I’ll keep this extraordinarily brief as I feel slightly unable to put into context what I saw last night to a packed audience in the Cineworld IMAX in Dublin.
I knew that Independence Day: Resurgence was going to happen. One of the most iconic 90’s movie, an assured cast, good SFX, a captive US 4th of July audience and a decent box office haul meant a sequel was going to happen. So here we all are twenty years later, ready for the follow up with new and old cast members together. Does it work? Was it worth the wait? Trailer and review after the break.
Well, it’s that time of the year when the Cineworld Dublin puts on the bulk of its Asian cinema releases. I caught Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid earlier but League of Gods flew by my site surfing and I decided to give it a whirl. CG, Jet Li, Tony Leung being evil, Fan Bingbing being eviler and a race to see how many special effects you can have on screen in a Chinese film. Trailer and review after the break.
From the opening shot of Zootopia with its school recital, the film is firmly in hero Judy Hoops corner. She is an anomaly, wanting to be a police officer, because she’s a bunny and bunnies work on farms or at the very least, work quaint office jobs. So when she leaves Bunnyburrow for the big city, everything in her past tells her she’s making a mistake. But the minute she plays “Try Everything” by Shakira (as the character Gazelle) in her headphones and sees the tall spires of Zootopia, Judy and we are in for a different kind of Disney adventure.
Directing a movie version of Moby Dick is hard, no doubt. It’s one of the greatest sea epics ever written. Some filmmakers have succeeded, some have failed. But directing the story of the story behind Moby Dick? It’s a tall order so the director and the cast would have to be good. In The Heart of the Sea is the story of an epic novel but it’s not an epic and people do it a disservice by expecting that.
Here’s a short review from my Letterboxd profile since I didn’t want to devote more time on a review for the newest Fox version of the Fantastic Four than I had to. Enjoy (or not).
When Star Wars burst onto the scene, science fiction movies were suddenly the name of the game and the studios started churning them out, some good, some bad. But through a confluence of accident, delay and great timing, one last film would hark back to the days of derring-do and giving the Jerries what for while the future was busy being artificial, corporate and paranoid. Oh, and it starred Han Solo. As in THE Han Solo. With Quint from Jaws. Just look at the trailer for Force 10 From Navarone, OK? See you after the jump.