Category Archives: Action

London Boulevard (2010)

London Boulevard is the directorial debut of William Monahan.  Monahan won an Oscar for his script for the film Departed, which would explain the similarities between the two films.  The cinematography drapes the London cityscape with blood, grime, and smeared lipstick.  At other … Continue reading

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Maleficent (2014)

Let’s get this out of the way. Disney’s Maleficent was no where as good as we were made to believe. The character of Maleficent has captured the imaginations for decades. The film goes from Once Upon a Time moments to more, … Continue reading

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Jaws (1975)

Based on the best-selling novel by Peter Benckley, Jaws did something that no other film had done. In the careful and deliberate hands of director Steven Speilberg, Jaws is an action flick and a scary thriller, making use of a … Continue reading

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

A ship sails across the Atlantic from Great Britain to the Caribbean. The ship is transporting the new governor of Port Royal and his young daughter, who is fascinated by pirates. The others on the ship, however, are not. As … Continue reading

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Noah (2014)

At the sound of his name, Noah has become quite a controversial figure these days. The film has been declared “unbiblical” by many, while deeply theological by others. (For example, there is this YouTube video that someone thought I needed … Continue reading

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Superman III (1983)

Roger Ebert called Superman III a “cinematic comic book,” and he didn’t necessarily mean that in a good way. Richard Lester’s direction took the film series from complex, thoughtful elements to more campy, silly moments. Ebert is correct in his assessment: this … Continue reading

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The Great Escape (1963)

It is 1943. Europe is now five years into what will be known as the  Second World War. Germany establishes a number of prison camps to house the growing number of war prisoners. At the same time, there is a … Continue reading

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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

In the third installment of the Terminator films, we find a John Connor (Nick Stahl) who is no longer 13, and “lives off the grid.”  John is a young adult living on the streets, no phone, no home, nothing. He … Continue reading

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Dick Tracy (1990)

On June 15, 1990, Entertainment Weekly writer Owen Gleiberman wrote this in his review of Dick Tracy: “For over a decade — ever since Star Wars, in fact — American movies have been edging closer and closer to comic books. So perhaps it’s no … Continue reading

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

“You’re not here to kill me?” the thirteen year old boy asked. “I’m here to protect you,” the man said in a deadpan voice. “Who sent you?” “You did. 35 years from now.” “This is deep.” The 13-year-old John Connor … Continue reading

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