained. Some people wanted a thing to happen and some other people wanted to stop that; now they’re going to fight.
It’s so refreshing these days to see a movie that’s not a sequel or prequel or reboot. That’s probably why I had no idea what this was going in; I’d forgotten I’d seen the trailer and there wasn’t that much hype over this one. So I had no expectations on this one and was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t quite get the title, but Wikipedia was there in the pinch – this was based on a TV show from the 1960s that ran for four seasons… huh. I guess it IS a reboot, nevermind then.
From writer Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard comes The Walking Dead comic series from Skybound and Image. Check out my review of issue #145.
I’ve been reviewing Starfire for the last couple of months mainly because I was surprised by it. I didn’t expect the book to be bad by any means, but I also didn’t expect that I would enjoy it as much as I do. Writing duo Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti along with the art team of Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy and Hi-Fi have created one of my favorite super hero comics that I look forward to every month and its still not too late for you to jump on board if you haven’t already done so.
From Cinemax and director Steven Soderbergh comes the acclaimed surgical period drama The Knick. Starring Clive Owen, Andre Holland, Katrina E. Perkins, Juliet Rylance, Eric Johnson, Eve Hewson, Chris Sullivan, Michael Angarano, Cara Seymour and Jeremy Bobb. Season one is available on DVD/Blu-ray August 11th. The series begins it’s second season October 16th.
Last I heard, Dr. Dre had been working on what was supposed to be the most revolutionary rap album of our time – ‘Detox’. Years went by and that record seemed to become more mythical than Guns n’ Roses’ ‘Chinese Democracy’. Then this movie ‘Straight Outta Compton’ gets scheduled to come out and all of a sudden something new and unexpected happens…
After seeing the Fantastic Four, I felt so dirty that I decided to do a small review for Shaun the Sheep to cleanse my palette. Now I can’t help but compare the two. Shaun the Sheep is better paced, with actual storytelling – it even looks better. Certainly it has better dialogue. In short, Shaun the Sheep outdoes Fantastic Four in every way except, it seems, in box office revenue.
Industrial metal pioneers Fear Factory have unleashed their ninth studio album ‘Genexus’ through Nuclear Blast Records. This is the band’s strongest release since 1998’s ‘Obsolete’ and one of the year’s most impressive heavy metal albums so far. Welcome back you crazy metal cyborgs.
From director Joel Edgerton and STX Entertainment/Blumhouse Productions comes psychological thriller The Gift. Starring Joel Edgerton, Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, the film is currently playing in theatres now.
True Detective season two was created and written by Nic Pizzolatto. The critically acclaimed HBO series kicked off this past June with Fast and Furious director Justin Lin helming the first two episodes. The series stars Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kitsch and Rachael McAdams.
Despite some very solid advice — this week I went to see Fantastic Four. And I got what I deserved. Fair warning, unlike my other reviews, I’m going to spoil this one as much as I can because I’d rather you lose interest than have to sit through it.