Amy Adams in Arrival (2016)

Arrival: Who Knew a Movie About Alien Linguistics Would Cut So Deep?

Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario), Arrival isn’t your typical sci-fi. Yes, it has the striking visuals of aliens and their ships (on a fairly modest $50 million budget, I might add) and a truly unnerving yet gorgeous score from Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory of Everything, Sicario), but it’s less focused on the “wow factor” of science fiction. Instead, it chooses to be a deep and devastating story about life and human connection. And throughout all of it, it examines the role language plays in those moments. Continue reading “Arrival: Who Knew a Movie About Alien Linguistics Would Cut So Deep?”

Movie still from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v. Superman: Is It Really as Bad as Everyone Says It Is?

A beautiful disaster. A very expensive reaction video for Man of Steel. A super-sized bore. Yawn of Justice. These are just samplings of things critics have written about Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. And while I do enjoy some of the snarky zingers, particularly those directed at Warners Bros for their nearsighted money-grab of a cinematic universe, I don’t totally agree with the reviews. Continue reading “Batman v. Superman: Is It Really as Bad as Everyone Says It Is?”

David O. Russell's American Hustle

American Hustle: When Sassy Meets Gritty

American Hustle follows the story of con artists Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), who run a loan business called London Associates where Prosser pretends to be a British banking advisor named Lady Edith Greensly. When they’re busted by FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), Rosenfeld and Prosser are forced to help the FBI. Their new target? Mayor Carmine Polito of New Jersey, who’s taking dirty money to start casinos that will revive Atlantic City’s economy. Continue reading “American Hustle: When Sassy Meets Gritty”

Zack Snyder's Man of Steel

Man of Steel: The Superman Movie We’ve Been Waiting For?

I think most Superman fans will probably agree with me when I say that there really hasn’t been a good film adaptation of the comic book hero’s story. The Christopher Reeve movies were good for their time, and the TV show Smallville was actually pretty good, but otherwise, Superman hasn’t been successful on the big screen (just remember the godawful Superman Returns). That’s why Man of Steel was getting so much buzz. Continue reading “Man of Steel: The Superman Movie We’ve Been Waiting For?”