It’s too long by a good 30 minutes, feels like two films mashed together, has about five endings and it seems to be taking cues from the George R. R. Martin school of right-angled plot twists. Yet, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is an embarrassment of riches – overstuffed with good bits, fan-service, stories and twists.
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 [...]
You remember that kid in school, or maybe at work, who always thought he was smarter than everybody else – when in fact he was a grade-A dumb-shit with a big mouth and lot of swagger? That’s A Cure For Wellness – easily a contender for the worst film of the year – and it's only March.
*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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Well, that’s nice. It feels good to finally review a film on here that isn’t a flabby dud—and it comes from an unlikely corner. Men in Black 3 is a charming, colourful and frequently funny third tale from Director Barry Sonnenfeld and Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. After the dry-heave-inducing second movie managed to screw up [...]
Alright - it seems appropriate that the first review we feature on Shotgun Critic is an Australian co-production about space Nazis. I don't know-- maybe it's just me, but there aren't enough films that are produced by a contingent of Germans, Australians and Finnish nationals that make light of humanity's darkest decade. Enter: 'Iron Sky' [...]