Chinese remakes of American films, especially romantic comedies, have not had a great trail run. Only You with Tang Wei and Liao Fan disappeared without a trace and even the great Andy Lou and Gong Li couldn’t stop What Women Want from just existing. We’re now in the third round and the champ’s not looking so good. So can the golden girl of Chinese cinema, Shu Qi, save the remake of 1997’s My Best Friend’s Wedding?
The outsider is a figure that looms large on the horizon of most literature. The figure is both a figure of fear and one of transformation. Bad outsiders can destroy the status quo and force the hero/es to become better in order to triumph. Good ones destroy the evil that the rest of the cast cannot hope to fight as they are known quantities to the antagonists. But who gets to decide how an outsider is viewed by people on the inside? For better or worse, Zack Snyder’s sequel to Man of Steel deals with the emotional paranoia that comes with a world struggling to deal with the idea of the first son of Krypton.
It’s painfully heartwarming to watch movies set in your home country. While the US, UK and Europe have a fine tradition of rolling their eyes at their fellow countrymen and women on screen, here in Ireland we are woefully bereft for truly Irish stories. John Carney’s Sing Street takes a different path than our normal output and yet stays true to its roots. Trailer and review after the break
Anthologies are tricky things. Studios don’t like them anymore and people have no modern experience with them so can they still work? In 10 Cloverfield Lane, producer J.J. Abrams and director Dan Trachtenberg take the DNA of the earlier smash hit and populate it into a nightmarish thriller where there is no escape, no help and no one to save the cast from itself. Trailer and review after the break
Now that I’m finishing up February’s review list (I know, hilarious!), it’s time to turn to cinema and home video reviews for March for Capricorn Theater Reviews. Again, I don’t if I’ll keep going with this but it’s keeping me to a schedule and that can’t be a bad thing. Lots of explosions and animation follows the jump.
Much maligned, scorned frequently, Universal and Hasbro’s live-action version of popular cartoon Jem arrives with a lot of baggage and more than its share of problems. Trailer and chatter after the cut.
[NOTE: there is a major spoiler in this review and I’ll flag it before it happens]
At its heart, Creed is a lot of things. A story of personal triumph over adversity. A great sporting film. A story of a man who never knew his father and never wanted one. A tale of a warrior who found out the hardest battles are the ones in his heart. A love story of two people who will lose something by being alone and gain something by being together. But most important of all, it’s the story of a boxer who wanted to know if, like his father and mentor before him, he can go the distance.
So I decided to try out posting each month about the reviews and other stuff happening on Capricorn Theater Reviews as a way of keeping myself on track and keeping a steady stream of reviews (I refuse to use the word content) going while I attend college. I don’t know if this kind of post will appear every month but I’ll try my best to make it a regular thing.
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).