The award-winning John Adams limited series, starring Paul Giamatti as the former president, is solid viewing for Presidents Day. I’m not going to dive into the plot of every part of the miniseries. If you know the story of John Adams, you already know what’s going to happen. Well, maybe. They certainly play with the history to an extent! What I will tell you right now is that the book is better. I originally watched…"John Adams: A Presidential Miniseries"
Martin Scorsese successfully gives the biopic treatment to Howard Hughes with a superb performance from Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator. This is the second annual year in which I watch a film that Thelma Schoonmaker worked on for her January 3rd birthday. Last year, I decided on Gangs of New York, a film which is celebrating the 20th anniversary this year. Schoonmaker’s work in this film is what earns her a second Oscar. The other…"The Aviator: Another Martin Scorsese Epic"
I don’t know what we as a society did to deserve a Has Fallen trilogy but Angel Has Fallen certainly isn’t going to raise the bar. Aaron Eckhart does not return as President Benjamin Asher. There’s not a single mention of him in the film. In any event, Morgan Freeman’s Allan Trumbull is now the president. Serving as Trumbull’s Vice President is Martin Kirby (Tim Blake Nelson). Gerard Butler also reprises his role as everyone’s…"Angel Has Fallen: Somehow, We Got A Trilogy"
Legendary comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy come to life in Stan and Ollie as the film wisely centers on a narrow period of time. When people discuss biopics, they’re either praiseworthy or critical. Most of this is because films will sometimes cover such a long period. Playing the long game is never the best way to go about it. Jeff Pope’s screenplay wisely doesn’t go in that direction. There’s a quick cold open…"Stan and Ollie: Laurel and Hardy Come To Life"
With the release of Wonder Woman, the female heroine created by William Moulton Marston, finally got her long-overdue origin story on the big screen. Directed by Jenkins, Gal Gadot leads a cast that includes Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Eugen Brave Rock, and Saïd Taghmaoui. Jenkins directs from a screenplay written by Allan Heinberg. The story was written by Zack Snyder…"Wonder Woman Lives Up to the Hype"