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‘Kill Bill’ (2003-2004): The Ultimate Revenge Saga

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino || Produced by: Lawrence Bender Screenplay by: Quentin Tarantino || Starring: Uma  Thurman, David Carradine, Lucy Liu, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, Sonny Chiba, Vivica A. Fox, Gordon Liu, Julie Dreyfus, Chiaki Kuriyama Music by: RZA || Cinematography by: Robert Richardson || Edited by: Sally Menke || Country: United States || Language: … Continue reading

My Take on ‘(The) Fast and (the) Furious’ Franchise (2001 – Present): Not a Review

Some time in the early 2000s, my fellow small-town, Midwestern citizens got excited over another non-distinct, brainless summer action movie called The Fast and the Furious (2001). It starred then unknown actor Paul Walker and recent breakout “star” Vin Diesel, the latter of whom had previously broken onto the map from the low-budget sci-fi film, Pitch … Continue reading

‘Starship Troopers’ (1997): Paul Verhoeven’s Black Satire Strikes Again

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven || Produced by: Jon Davison, Alan Marshall Screenplay by:  Edward Neumeier || Starring: Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Muldoon, Clancy Brown, Michael Ironside, Dean Norris Music by: Basil Poledouris || Cinematography by: Jost Vacano || Edited by: Mark Goldblatt, Caroline Ross || Country: … Continue reading

‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ (2013): Modern FX Revitalize an Old Story

Directed by: Ben Stiller || Produced by: Samuel Goldwyn Jr., John Goldwyn, Stuart Cornfeld, Ben Stiller Screenplay by: Steve Conrad || Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Adam  Scott, Kathryn Hahn,  Sean Penn, Patton Oswalt Music by: Theodore Shapiro || Cinematography by: Stuart Dryburgh || Edited by: Greg Hayden || Country: Australia, Canada, United … Continue reading

‘Jurassic World’ (2015): A Franchise Achieves Self-Awareness

Directed by: Colin Trevorrow || Produced by: Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley Screenplay by: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow || Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, B.D. Wong, Irrfan Khan Music by: Michael Giacchino || Cinematography by: John Schwartzman || Edited by: Kevin Stitt || … Continue reading

‘The Hobbit’ (2012-2014, Fan-Edit Re-evaluated): There & Back Again

Directed by: Peter Jackson || Produced by: Peter Jackson, Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner, Fran Walsh Screenplay by: Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro || Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard  Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch Ken Scott, Luke Evans Music by: Howard Shore || Cinematography by: Andrew Lesnie || Edited by: [Insert Preferred editor here] || … Continue reading

‘Bronson’ (2008): Born to Be Bad

Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn || Produced by: Rupert Preston, Danny Hansford Screenplay by: Brock Norman Brock, Nicolas Winding Refn || Starring: Tom Hardy, Matt King, James Lance, Amanda Burton, Kelly  Adams, Juliet Oldfield, Jonathan Phillips, Mark Powley Music by: Johnny Jewel || Cinematography by: Larry Smith || Edited by: Matthew Newman || Country: United … Continue reading

‘Dredd’ (2012): Stylish Fascism

Directed by: Pete Travis || Produced by: Alex Garland, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich Screenplay by: Alex Garland || Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Wood Harris, Lena Headey, Domhnall Gleeson Music by: Paul Leonard-Morgan || Cinematography by: Anthony Dod Mantle || Edited by: Mark Eckersley || Country: United Kingdom, South Africa || Language: English Running Time: … Continue reading

‘Haywire’ (2011): Another Weird, Eclectic Experiment from Steven Soderbergh

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh || Produced by: Gregory Jacobs Screenplay by: Lem Dobbs || Starring: Gina Carano, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas Music by: David Holmes || Cinematography by: Steven Soderbergh || Edited by: Steven Soderbergh || Country: United States || Language: English Running Time: 93 minutes There … Continue reading