Superhero films have been in the limelight for so long it’s hard to forget that just about a decade ago they were something that generally both audiences and comic book fans feared. It was a time before Marvel Studios introduced their cinematic universe and everyone was fighting to play catch-up. Back in those days, superhero movies weren’t connected by shared universes. The idea that you had to wait until the end of the credits for a post-credit stinger was completely foreign.
Directed by John Hughes, the movie featured Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, and Molly Ringwald – five of the then soon-to-be Brat Pack members who later became well known for flicks such as St. Elmo’s Fire and About Last Night. Yet, though I remember those equally impressive credits, it’s The Breakfast Club that I’ll most remember them for, if only because the characters all hit so close to home.
Graphic Novel Gets Excellent Big-Screen Adaptation
People called it the first adult comic book movie – but sidestepping that and all the other chit-chat, Watchmen is a sprawling, sophisticated and gripping film.
The mysterious murder of the Comedian (Morgan), a masked vigilante and member of the Watchmen (a group of superheroes) leads the aggressive and paranoid Rorschach (Haley) to begin investigating whether his murder was random or an attack on “masks”.His actions and investigation bring in the other Watchmen, among them Nite Owl (Wilson), Silk Spectre II (Akerman) Ozymandias (Goode) and the god-like Dr. Manhattan (Crudup), and their lives intertwine following the murder of one of their own to devastating and revelatory effect, foregrounded against the specter of nuclear annihilation between the U.S. and the Soviets.
Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert Star in Frank Capra’s Screwball Comedy Classic
Regarded as the first screwball comedy, It Happened One Night almost didn’t happen. Once it did, the magic was apparent.
The format of It Happened One Night, the first screwball and romantic comedy, is still seen in romantic comedies today: boy and girl meet, fall in love, fight, break up, yet find true happiness in the end.
In an uncharacteristic comedic turn, the Master of Suspense brings us romantic fluff for our cinematic sweet tooth with Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005) became synonymous with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and their highly-publicized affair that steamed up the pages of tabloids. The film itself sounded like it was plucked from Hitchcock’s filmography, following a pair of married assassins who were unwittingly hired to kill each other, but the director’s own Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) couldn’t be farther from this unrelated tale. Robert Montgomery and Carole Lombard are simply a bickering young couple who discover they are not really married, hardly a logical choice for a Hitchcock vehicle. Unfortunately, Hitchcock was forbidden to exercise as much freedom in this early collaboration with RKO studios. Despite these limitations, the sparkling chemistry of the stars and the shining bits of dialogue throughout the film help Mr. and Mrs. Smith transcend the predictability of the plot.
Classic Comedy Starring Cary Grant & Katharine Hepburn
A genuine classic, Howard Hawks’ Bringing Up Baby, with Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, is just as funny now as it was in 1938.
Bringing Up Baby is a wonderful example of screwball comedy. Released in 1938, this 70-year-old movie is as witty, charming, and appealing as it has always been.
Enduring Appeal of a Film Noir Classic
Stuart Heisler’s adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s novel still influences Hollywood, with a tale of dubious alliances and loyalty.
In The Glass Key, Alan Ladd plays Ed Beaumont, right-hand man to Paul Madvig (Brian Donlevy), a boorish, ambitious player with political aspirations. When the murder of a reckless playboy casts suspicion on his boss, Ed works to protect Madvig. Matters are further complicated when Madvig falls for the daughter of a wealthy industrialist (Veronica Lake) – especially when Ed falls under the spell of the same girl.
Robert Montgomery Stars in Landmark Comedy About Second Chances
This 1941 classic is among the most romantic films of Hollywood’s Golden Era, a fantasy perhaps hokey by today’s standards, yet charming, heartwarming, and funny as hell.
The film pretty much pioneered the guardian angel sub-genre, and outside of It’s a Wonderful Life, may be the best of the lot. As prizefighter Joe Pendleton, Oscar-nominated Robert Montgomery (real-life father of Elizabeth Montgomery, “Samantha” of TV’s Bewitched) affects a dese-dems-and-dose, blue collar voice at odds with both his usual urbane screen image and real-life reputation as a wealthy, conservative Republican.
