“Office Space” is a timeless satirical comedy, cleverly mocking corporate life while remaining relevant and hilarious to this day.
A reflection on life’s messiness, “High Fidelity” remains a cherished guide and a testament to the enduring power of cinema.
Take the plot, dialogue and style of a 30s crime-noir, with a hard-nosed detective, a femme fatale, drug lords and enigmatic informants, and transpose it all to a modern-day High School.
The film adaptation of “Les Misérables” impresses with potent performances but lacks epicness due to excessive use of closeups that undermine grand ensemble scenes.
Much like the Special Air Service during the London Iranian Embassy action (and the movie that followed, Who Dares Wins), the US Navy SEALs were fully exposed to the glare of publicity when they raided a compound in Pakistan and killed Osama Bin Laden. Now comes a film of the unit’s exploits, but with a twist: it stars actual, active duty, Navy SEALs.
When you have a motley collection of strong characters and a plot involving world invasion, who else do you get to direct but Joss Whedon?
After the debacle that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine, you’d be forgiven for thinking that perhaps the X-Men franchise was best left to lie for a while. Never let it be said however that Hollywood is unwilling to beat a dead horse; out come the whips to give us X-Men: First Class. Except somewhere along the way, they actually made a classy, fun, interesting film.
This is the definitive blueprint for an origin film, setting a standard from which Fox should take notes.
They had the opportunity to craft a riveting origin story, but they blew it.
An Iraq war film with a different narrative explores how facing death can be addictive.