Tom Hanks in Sully (2016)

Sully: A Good Movie About a Great Man

Most of us can recall the events of January 15, 2009, when Captain Chesley Sullenberger landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after a bird strike just shortly after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. We watched on social media and live TV as the flight crew, Coast Guard, NYPD Aviation Unit, and Hudson tourist ferries rescued 155 people in 24 minutes. It truly was the “Miracle on the Hudson.” Can a movie top watching that event in real time? Continue reading “Sully: A Good Movie About a Great Man”

Tom Hanks as Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips: The Story of Two Desperate Men Just Trying to Survive

I like Tom Hanks’ approach to movies. He’s kind of like a groundhog. If we see him in a movie, it’ll be six years before we see him in another. It gives us time to miss him, you know? (Take notes, Johnny Depp). Continue reading “Captain Phillips: The Story of Two Desperate Men Just Trying to Survive”

Cloud Atlas movie

Cloud Atlas: Why a Good Movie Fails at the Box Office

I’ll warn you right now that this review will be longer than my usual reviews because Cloud Atlas is in need of some plot explanation and serious discussion. And I mean “serious discussion” in terms of why a movie that required a hefty budget in order to translate a book’s complicated (yet epic) plot into an equally epic film is failing at the box office. This is the relationship between Hollywood, the story, and the audience that I find interesting. Because, somewhere, this story got lost in translation between Hollywood and the audience. Continue reading “Cloud Atlas: Why a Good Movie Fails at the Box Office”