The Dark Tower is not the disaster international critics would have you believe, but unfortunately it does occupy a rather grey area.
Some of my favourite songs have a bittersweet quality. They’re often lyrically dramatic, but juxtaposed with energetic, upbeat music. And some of my favourite movies have soundtracks chock-full of great songs. Baby Driver, the newest film by writer-director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs the World), is named after a pretty cool folk-rock song by Simon and Garfunkel. Despite not being a direct adaptation, you’re still gonna want to fasten your seatbelts, hit the road, and listen to the roar of Baby Driver‘s engines.
Director/screenwriter Luc Besson excels at creating these vast, quirky, juxtaposed worlds which showcase the wonder of his expansive imagination whilst never forcing us to entirely abandon the familiar. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets certainly has that homely charm wrapped-in-the-spectacular vibe.
15 Years, 5 movies and 2 spidermen in, we arrive at Spiderman: Homecoming which manages to shake off the franchise fatigue and deliver a great, surprisingly fun and funny film.
After Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, I vowed to never watch a Transformers movie again.
Cortina Whiplash’s latest album, We Do, is a melodic rollercoaster of fast, hard, and smooth alternative rock. Their message is clean and keeps the punk middle-finger raised high in the face of institutional marriage, as well as taking a look at the overwhelming amount of money and time we spend on shit that doesn’t really matter.
In my opinion, Cars 2 was one of Pixar Animation Studios’ biggest letdowns. They were on a roll (no pun intended) with some amazing, groundbreaking films, and Cars 2 interrupted the flow with an ultimately forgettable film. The sequel didn’t perform well critically or financially, but I guess there was enough potential for the studio to continue the series of kid’s films – this time (perhaps self-referentially), about getting old and retiring.
The new big thing in Hollywood is “shared universes” – multiple movies that take place in the same world, thus informing or impacting each other. It started with the Marvel Comics films (everything from 2008’s Iron Man), but also including the DC comics films that follow on Man of Steel, the new Star Wars films that include sequels and spin-offs, and the X-men films (having spun off to include Deadpool and Wolverine movies). And now Universal Studios is also having their turn: A “Dark Universe” franchise, starting with the Tom Cruise-starring The Mummy.
Growing up in the 90’s I vividly remember watching the TV series Baywatch. David Hasselhoff with his hairy chest and Pamela Anderson with her slow-motion running and big (*cough cough*) eyes. Thinking back it was a really ridiculous show, but somehow we kept on watching, week in and week out. It was something different from all the other soaps and series of its time and offered viewers a more adrenaline-pumping storyline as we intently watched lives being saved by these brave lifeguards.
The world has waited a long time for Wonder Woman and she’s finally here, ready and willing to pick up the pieces of DC’s fragmented cinematic universe with a film driven by hope and humanity.