Wednesday, July 29, 2015

On "Southpaw"


From The Dispatch:
While the trajectory the film takes may be familiar, Gyllenhaal and Horner certainly took the road less travelled. Fuqua has inspired great work from his collaborators before (Denzel Washington won an Oscar for his performance in the director’s “Training Day” in 2001), and “Southpaw” is no different. It may be less than the sum of its parts, but taken on their own, those parts often hit all the right notes.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

On "Minions"


From The Dispatch:
The problem isn't with the Minions, though, it's with the story. There's just not that much going on here. Everything about it is a weak excuse to give the Minions something outlandish to do, but there isn't a particularly strong thread running through any of it. This is why, perhaps, the Minions are better off working as supporting characters. Their constant pratfalls and gibberish chatter can only carry them so far in a traditional narrative structure, and "Minions" the film doesn't quite seem to know what to do with them.
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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

On "Terminator Genisys"


From The Dispatch:
It’s as if studios have finally figured out a way to balance pleasing fans and pleasing casual viewers, while not alienating either group. Sure it leans heavily on nostalgia and one’s love for the property, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If done well, which “Terminator Genisys” certainly is, it cane make for an entertaining trip down memory lane that can still deliver new thrills. Arnold is back, and it’s great to see him prove once and for all that he may be old – but he’s definitely not obsolete. 
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