You know the saying ‘revenge is a dish best served cold’? Out of the Furnace may just be the most implacable movie take on that that I’ve ever seen.
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How odd is it that, for the third straight time, Disney Animation has released a better film than Pixar? In fact, Disney’s Frozen – a very loose retelling of Hans Cristian Andersen’s The Snow Queen – is easily the best animated film of the year.
Jason Statham has become the king of the mid-range budget action flicks. He’s a better actor than Arnold and a better fighter than Sly (or, at least, capable of executing more complex choreography). With every movie, he shows a few more colors as his range continues to expand – a nastier edge here; a bit more vulnerability there. Homefront gives Statham fans the action they’ve come to expect and a slightly more complex story than usual.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire adapts the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy into a fast-paced, character driven film with action and suspense to spare. Being taken from the second book in the trilogy, however, it ends at what would – in any other movie series – seem like a very odd place.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Director Francis Lawrence, heard my plea of no shaky cam in the sequel. I get on my knees and scream to the heavens, “For the love of god!” The first film literally made me sick on three separate occasions and I wasn’t able to make it through until it hit glorious Blu-ray. I tell you this because there was enough meat there in the first one that I actually liked. While the first film set the stage and promise of future films, Catching Fire has a been there, done that, is this all there is, feel to it.
It is nice watching a Superhero franchise where I don’t know much about the hero. Yeah I’m an old school Marvel Fan Girl – can’t stand the Marvel Now stuff, but I never got into Thor. The only thing I know about this character is the mythology they have built in the films. I thought the first Thor was the surprisingly good and the best film out of the first Phase 1 series of movies.
Richard Curtis is responsible for such films as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually – romantic dramedies that detail burgeoning relationships that work, as often as not, because the people in them are flawed. For About Time, Curtis adds a very limited form of time travel to the mix in a low key, unsurprisingly affecting movie that will provoke a bit of laughter, a few tears and the feeling of almost two hours well spent.