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Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Review

ANOTHER SIDE, ANOTHER STORY


 

Within many of the movie genres of cinematic tales, the subgenre of the commonly named “period pieces” have always been produced throughout the years of filmmaking; spinning different stories that place in “another time” and “another place” for the modern world. These particular feature films, which span multiple genres (i.e adventure, comedy, horror, thriller, fantasy, etc.), can also speak to historical reference in both a general sense of timeline era (i.e England’s Victorian era or the American Revolution) as well as vague period era (i.e the Middle Ages or the “roaring 20s”). Regardless, a heavy emphasis on the film’s time period is a crucial element of the movie’s narrative setting from its historical references and influences in various categories, including religious belief, political structures, society order / stasis, and costume attires. Thus, these period piece cinematic productions cast a very wide net across the theatrical features that Hollywood has produced over the years, including 1959’s ancient world epic Ben-Hur (as well as 1956’s The Ten Commandments), 1972’s and 1974’s mafia gangster masterpieces of the Godfather and the Godfather Part II, 1997’s sweeping tale romance and loss in Titanic, to 2012’s lavishing story of love and betrayal in Anna Karenina just to name a few. Now, Focus Features and directorial Josie Rourke present the latest Hollywood endeavor of a historical costume period piece with the movie Mary Queen of Scots. Does this shed new light on the famous “Queen of Scots” character or is it just another humdrum / adequate of motion picture from current Hollywood? Read more

Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Review

TINKERTY TONK


 

Winnie the Pooh (also called Pooh Bear), Christopher Robin, and their friends in the Hundred Acre Woods. Just saying those iconic names and place are embedded deep within many childhood memories, filled with tales of youthful wonder and childish imagination. Created by British author A. A. Milne, Winne the Pooh, first debuted in the children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926 and The House at Pooh Corner in 1928 and followed the adventures of human boy Christopher Robin and the anamorphic animal friends (Winne the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, and several others). After the literary and popular success of the books, which was translated in many languages and published across the world, the Walt Disney company bought the licensing rights to Milne’s Winne the Pooh (characters and all) and in 1977 released the animated feature The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh; a cartoon film that was divided into three segments (i.e. Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winne the Pooh and the Blustery Day, and Winnie the Pooh and Tiger Too). As to be noted, a fourth segment titled Winnie the Pooh and a Day of Eeyore was released a few years later. As time grew on, Winnie the Pooh became one of Disney’s most popular and iconic characters, spanning years of being a developed character in the company’s illustrious canon, including a syndicated cartoon series (The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh) and several more animated features (2000’s The Tigger Movie, 2003’s Piglet’s Big Movie, and 2005’s Pooh’s Heffalump Movie). However, the success of this classic children’s character goes back to the mind of A.A. Milne. Now, 20th Century Fox and director Simon Curtis present the untold story behind Milne’s beloved creation in the film Goodbye Christopher Robin. Does this newest biopic drama shed light on Winnie the Pooh’s literary inception or does it fail to bridge a cinematic medium to the tale of how Christopher Robin came to be? Read more

Suicide Squad Review

WORST. HEROES. EVER.


 

In an age of superhero films, Marvel and DC Comics are churning out their cinematic movies of heroes, villains, comic book frivolities, and big dollar feature films. While Marvel has already established has a powerhouse juggernaut in its MCU films (13 films released as of August 2016), DC has struggled a bit. While the franchise has created some memorable hits (i.e. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy), it has faltered a bit when cultivating its DCEU (DC Extended Universe). So far, underneath its DCEU banner, its two films, Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, have had mixed reviews from its fans, critics, and moviegoers. With Dawn of Justice completed and done, the DCEU series is hoping to explode with several movies planned off for sequels, spin-offs, and superhero team ups (Justice League). However, before such an event occurs, Warner Bros, and director David Ayer bring a unique superhero (or rather a supervillain) assemblage with the film Suicide Squad. With so much hype being thrusted upon this movie, will the “worst superheroes ever” team save the day or is it a hodgepodge cacophony of superhero baddies? Read more

The Legend of Tarzan Review

NOT QUITE THE RETURN OF THE KING


 

Tarzan. Every knows the name. Over the years, the premise for Tarzan has been iconic as the name itself; a feral child that’s raised in the jungles of Africa by the Mangani Apes, who then later joins civilization, but only to be rejected by society and returns to the native jungle homeland as a heroic adventurer. Created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the character of Tarzan (or rather John Clayton, Viscount Greystroke) first appeared in “Tarzan and the Apes”, which was published back in 1914. The book became just a popular hit that Burroughs continue writing novels for Tarzan, with over twenty-five sequels written. Within time, the character of Tarzan could leap off the pages of Burroughs’s work and be featured in several media outlets, including animated cartoons, theatrical films, radio programs, unauthorized novels and comics, stage productions, video games, and action figures. Now Warner Bros. and director David Yates return to Burroughs’s timeless character for another adventure in the movie The Legend of Tarzan. Does this latest Tarzan romp reign as “king of the jungle” or has the time come and gone for the “Lord of the Apes”? Read more

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Review

CAUGHT IN ITS OWN CROSSFIRE


 

Actress Tina Fey has had her fair share of comedic performance over the years, proving to be prolithic in her art as a comedian actress. First appearing on SNL (Saturday Night Live) as a writer for the show, before moving to a head writer and then a performer on the show, Fey comedic gags and skits were effective in producing laughter and amusement. From there, Fey created (and starred) in the television show 30 Rock, which ran for seven season, and was critical acclaimed by many. In addition, Fey has starred in several feature films, including Baby Mama, Date Night, and (most recently) Sisters. While the comedy genre has always been her forte, Fey, further developing her ability as an actress, has branched out into more dramatic roles with films like Admission and This is Where I Leave You. Traveling down that similar path, Fey embarks on another “less-comedic” film with Paramount Picture’s bio-pic Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Does movie proved to be a suitable choice the Fey’s acting ability or is a complete misfire of a movie? Read more

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