The first in a series leading up to the #Avengers movie.
A new year. A (somewhat) new list.
I only watched two. You do the math.
The 2nd entry in our protracted series.
Where do they get all these wonderful toys?
1. It's not that Drive is such a crazy innovative movie that referencing details would ruin it. It's actually a pretty clear and straightforward story, if aggressively subtle. The spoilers would be micro rather than macro - I don't want to talk to much about those minute details because they are the fun part. You can pretty much tell the destination right away, but getting there is what makes Drive so enjoyable and memorable.
Behind the scenes of the upcoming sci-fi film.
It's not that I didn't WANT to like Warrior. It's that I didn't EXPECT to like it.
As far as I could tell, it was the latest attempt at a sports movie set in the world of mixed martial arts and would simply squeeze the genre's battle-tested tropes and plot twists into a pair of fingerless gloves. The trailer and commercials do little to dispel that notion, pretty much laying out the conceit of the movie ("the two men fighting for the championship tonight...ARE BROTHERS!") and playing up every moderately-clichéd beat from the film as if it's the spiritual successor to Never Back Down, Fighting or the direct-to-DVD Undisputed sequels. When I told a friend I had just come from a preview screening, he said, "You mean the one that's 'The Fighter' but with Nick Nolte?"
It's not The Fighter, but it does treat its subject matter with a level of seriousness that continued to impress and surprise me. Warrior isn't just the best MMA film to date, it just might be one of the best sports movies of the past decade.
While I enjoyed JJ Abrams' Super 8 earlier this summer (with the exception of one nitpicky detail I will only reference with the words "human eyes"), I didn't find it to be the the timeless ode to Steven Spielberg-ian youth that many reviews had declared it. That's because I don't remember seeing those Spielberg movies as a kid. Sure, I've seen Jaws, E.T. and Close Encouters of the Fourth Kind - or at least parts of them - by now, but they didn't create the foundation of my childhood.
The movies I remember seeing back then were the sci-fi flicks that aired on syndicated local stations every weekend. Whether it was the Hanes Furniture Creature Feature or some other sponsored block on our local UPN station (channel 44 in Tampa, also home of daily Full House/Step By Step/Family Matters reruns), I have lots more memories of being glued to the television for Short Circuit, Spaced Invaders, Batteries Not Included, Gremlins or whatever else they were showing on Saturday and Sunday. That's why I loved the hell out of Attack The Block, the first feature from British comedian (and Edgar Wright collaborator) Joe Cornish. It's a really great adult version of those smaller-scale adventure sci-fi films I grew up watching, and an impressive film debut for both the director and his star, 19-year-old John Boyega.
THIS is how you reboot a franchise Tim Burton!