My review of The Amazing Spider-Man is now available on MovieByte:
2012 has been a terrific year for superheroes at the movies.
May brought us Marvel’s The Avengers, in all its hilarious, exciting, Hulk-smashing glory. July gave us The Dark Knight Rises, the final chapter in Chris Nolan’s epic trilogy, and the biggest, boldest Batman film of them all. Both of these cinematic behemoths garnered critical acclaim, with good reason. But there’s another piece of comic book filmmaking that deserves applause, and that is The Amazing Spider-Man.
Does it reach the same mind-boggling heights as Batman and The Avengers? Not quite. Does it live up to its title? Oh yes. Continue reading —->
I wrote an opinion piece for MovieByte on the recent purchasing of Lucasfilm by Walt Disney. This is my first real stab at writing something like this, so I’d love to hear your thoughts about it – especially if you’re a Star Wars nerd.
When the news broke yesterday that George Lucas was passing off the Star Wars baton (or should I say, lightsaber) to Disney, I didn’t know what to think. I still don’t.
Allow me to clarify: I do know this is a big deal. I do not know if I should be happy about it. Continue reading —>
From my review of Prometheus, the highly anticipated revival of the Alien franchise:
Ridley Scott. He gave us Blade Runner and he gave us Alien: two classics that still rank among the best that science fiction has to offer. Prometheus sees him returning to the genre — and while I’d love to call it a glorious return, I can’t. Scott’s latest work is tense and it’s entertaining, but it’s also something of a disappointment. Continue reading —>
From my review of Guillermo del Toro’s dark fairy tale, Pan’s Labyrinth:
“You’re too old to be filling your head with such nonsense,” Carmen tells her daughter, Ofelia, in an early scene in Pan’s Labyrinth. “Such nonsense” is a book of fairy tales, cradled lovingly in Ofelia’s hands.
But are fairy tales nonsense? Should they be read only by the very young? Or can grown-ups learn from them, too?
For Guillermo de Toro, the answers are clearly No, No, and Yes, respectively. Pan’s Labyrinth is an R-rated tale full of fauns, faeries, and other fantastical creatures. It’s bloody and it’s dark. But it also has much to say. Continue reading —>
My full review of the movie Looper just went live on Moviebyte:
In the year 2042, time travel hasn’t yet been invented… but in 2072, it has. It’s also been outlawed. It’s so illegal, in fact, that only the mob uses it. When they want to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where he’s promptly offed by a “looper” with a blunderbuss. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is one such looper — and he loves what he does for a living. Continue reading —>
"But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think." – Lord Byron