The China Syndrome is an anti-nuclear thriller-drama that evokes a sight of the terrifying situations. The terrific circumstances might occur if proper safety measures aren’t undertaken towards an electrical plant powered by nuclear energy. This 2 hours movie had aided the protests going on against the application of nuclear power in Bilbao, Spain (July 1977). The film received an extra publicity after a shocking real-life incident at Three-Mile-Island nuclear plant (Pennsylvania) that occurred three weeks after the movie was released.
Many biopics and historical features focus on the movers and shakers of social and cultural movements. Audiences are witnesses to great acts of selflessness during times of war, groundbreaking artistic brilliance, or a terrific struggle to overcome injustice. “Suffragette” attempts to show us an alternate perspective, that of a newcomer to a political movement, someone who is a participant but not the hero.
This storytelling works well to show us the scope of the suffragette movement, the context, and realities from which it developed. In the opening scenes of the film, we see women and men working in a crowded industrial laundry facility, with steam and heavy machinery. It’s early twentieth-century London, and this is the reality of the working class: long days, child labor, and dangerous conditions. It’s a dirty reality, all grays, dark blues, and browns, with people living in close quarters and mud in the streets.
Right from the opening scenes, “The Danish Girl” delivers the awards-contender goods. The cinematography brings out the colors and mood of the Danish landscape that Lili Elbe painted. There a thousand shades of blue: cornflower, royal, blue-grey, robin’s egg, indigo, dental implants austin. Windswept grasses and twisted, slender trees frame inlets, and the sun comes down through heavy clouds hinting at the gravity of the film’s topic. As good as the film is – the acting is right on, the cinematography beautiful, the script well done – it is frustrating because it could have been better.
Beach Pillows is a movie written and directed by Sean Hartofilis
which tells the story of Morgan Midwood (played brilliantly by George Arend), a young man who once dreamed of becoming a writer, who has ended up working in his father’s furnishing store, his dream trodden on by the drudgery of everyday life, saving up every bit of his well earned money to by his (very) long term girlfriend an engagement ring. When he discovers she’s been having a bit of how’s your father with an acquaintance behind his back his life spirals out of control, but his good friend Nick (played by Vincent Kartheiser from Mad Men, or as I know him, Connor from Angel, does that make me old?) is there along for the ride, with a somewhat ingenious idea up his sleeve.
I came across this movie on twitter the other day and I was intrigued, and once I started watching I couldn’t stop, Morgan Midwood really IS everyone, and that’s why you are so invested in him as a character, there is at least one scenario I’m sure everyone can relate to in this movie, from the bad relationship, to enthusiastic but somewhat of a bad influence friend. The cast in this film are great, from Annette O’Toole’s (playing Morgan’s mum) expressions, to Richard Schiff’s (Morgan’s dad) love and hate relationship with Facebook.
I really loved this movie, heart warming and funny, and if you can spare an hour and half head over to iTunes to give it a watch and ask yourself.. what is the difference between beach towel and terry cloth?
Much of the credit for the success of the Captain America films must be laid at the feet of Evans, who performs Steve Rogers decent and empathetic but with a powerful sense of melancholy befitting a guy out of time. The greatest superhero narratives come when the heroes are faced with challenges they will not be well-equipped to confront and a villain with a vision that is enough to turn the stars’ strengths. When he’d to tease out friend from foe inside the authorities, he’s given everything to function the greatest outside danger, Captain America, the superb soldier created to fight the Nazis, located new depth.
My expertise can be summed up by me in four words: Marvel’s greatest film yet.
And it is not even close.
The launch of Spider-Man, the best character creation of the Marvel comic book empire, is only one demonstration of how exceptional the Marvel touch would be to the DC regime. The Russos understand we have seen Spider Man’s origin story onscreen twice in this century, so when Stark requests Parker how he got his powers, he only mumbles “It Is Complicated,” and leaves it at that. Holland’s variant of Parker is closer as opposed to Andrew Garfield iteration, which can be a massive development to the goofy character of Toby Maguire.
The changing allegiances give an opportunity to rebound distinct pairs of characters off of each other to the Russos, and it is evident where their interests lie this is. Unusually high collectively are Renner and Downey, who catch the raw fury of a longtime friendship.
Civil War is stuffed with broken storylines and characters meant to link to the universe that was larger but which bogs down the narrative that was current. Captain America: Civil War is an enjoyable time at the pictures, and among the finest of its breed, if you feel superhero exhaustion setting in however you can be excused.