The Old man and the Gun is a heartwarming, charming film that would be nearly perfect if not for one specific casting choice.
Writer-Director Drew Goddard has grown a career with genre material: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost, Cabin in the Woods, The Martian. His writing lends itself to ensemble pieces, where every character is a piece of a puzzle. Bad Times at the El Royale is the largest and best puzzle yet.
After years in development, the newest adaptation of A Star Is Born is now in theaters. It is directed by Bradley Cooper and written by Cooper, Eric Roth, and Will Fetters. The film stars Cooper as Jackson “Jack” Maine, a rockstar with addiction issues, who discovers and falls in love with the immensely talented Ally, played by Lady Gaga.
As we enter into October, I’m sure one of us here (not me) will be reviewing the latest horror phenomena on the screen. Before we do that though, I’d like to take you through a real horror; the dismantling of source material.
This weekend saw the release of First Man directed by Damien Chazelle (La La Land), written by Josh Singer (The Post), and starring Ryan Gosling (Blade Runner 2049) and Claire Foy (The Crown) as Neil and Janet Armstrong. The film follows the life of Neil Armstrong during the ten years leading up to the first landing on the moon.
This past weekend Sony released Venom. The film, directed by Ruben Fleischer and written by Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenerg and Kelly Marcel, stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, an investigative reporter who bonds with an alien symbiote and becomes a super powered anti-hero. This is Sony’s first attempt at releasing a film featuring the supporting characters of the Spider-Man universe, without the web-head himself. The success of this film will help determine the plans for a potential cinematic universe. The problem is, while the film had a great opening weekend, it’s hard to view it as anything more than something that had potential.
During the 1970’s, Ron Stallworth, a black police officer with the Colorado Springs Police Department, successfully infiltrated the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. He worked undercover with a white police officer who would go to meetings and ceremonies in person, but Stallworth would cover any communication over the phone. During the investigation, Stallworth was able to get in contact with the leader of the Klan, David Duke, and speak with him over the phone. This helped expedite his membership into the Klan and establish his legitimacy during the investigation. These events actually happened and are now the subject of Spike Lee’s latest film BlacKkKlansman.