Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden

Snowden Isn’t the Thrilling Biopic It Wants to Be

It’s difficult to write a review about Snowden because it’s so bland. I don’t even know how being this bland is possible for a movie with such a good pedigree. I mean, it’s directed by Oliver Stone (Any Given Sunday, Platoon). It has great actors like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Rhys Ifans, Nicholas Cage, and Zachary Quinto. And it’s about a public figure who, to this day, is controversial. That should make it fascinating! So why isn’t it? Continue reading “Snowden Isn’t the Thrilling Biopic It Wants to Be”

Selma Movie

Selma: A Damn Good Film That Deserves Best Picture Nominations

In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) marched thousands in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery to secure equal voting rights for blacks. Despite harassment from law enforcement in Selma and pro-segregation governor George Wallace (Tim Roth), Dr. King’s nonviolent movement helped convince President Lyndon B. Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) to push the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Continue reading “Selma: A Damn Good Film That Deserves Best Picture Nominations”

Disney's The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger: A Good Movie Under a Bad Mask

I think I cursed Gore Verbinski. In my World War Z review, I said going over-budget is a bad omen for a film. I also said that the only directors who can go over-budget and still turn a profit were Michael Bay (Transformers franchise) and Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise). Well, it looks like Verbinski’s luck just ran out. Now, we just have to hope that curse finds its way to Michael Bay so we won’t have three more Transformers. Continue reading “The Lone Ranger: A Good Movie Under a Bad Mask”