True Romance (1993) – Tony Scott

DK Books’ brings me a 90s classic that is on the What Else to Watch list following The Movie Book’s recommendation of Bonnie & Clyde. Directed by Tony Scott, featuring his flashy, gaudy style, and a script by Quentin Tarantino that is rife with his pop culture references and sharp dialogue, True Romance is a…

Coming to America – 30th Anniversary Edition: Blu-Ray Review

Coming to America, another classic pairing between Eddie Murphy and John Landis hits its 30th Anniversary with a blu-ray release from Paramount Pictures. Murphy created the story which Landis seems to delight in bringing to the screen. Basically a Cinderella story, the story follows Prince Akeem (Murphy) who objects to the idea of marrying someone…

Inglorious Basterds (2009) – Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino’s revisionist WWII film, Inglorious Basterds is the final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film following my screening of The Dam Busters. As always, his scripts and films attract some great talent, and this time around we have Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Til Schweiger , Diane Kruger, Eli Roth…

Do the Right Thing (1989) – Spike Lee

  Writer/director Spike Lee’s powerful drama is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of American Beauty. A powerhouse cast brings a multi-cultural street in Brooklyn to life on the hottest day of the year, as the heat builds so does the tension as hate, racism…

Unbreakable (2000) – M. Night Shyamalan

  I’m really loving the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Yes, I’m overdue to continue the war films in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, but I am loving all the films I am to watch, revisit, and see for the first time in the science fiction universe. And now, it’s time to spend a…

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – Joss Whedon

  Marvel Studios (under the Disney umbrella) continues their run of successful superhero movies with this actioner written and directed by fan favorite, Joss Whedon. It’s loud, fun, and you need to be caught up on the Marvel cinematic universe to truly enjoy it all, as Age of Ultron is the culmination of Marvel’s Phase…

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Matthew Vaughn

  Matthew Vaughn has shown an ability to handle the fine line of directing comic book films, embracing their uniqueness while grounding them in the reality of the world they exist in. His latest effort is Kingsman, based on the comic series The Secret Service by Mark Millar and David Gibbons. The film heavily embraces its cinematic progenitors in…

Kite (2014) – Ralph Ziman

Last week, Anchor Bay entertainment released Kite to DVD, directed by Ralph Ziman and starring India Eisley, Callan McAuliffe and Samuel L. Jackson, this action flick is based loosely on the Japanese anime of the same name. I love an action flick with a strong ass-kicking female in the lead, so I happily signed up…

Pulp Fiction (1994) – Quentin Tarantino

Pulp Fiction, quite possibly the best film in Tarantino’s oeuvre, is the next title in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film comedy section for me to take a look at. While not necessarily a full-out comedy, it is neither a full-out drama nor thriller either. What it does have is a fantastic soundtrack,…

RoboCop (2014) – Jose Padiha

The other remake I watched this week, after the Evil Dead debacle, was the new Robocop. Lacking the over-the-top violence and comic book nature, not to mention the skewering social commentary of the original, there’s not a lot to redeem this film. And I feel sorry for viewers who come to this one first without…

Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014) – Anthony & Joe Russo

Marvel titles just keep coming! And this entry into the Marvel-evrse shows that the world and its characters are continuing to grow, and that, as of yet, the studios aren’t sacrificing story for spectacle. Chris Evans returns as super-soldier Steve Rogers in his first solo mission (that we’ve seen) since the events in New York depicted…

Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E07 – The Hub

This week’s episode was definitely stronger than last week’s, and I love the little pieces of character revelations and development we’re getting. I also had a nice little geek moment when The Triskelion got mentioned while our team was visiting The Hub, a SHIELD operations center, run by Agent Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows). While there,…