If there’s one movie I was most looking forward to seeing this year, it was “Interstellar.” With a story shrouded in mystery, ambitious visual effects, directed by an acclaimed director and starring a top flight cast, it’s one of the most anticipated movies of 2014. “Interstellar” is imperfectly perfect in its stellar storytelling, simplicity of the plot and complicated details. A celestial tapestry of space exploration, time bender and heartfelt human story, it earns its place among the stars.
Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal, “Source Code”) is desperate for a job. He scours and scrapes for anything. One night he runs into a freelance videographer (Bill Paxton, “Edge of Tomorrow”) filming a crash rescue, a footage that can be sold as headline exclusive to the highest bidding news station. This speaks to him on a primal level.
As a sci-fi fan, I wasn’t running to the theater to see “The Maze Runner.”
The trailer first seen at WonderCon and the 20th Century Fox press conference I attended at Comic-Con earlier this year didn’t generate nearly as much anticipation as “The Hunger Games” or “Divergent.” And the story didn’t come across as thought-provoking as “The Giver.”
The best party of the year arrived and it was one that fans wish would last just a little longer. After so many years of Hall H (which now arguably stands more for ‘hassles’), where major films are featured, I chose a different route last year, alternating between the hall’s mass-hysteria with subdued press conferences (Marvel’s […]
Joy for Jolie. With majestic wings, pointy horns, glowing eyes and enhanced cheekbones, Angelina Jolie (“Wanted”) is a magnetic and menacing presence. With all the elements of the beloved story there – Maleficent, a fire-breathing dragon, three fairy godmothers, Princess Aurora and Prince Philip – a twist on the cliché “true love’s kiss” is a welcomed one.
The franchise that started the golden era of superhero movies is back with “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” with Bryan Singer (“Superman Returns”) returning to the director’s chair. More a sequel to the phenomenal “X-Men: First Class” than to the original X-Men trilogy, expectations towards the ambitious picture are at a premium.