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‘No Time to Die’ (2021): But Time Enough for Closure

Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga || Produced by: Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli Screenplay by: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Phoebe Waller-Bridge || Starring: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Wishaw, Naomi Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes Music by: Hans Zimmer || Cinematography: Linus Sandgren || Edited by: Elliot … Continue reading

‘Quantum of Solace’ (2008): The Limits of Franchise Brand Recognition

Directed by: Marc Forster || Produced by: Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli Screenplay by: Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade || Starring: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Giancarlo Giannini, Jeffrey Wright, Judi Dench Music by: David Arnold || Cinematography: Roberto Schaefer || Edited by: Matt Cheese, Richard Pearson || Country: United Kingdom, United States … Continue reading

‘The Suicide Squad’ (2021): Whatever Happened to Numbered Sequels?

Directed by: James Gunn || Produced by: Charles Roven, Peter Safran Screenplay by: James Gunn || Starring: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Michael Rooker, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, Alice Braga, Pete Davidson Music by: John Murphy || Cinematography: Henry Braham || Edited by: Fred … Continue reading

‘Blade Trinity’ (2004): The Curse of the Threequel

Directed by: David S. Goyer || Produced by: Peter Frankfurt, Wesley Snipes, David S. Goyer, Lynn Harris Screenplay by: David S. Goyer || Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Parker Posey, Natasha Lyonne, Dominic Purcell, Triple H Music by: Ramin Djawadi, RZA || Cinematography: Gabriel Beristain || Edited by: Conrad Smart, Howard … Continue reading

‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ (2011): The Humble Origins of the 2010s’ Best Franchise

Directed by: Rupert Wyatt || Produced by: Peter Chernin Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver Screenplay by: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver || Starring: Andy Serkis, James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo Music by: Patrick Doyle || Cinematography: Andrew Lesnie || Edited by: Conrad Buff, Mark Goldblatt || Country: United … Continue reading

An Overview of Marvel’s ‘Infinity Saga’ (2008-2019)

I do not care for contemporary superhero movie franchises, their fanbases, their audiovisual styles, or the superhero archetype on film in general; I have tired of their overexposure in the popular culture zeitgeist since at least the early 2010s. Like Japanese animation, I’m aware these movements are passionate and have achieved significant mainstream acceptance, having … Continue reading

‘In the Heights’ (2021): Please Stop Singing

Directed by: Jon M. Chu || Produced by: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Scott Sanders, Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs Screenplay by: Quiara Alegría Hudes || Starring: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Jimmy Smits Music by: Lin-Manuel Miranda || Cinematography: Alice Brooks || Edited by: Myron … Continue reading

‘Mortal Kombat’ (1995) vs. ‘Mortal Kombat’ (2021): Test Your Might

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson [1] Simon McQuoid [2] || Produced by: Lawrence Kansanoff [1], James Wan, Todd Garner, Simon McQuoid, E. Bennett Walsh [2] Screenplay by: Kevin Droney [1], Greg Russo, Dave Callaham [2] || Starring: Linden Ashby, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Robin Shou, Bridgette Wilson, Talisa Soto, Christopher Lambert [1], Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, … Continue reading

‘Godzilla vs Kong’ (2021): The MonsterVerse May Be the Best Universe

Directed by: Adam Wingard || Produced by: Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Brian Rogers, Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Eric McLeod Screenplay by: Eric Pearson, Max Borenstein || Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, Lance Reddick, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir Music by: Tom Holkenborg || Cinematography: … Continue reading

‘The Dark Crystal’ (1982, 2019): A Masterwork of Puppetry and Fantasy

Created by: Jim Henson [1], Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews [2] || Written by: David Odell [1], Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews, J.M. Lee, Vivian Lee, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Simon Racioppa, Richard Elliott, Kari Drake, Margaret Dunlap [2]  Directed by: Jim Henson, Frank Oz [1] Louis Leterrier [2] || Starring: Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw, Percy Edwards … Continue reading