Cinema Watch: A break from my week of bad films: • - The Equalizer 2 packs twice as much humanity but loses double the amount of memorable action. Its predecessor was a pleasant surprise, with both Fuqua and Washington crafting another solid film together. The dream team return for the sequel and, whilst it remains consistently gritty with captivating dialogue, unfortunately falls short with an unfocused narrative. McCall, now running a driving service to which he seeks out justice for the oppressed, is tested as to how far he will go to save the individuals he cares for. This series would not be anywhere near as successful as it is without the ever dependable Washington and talented Fuqua. An actor who transfixes all who watch his performances, and a director who allows his stars to be at the forefront whilst still retaining control of the film. This is no different, in fact Washington owned the screen with his commanding yet cool demeanour. What sets this apart from the previous film is the abundance of humanity that is injected into the plot. McCall is portrayed to be a guardian angel for the innocent civilians who do not deserve to be exploited, with several touching moments that reveal him to be a protective figure. This is particularly apparent when he is attempting to steer a troubled teenager towards a better lifestyle, as if the boy is a reflection of McCall's past mistakes. This is where the film excels, but at the unfortunate consequence of substantially losing the stylised action sequences that made the original so compelling. An imbalanced screenplay from Wenk that, in turn, prevented Fuqua from creating a focused film. The combination of a dramatic crime plot with random combat encounters acting as sub-plots just did not work. It felt unnecessarily overlong, taking a conservative forty minutes for the primary plot to commence. Fortunately the final stormy confrontation was filmed to precision, as if we ourselves were taking cover from the sniper
CineMOO at War: The 'Greatest Character In Cinema History' Tournament Round 1 - Match #2 (CHOOSE 3) - Tyler Durden (Fight Club) vs. Brandon Sullivan (Shame) vs. Theodore Twombly (Her) vs. Barry Egan (Punch-Drunk Love) vs. Birdman (Birdman) vs. Donnie Darko (Donnie Darko) vs. Kirk Lazarus (Tropic Thunder) vs. Lester Burnham (American Beauty) #cinemooatwar Welcome to the second match of this brand new tournament! With a whopping 168 characters involved, this will be the biggest and most unique film tourney I've hosted thus far. And by the end of it, we will have crowned the #greatestcharacterincinemahistory - Choose 3 character to advance to the second round. - VOTE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW. My picks: Tyler Durden, Theodore Twombly, and Barry Egan.
[Film Flashback] Touch of Evil (1958), Directed by Orson Welles By: Billy Cross @vacweb "You’ve most likely seen it. No, not the movie. The opening shot – a 3 minute and 20 second tracking shot that weaves through the streets of Mexico as a bomb ticks away inside the trunk of a car. It’s a masterclass of planning and orchestration. Not only that, but everything you need to know about the movie – as in tone, setting, and main characters – unfolds in this one shot. It’s famous for good reason. But unfortunately, the film exists on the fringe as a cult classic." Read more on our site, link in bio. . . . #movie#film#filmbuff#oldfilm#nostalgia#moviereview#movies#flicks#noir#films#filmreview#entertainment#entertainmentblog#blog#entertainmentwebsite
Ready for the weekend like ... stereotypes can make for really great comedy but a great film breaks through and comes out singularly touching on the other side. I hope this all-asian cast does just this and sheds some light on the vast, complicated, diverse, hip and ironic status that is too often defined and limited to an #asian box This is a hollywood film but it will break down walls and open more doors to tell distinguishing life stories Many marginalized neglected not in finance, artists, driving a souped up honda, or living in suburbs; of societies and cultures still unrecognized #repost @kenjeong #crazyrichasians @newyorkercartoons #filmbuff#asianamerican#nyc