Tag Archive | action

Movie of the Week: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

***** A reboot sounded like a horrible idea, didn’t it? After Sam Raimi redefined the superhero genre with his adaptation of a particular comic book superhero, Spider-Man (2002) became the standard that all comic book films had to live up to. And when he released Spider-Man 2 (2004), it seemed that the genre could not be bettered. And then […]

One of Those Great Little Scenes: Rocky (1976)

If you haven’t heard the story of how Sylvester Stallone’s knockout came to fruition, it’s a story as epic as the film itself. In many ways, Stallone wrote the film about himself; he was a nobody whose wife left him, who was so poor that he had to sell his dog for food money, and […]

Review: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

 ***** It is the age of the superhero. Since 2005, no less than 35 superhero movies have been released in the US. There may be more, but try to tell me there have been less. But in 2008, there was one hero film that took its place above all others as being considered (by many) […]

One of Those Great Little Scenes: Batman Begins (2005)

It is Batman day. At least, for me it is. It is also my birthday. And four years ago today, Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece The Dark Knight was released to critical and audience acclaim. But some people forget that before there was a Dark Knight, Batman had to begin. And he did just that in 2005’s Batman Begins, which breathed […]

The Dark Knight Rises: Pre-review

Okay, here it is. The Dark Knight Rises will be released Thursday-Friday night at 12:01am of July 20th. Possibly the most anticipated film of 2012, Rises is the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s Batman saga, his Dark Knight trilogy. And so far, the critics are saying that it hasn’t lived up to the standards of the first, scoring an 87% […]

One of Those Great Little Scenes: Casino Royale (2006)

Okay, there is a lot of debate over who is the best Bond in the franchise’s history. But in the opinion of this writer, Casino Royale shows the series in top form, not only with its taut direction, intelligent writing, and awesome performances, but mainly with a certain scene in the middle of the film, famously referred […]

Review: Death Race (2008)

*****   Blecchhhh…… can we really say much more? There are action movies, and then there are THESE kinds of action movies; the kind that are ineffectually violent and imicilic in nature. Death Race follows the story of a man who is accused of  a crime he didn’t commit, and in order to win his freedom, he […]