DARK PHOENIX

Dark Phoenix, the latest installment in the current X-Men series, is fine. Yes, that is damning with faint praise, but considering Dark Phoenix’s odd mishmash of tones and race to the finishing line, “fine” is both good enough and the best outcome one could hope for. Not exactly a new criticism for a cycle of movies that have been uneven, to say the least. This particular franchise re-ignition began with 2011’s X-Men: First Class starring James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr, a.k.a., Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme, a.k.a. Mystique, and Nicholas Hoult as Hank … Continue reading DARK PHOENIX

THE CONGRESS

2014 has seen a slew of post-apocalyptic/futuristic themed movies, but out of all of them, Ari Folman’s half live action, half 2-D animation seems the most likely. That doesn’t mean it is great, or a particularly good movie, but its prediction seem less like science fiction and more like an eventual reality. The set-up is thus: Robin Wright plays Robin Wright, the actress who was once Princess Buttercup and Forrest Gump’s Jenny. Now, Wright is a single mother of two who is pretty much done with acting. Her son, Aaron (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is suffering from a disease that will rob … Continue reading THE CONGRESS

Movie Beat – 07.11.14

The Battered Bastards of Baseball – Next week is All-Star Week where the best of the National League and American League will take a break from a grueling and long season to play a game, that has some impact on the outcome, but is by and large for fun. The Battered Bastards of Baseball looks back to a time when baseball was a whole lot of fun and money didn’t pollute and convolute everything. How could it? There was none of it to go around! The story of Portland’s Mavericks and Bing Russell, directed by Chapman Russell Way and Maclain … Continue reading Movie Beat – 07.11.14

A BIRDER’S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING

A Birder’s Guide To Everything is a realistic coming-of-age movie where the conflicts presented are small, the triumphs are equally small, but the questions asked are as big as they are significant. By the time the movie starts, David (Kodi Smith-Mcphee) has already lost his mother. He deals with it the way most teenagers deal with anything and pulls back and spends most of his time sulking. The only time he actually seems to be enjoying life is when he is birding, a hobby that his mother instilled in him. On his way to school, he spots an unusual looking duck … Continue reading A BIRDER’S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING

Movie Beat – 03.21.14

A Birder’s Guide to Everything – To be a birder, all you need is a good eye, an excited mind and a motley crew of companions to keep things interesting when the birds decided to stay on the mysterious side. Not the typical hobby of a fifteen-year-old, but David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is far from typical. That’s how he stumbled upon a very rare, thought to be extinct duck. He will need a clear photo, and that will require the help of his friends, a girl he just met and a mentor. This duck might just help David come-of-age. Co-starring … Continue reading Movie Beat – 03.21.14