Imagine a movie with two of the biggest stars in Hollywood, directed by an Oscar winning director, based on a best-selling novel, and backed by the bottomless pockets of a billionaire. That’s a sure fire formula for a hit movie, right? Well, not necessarily. After the jump, an account of a movie with everything going for it that went straight to video. [Read more…]
After lamenting the state of summer movies, we finally saw one that was just right for the season: The Guardians of the Galaxy. And finally, a comic book movie that has the feel of a comic book. It is exuberant science fiction fantasy with Marvel’s trademark witty dialogue and off-the-wall but highly individualized and engaging characters. (Here we have the 1970s-obsessed human, Star-Lord, a tree creature of few words [those being “I am Groot”], the eloquent but literal-minded Drax the Destroyer, a green girl named Gamora, and Rocket, a wise-cracking raccoon.) Yes, it has its tedious havoc and a grandiose story-line like a series in a comic book, but it also has the visual panache of comic art and the quality of comic books that I remember from my childhood as fun. [Read more…]
You tell me. What do you think was the best movie of 2013?
Hollywood talks a lot about artistic freedom, but the prospect of reaching the vast market that is China trumps concerns like that. To get past the still-Communist censors, movie-makers make all kinds of changes. [Read more…]