Men in Black 3 gets the old charm back

Men in Black 3 is certainly a welcome sight while offering a fresh twist for the franchise ten years after a very sour outing. One minute, Agent J (Will Smith) is on the phone with Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones).  The next minute, J finds himself with a temporal fracture headache and craving chocolate milk.  An altered timeline means that so much hasn’t happened.  And yet, J would still be recruited into the MIB agency…

"Men in Black 3 gets the old charm back"

Men in Black 2 doesn’t have same magic

Men in Black 2 unfortunately suffers at the core as the sequel just doesn’t quite have the same magic as its predecessor. The first film ends with Agent J (Will Smith) getting a new partner in Agent L.  As anyone could probably guess, this was too good to be true.   Eventually, we’re going to see Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) again.  This is not a matter of if but when.  But before he can go…

"Men in Black 2 doesn’t have same magic"

Men in Black: A Sci-Fi Classic

Men in Black is the rare breed of a sci-fi blockbuster that film audiences don’t really get the opportunity to see anymore in theaters. The gist of Men in Black is that there is a secret government agency protecting us from intergalactic threats.  After making contact in 1961, MIB would allow alien refugees to live in New York City.  It’s not quite as simple as this.  We’re quickly introduced to Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones)…

"Men in Black: A Sci-Fi Classic"

Batman Forever Is Not Quite There

Batman Forever is quite the downgrade from the first two films in the franchise despite performances from Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey. Michael Keaton likely saw the writing on the walls and made the best decision to leave the franchise.  Yeah, Batman Returns was a dark film but Batman is a dark character.  Where Batman Forever goes wrong is that the film returns to the campy tones of the television series.  This may have…

"Batman Forever Is Not Quite There"

Captain America: The First Avenger – The Road to Endgame

Chris Evans embodies the spirit of Captain America as the Marvel Cinematic Universe introduces us to the super soldier from Brooklyn. A brief prologue in Norway introduces us to Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving) and his quest for the Tesseract.  Shortly thereafter, we go stateside to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in New York.  Rogers is a sickly young man but he’s not one to give up.  It does not matter how many times the army turns him down…

"Captain America: The First Avenger – The Road to Endgame"

Lincoln: A Film Worthy of President Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln works as well as it does because the Abraham Lincoln biopic chooses to focus on the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. Steven Spielberg is one of America’s greatest directors.  As such it makes perfect sense for Spielberg to direct a biopic of one of the nation’s greatest presidents.  While Tony Kushner’s script could very well focus on Lincoln’s entire life, it would just be too much for one film.  Instead, we get a focus…

"Lincoln: A Film Worthy of President Abraham Lincoln"

The Fugitive celebrates 25 years

Earlier this month, The Fugitive marked its 25th anniversary since its theatrical release in 1993.  The critically acclaimed film manages to hold up so many years later. The three main players are Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford), U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones), and one-armed man Fredrick Sykes (Andreas Katsulas).  Aside from some minor changes, the film mostly plays out like the television series it’s based on.  Kimble, a cardiovascular surgeon, is wrongfully accused of…

"The Fugitive celebrates 25 years"

Shock and Awe stands up for Journalism

Director Rob Reiner gets political once more with Shock and Awe revisiting the politically charged lead-up to the Iraq War in 2003. The film tells the story of four journalists with the Knight Ridder News Service.  The media wasn’t challenging the Bush Administration on Iraq’s lack of evidence when it came to Weapons of Mass Destruction.  Knight Ridder, for what it’s worth, rose to the occasion when nobody else was challenging the administration.  It’s something that’s…

"Shock and Awe stands up for Journalism"

Men in Black celebrates 20 Years

Men in Black celebrates 20 years today. The sci-fi action comedy was released on this day in 1997 and I remember watching it at a drive-in theater (yes, they still existed in the 1990s).  Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, the summer hit stars Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith as secret agents in a secret organization.  Produced on a $90 million budget, Men in Black took in just over $250 million domestically and just short of…

"Men in Black celebrates 20 Years"