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 [...]
If there wasn’t another superhero movie after Logan - if Logan was the swansong for not just Marvel’s fan-favourite Cannuck but for all superheroes on celluloid, I’d be absolutely fine with this. I think, with Logan, we’ve now seen the upper limits of what comics-on-film can achieve.
I thought I was burnt out on Spider-Man. I was wrong. This looks great.
Looks like Martin Scorsese has been watching a lot of Paul Thomas Anderson - though, he'd be right to. This has lashings of There Will Be Blood, a bit of Last of the Mohicans and a dash of Akira Kurosawa too.
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 [...]
Everything about ‘Looper’ feels big. It starts with a great premise: in the future, the mob uses illegal time travel technology to whisk their targets back to the past, where hitmen known as loopers knock them off. Joe, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (‘Inception’, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’) is one such looper, who learns that his [...]
Interested in seeing this new-fangled ‘Total Recall’ remake, then? Okay. Here’s what you do. You stop, shake your head from side to side vigorously and opt to watch the original for the umteenth time instead. Director Len Wiseman ('Underworld', 'Live Free or Die Hard')'s 2012 reboot is simply going to make you want to revisit [...]
So. Spider-Man. Did we really need a reboot of a series that had the major Hollywood treatment barely a decade ago—spawning three films and countless games, toys and comic book ephemera? Nah. Not really. But then, when you consider how corny and downright lousy Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 was - and certainly parts of 1 [...]
Chinese cinema has, in some ways, come a staggering distance over a few short years. In other ways, it hasn’t moved on in decades and decades. ‘Painted Skin: The Resurrection’ has more breathy outbursts from wronged lovers and strange pseudo-sexual and homoerotic encounters than a late-night soap opera, matched with a visual style that points [...]
The uncomfortable laughter that rippled through the audience said everything, really. Not because Prometheus is at all funny – or corny. It isn’t. It’s horrific and frequently brilliant. But it’s in that laughter that this audience was finally able to release their tension. Bunch of emotional lightweights in this session? Or a true indicator of [...]