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Movie Review: All is Lost (2013)

Robert Redford, All is Lost

Literally the old man and the sea.  JC Chandor, the writer/director of All is Lost must have been damning Hemingway the whole time he was writing this for stealing his perfect title.  All is Lost is an admirable movie.  It’s a well-made movie.  Is it an enjoyable movie?  That depends and that’s the rub. Continue reading Movie Review: All is Lost (2013)

Movie Review: Kon Tiki (2012)

Kon TikiKon Tiki is a film I will admit I checked out pretty much solely because its directors (and don’t think I didn’t cut and paste this), Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, have been tapped by Disney to helm Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (aka Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales).  After seeing Kon Tiki, I’m excited for that film.  If they can get a script, the prospect of seeing what these gentlemen can do with the franchise is something  to anticipate. Continue reading Movie Review: Kon Tiki (2012)

Weekend Streaming: What’s New on Netflix – 11/16/2013

I’ve had some folks asking me for awhile now to highlight what’s playing at home via streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, Vudu, Amazon Prime, etc.  I realize not everyone can get to the theater or make appointment television as I often can’t myself.  I heavily use three out of the four major services (sorry Vudu), but I think the service that is most universally used on more devices than any other is Netflix streaming.  I’m always browsing through their catalog looking for new additions for the queue (especially now that I do the Latest vs. Greatest column because it requires a LOT of research in tracking down and watching older films).  Each Saturday, I’ll post what I’ve found notable among the new additions.  I want you to note: I’m not endorsing all of these.  I have not seen all of these.  I just think enough people may be interested to check them out.  At the end of each column, I will pick an overlooked gem that people can find on Netflix that I do heartily endorse and that I feel has not gotten the recognition it deserves.  A shout out to reader Glenn Luther for banging the drum for this idea, and here’s what’s new and notable on Netflix.

Europa Report, Poster

Denzel Washington, Flight


KON TIKI (directors of Pirates of the Caribbean 5)

olympus has fallen


Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez



You probably haven’t seen….
Margin Call

It’s surprising to me that, given Hollywood’s propensity for making “issue” films that it has largely ignored the two biggest issues of the last decade in America: the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and, yeah, there have been a couple) and the complete meltdown of the economy.  Of the latter, you’d be hard pressed to find more than two or three major films that deal with-what is for most people-the most “in your face” aspect of the decline of America.  Wall Street isn’t a very sexy film topic and it requires some degree of intelligence on the part of film makers to examine it (I may have answered my own question there as to why there haven’t been more).  Margin Call is the best film I’ve seen about the market crash and was one of the most criminally overlooked films of 2011.  Kevin Spacey should have been nominated for an Oscar for his performance, but the entire ensemble is stellar.  It manages to make a dry topic as thrilling as a car chase.  It’s an intelligent, brilliantly-acted look at a group of men and women driving the economy into the abyss.

Happy streaming this weekend!

Pirates 5 Looking for a Director

Pirates of the Caribbean, Jack Sparrow, Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp

The fifth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will be helmed by the directing team of Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki).  I haven’t seen Kon-Tiki myself, but the subject matter seems appropriate for a Pirates film: “Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947, together with five men, to prove that South Americans already back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the sea and settle on Polynesian islands.”

The team was Disney’s #1 choice, though they also had Fredrik Bond (The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman) and Rupert Sanders (Snow White And The Huntsman) on their finalists list.  With the directors set, they might now get around to figuring out WHAT the movie will be about, which seems a bit backward, but then this is Hollywood.  They probably already have a teaser trailer shot.  Pirates 5 is tentatively slated for a summer 2015 release, but then what isn’t these days?

Kon Tiki


Pirates 5 Looking for a Director

Pirates of the Caribbean, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Johnny Depp, Jack Sparrow, Captain Jack Sparrow

With The Lone Ranger now in the can and Lone Ranger fans (myself included) bracing for what looks like a Michael Bay-esque treatment of The Masked Man, Johnny Depp and Jerry Bruckheimer can return to pillaging the high seas and international box offices. Rob Marshall will not be returning as director for Pirates 5 (which is a bit disappointing because I liked it a damn sight better than 2 or 3). Deadline is reporting that they already have a short list of three (well a team of two, and two single directors): Fredrik Bond (The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman), Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki), and Rupert Sanders (Snow White And The Huntsman). I can’t speak to any of them but Rupert Sanders, and I can’t speak to him because I try to keep the blog fairly family friendly. I think On Stranger Tides was a good step in the right direction and I hope whomever is chosen will bring us back to the Captain Jack of Pirates and not Crazy Multiple Jacks from At World’s End (worst sequel ever….quite possibly).  Odds are, this is a 2015 release (as most things are) if they’re just at the selecting the director stage.