Walking out of Noah, Darren Aronofsky‘s new film about the biblical seaman who saved 2 of every living creature so he could replenish the Earth after it was laid waste by god’s vengeance I thought if I had to describe the film in one word, that word would be “ic.” As a film, the music was bombastIC, the storytelling was didactIC and the overall filmmaking pedantIC. So yeah, -ic would be a good way to describe it. This is certainly not what I was expecting from the director of Black Swan or Requiem for a Dream. Granted, I wasn’t expecting much, but this was even less than that.
Despite winning an Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind, Hollywood really needs to stop giving Akiva Goldsman work. As a writer, he’s made a botch job of some good projects and now, as the writer/director of Winter’s Tale, he’s made a botch of what I can only assume was a fairy tale like novel of the same name by Mark Helprin. Now, to be fair, I’ve never read the original source material so I don’t know how much it veered or how faithful it was but I can say that either way, Goldsman delivered a film which won’t please many people. Continue reading “Review: Winter’s Tale”
American Gangster is proof that heritage does not indicate quality. It’s going to play havoc on genetic engineering theory. The film stars Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. It’s written by the Oscar winning writer of Schindler’s List Steven Zaillian and directed by Oscar nominee Sir Ridley Scott. It’s a gangster movie about an underdog coming out on top. So how could this film be anything but brilliant? And yet… American Gangster is anything but brilliant. Continue reading “Review: American Gangster”