STAR WARS, Nostalgia and the Delicate but Potent Franchise Relaunch

Let’s get this out of the way first. I didn’t hate Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I loved certain moments. Disliked some others. And checked-out once or twice from utter disinterest. As far as big franchise resurrections go, J.J. Abrams’s return to that galaxy far, far away is about average. It checks all the nostalgia ...

JURASSIC WORLD Is Incredibly Stupid. Here’s Why It’s Hard To Care.

By Sunday, June 14, 2015 0 Permalink 4

Even by today’s big, dumb summer movie standards, Jurassic World is probably one of the stupidest movies you’ll ever see. The third sequel to Steven Spielberg’s dino spectacular is so braindead that I’d call it an exercise in blockbuster self-parody if I thought for one moment the movie was self-aware enough to go there. It’s ...

Why Imagination Matters In Original Hollywood Movies

By Sunday, May 31, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 1

Many moviegoers, not everyone, bemoan the onslaught of franchise films, universe entries, remakes and sequels that are announced every week (day?). It’s true, the idea of an original movie in Hollywood is a rarity. Even when something original does hit, it’s not likely to create the quasi-original imitators that were once the staple of formula ...