A vibrant and quick animated feature, Kung Fu Panda 3 solidifies the roly-poly hero as the jewel in the crown of DreamWorks Animation. This 2016 picture is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni from a screenplay by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.Read more "Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)"
Ace Jordan directs Silent Retreat, a 2016 horror film from a story by Heather Smith and Taryn Stenberg. A fairly standard, trope-oriented picture, this is a bit of a slow-burner with character development that doesn’t quite pay off.Read more "Silent Retreat (2016)"
John Travolta and his immovable face takes on a role designed for Nicolas Cage in the 2016 thriller I Am Wrath. Directed by Chuck Russell from a screenplay by Yvan Gauthier and Paul Sloan, this is a fairly standard actioner for the straight-to-video market.Read more "I Am Wrath (2016)"
In this feature, I’ll be taking a look at the films of Charlie Chaplin. I’ll be including the shorts (where possible) and will hopefully delve into what makes him such an indomitable social and cultural figure to this very day. As with my Hitchmania feature, my approach will be somewhat haphazard. Things will run chronologically […]Read more "Chaplinmania: The Rounders (1914)"
In this feature, I’ll be taking a look at the films of Charlie Chaplin. I’ll be including the shorts (where possible) and will hopefully delve into what makes him such an indomitable social and cultural figure to this very day. As with my Hitchmania feature, my approach will be somewhat haphazard. Things will run chronologically […]Read more "Chaplinmania: His New Profession (1914)"
One of three Steven Seagal pictures from 2016, The Asian Connection is the best of the bunch. It is directed by Daniel Zirilli and features a screenplay by the director and Tom Sizemore. Yes, that Tom Sizemore. Interestingly, Seagal’s part in the picture seems like it could easily be a Sizemore part. Go figure.Read more "Seagalmania: The Asian Connection (2016)"
Author Graham Greene wasn’t a fan of Fritz Lang’s adaptation of his novel Ministry of Fear. He considered the 1944 film noir as one of the “very bad” pictures based on his works and claimed that the director himself apologized for it. Indeed, it does seem that Ministry of Fear features a somewhat restrained Lang.Read more "Film Noir Friday: Ministry of Fear (1944)"
Written and directed by Marc Leland, She Wolf Rising is a bizarre and jumbled movie that can’t quite find its purpose. The 2016 film features low-priced effects, corny acting and a plot that disjointedly laces its way from a werewolf-based yarn to a slasher feature to a cornball romance to some kind of buddy comedy.Read more "She Wolf Rising (2016)"
Guillaume Nicloux writes and directs the considerate Valley of Love, which kind of has one foot in Maurice Pialat’s 1980 film Loulou and the other in a spectral inversion of reality. It positions its two glorious stars – Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu – nearly as themselves and dumps them in Death Valley. Check out […]Read more "Valley of Love (2015)"
The sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War, initially seems like a step in the right direction. Considering the cast is reason for enthusiasm, as this 2016 movie puts Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain under the same roof.Read more "The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)"
In this feature, I’ll be taking a look at the films of Charlie Chaplin. I’ll be including the shorts (where possible) and will hopefully delve into what makes him such an indomitable social and cultural figure to this very day. As with my Hitchmania feature, my approach will be somewhat haphazard. Things will run chronologically […]Read more "Chaplinmania: The Masquerader (1914)"
Michael Winnick writes, produces and directs Code of Honor, another 2016 film that stars Steven Seagal. This picture came out either before or after Sniper: Special Ops and confirms that the once-ponytailed action star is right smack dab in the middle of his goatee and sniper rifle stage. In fairness, the facial hair made its […]Read more "Seagalmania: Code of Honor (2016)"
Directed by Archie Mayo with an uncredited assist from Fritz Lang, the 1942 film noir Moontide is an interesting snapshot of domestic life. It’s somewhat of a hodgepodge, with the John O’Hara screenplay creating a foggy fable out of Willard Robertson’s novel of the same name.Read more "Film Noir Friday: Moontide (1942)"
While William Brent Bell’s The Boy lays an interesting foundation, the 2016 film’s descent into formula is its undoing. The screenplay by Stacey Menear has some chops, at least in terms of laying a foundation, but there’s very little to the production that defies convention.Read more "The Boy (2016)"
Drained of colour and suffused with a moody score, Phil Joanou’s The Veil doesn’t have the gumption to live up to the punch of its premise. This 2016 horror picture is written by Robert Ben Garant and was planned as a found footage feature. Changes were made and Joanou’s finished project reflects a certain inconclusiveness.Read more "The Veil (2016)"
Hugo Haas’ Strange Fascination stands in contrast to 1951’s Pickup in a number of ways, but there are some similarities that confirm the advent of a theme for the Czech filmmaker. He writes, directs and stars in Strange Fascination and the result is a very personal project that takes on more notes of melodrama than […]Read more "Film Noir Friday: Strange Fascination (1952)"
Wading into the morass of Steven Seagal’s filmography isn’t exactly the easiest of tasks, especially considering how convoluted things can get once the direct-to-video territory is breached. It’s hard to place 2016’s Sniper: Special Ops exactly where it belongs, as a bundle of other releases seem to have hit the fray around the same time. […]Read more "Seagalmania: Sniper: Special Ops (2016)"