WORDS: Patrick Kolan Let me tell you about The Dark Tower. In terms of cinematic tumult, the adaptation of dark-fiction sensei Stephen King’s offbeat horror-cum-western-cum-fantasy has weathered a lot. In the past twenty years, it’s changed directors and producers over and over, swerving back and forth from television to film, to a trilogy, back to [...]
It delights me to report that Baby Driver is a monumental fucking triumph. This is the best action movie of 2017 and the best thing Wright has done to date.
WORDS: Patrick Kolan | @patchkolan There are a few ways I want to approach this, so let’s get the obvious stuff out of the way. Alien: Covenant is a very pretty, very watchable disappointment in all the same ways as Prometheus before it. Nothing in the intervening years demonstrates to me that Ridley Scott has learned about [...]
It’s never a good sign when the audience starts laughing during “serious” moments in a film.
In his book Bambi Vs. Godzilla, screenwriting legend David Mamet puts forward an argument as to why we watch so many lacklustre, big budget Hollywood films: one time we saw a really phenomenal one, and ever since then, we’ve been “chasing the dragon”.
*Author's note: As always, I have avoided spoilers – so there will be little discussion of the story itself. * Wes Anderson’s work has a tendency to rub some people the wrong way. I will never understand them. They must see the world weirdly, in a different hue, to a different score. So does Wes, [...]
A film called "Grudge Match" starring Stallone and De Niro sounds like it would be dark, gritty, bloody, violent action film. The sucker punch is that it's actually a comedy with more emphasis on love and family. As an elderly comedic duo, Sylvester Stallone as Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp and Robert De Niro as Billy ‘The [...]
It’s long – too long by a good hour. And the chroma key (green screen) moments still fly in the face of otherwise sterling production values. Why? Who knows. It deviates from the core story with lumpy stretches of exposition and wholly invents action scenes solely to provide popcorn-chewing moments late in the film. The [...]
The long-awaited return of moustachioed lothario anchorman Ron Burgundy is a disappointment; it’s as forced and puffed up as his hairdo – a series of stitched together gags that form an incoherent story about the perils of manipulative media. It should know; Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is all about manipulating old set-ups and leveraging [...]
When Robert Downey Jr.’s opening monologue kicks in over 'Iron Man 3's smartly edited opening sequence, the standard is set for a tonally different Marvel Comics film adaptation. You can thank veteran action film director Shane Black for that. His previous catalogue reads like a how-to guide to crafting smart, sexy action – itself exactly [...]