Sofia Boutella as Ahmanet in The Mummy (2017)

The Mummy: Well, That’s One Way to Kill a Cinematic Universe Before It Starts

So that was the worst piece of crap I’ve ever seen. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration because I did sit through Dumb and Dumber To, which made me want to drink bleach, but at least that hot garbage wasn’t trying to kick off a “cinematic universe.” I’ll have more thoughts on that in a moment, but let’s talk about the plot of The Mummy first (I use “plot” loosely here). Continue reading “The Mummy: Well, That’s One Way to Kill a Cinematic Universe Before It Starts”

Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling star in The Nice Guys, an action comedy from Shane Black -- a writer-director who's long shown a fondness for sending up L.A. noir

The Nice Guys: Crowe and Gosling Are a Hilarious Combo

Shane Black films have a similar structure—neo-noir thriller mixed with “odd couple” comedy. Think Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon, Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans in The Last Boy Scout, or Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, all of which written and/or directed by Black. Basically, if you liked those movies, you’re going to enjoy The Nice Guys. Continue reading “The Nice Guys: Crowe and Gosling Are a Hilarious Combo”

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?”

Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables

Guys, Seriously…Les Miserables is a Musical

I was reading some user reviews for Les Misérables out of sheer curiosity when I stumbled across a true gem. One reviewer had written that there was “too much singing in this movie.” Yes, that’s exactly what they said. ABOUT A MUSICAL MOVIE. And now I’ll let Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thenardier show you my reaction to that statement… Continue reading “Guys, Seriously…Les Miserables is a Musical”