Movie still from The Divergent Series third installment, Allegiant

Allegiant: Will Somebody Pull the Plug on This Franchise?

The Divergent Series feels like the never-ending story. Not only are three books being stretched into four movies, but the movies have gotten progressively worse each time, which makes the slow jog to the finish line that much more unbearable (Did no one learn their lesson after The Hobbit?). Do we blame it on bad filmmaking, author Veronica Roth’s mediocre young adult novels, the bland actors who play one-dimensional characters, or the onslaught of too-similar special snowflake saves dystopian society stories? I say all of the above. Continue reading “Allegiant: Will Somebody Pull the Plug on This Franchise?”

michael fassbender as steve jobs

Steve Jobs: Fassbender Is Amazing, But Getting Past Sorkin Is Hard

Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) releases the Macintosh personal computer in 1984. But after lower-than-expected sales and quarrels with CEO John Sculley (Jeff Daniels), Jobs is fired and smeared in the press by his good friend and Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak (Seth Rogen). Continue reading “Steve Jobs: Fassbender Is Amazing, But Getting Past Sorkin Is Hard”