Thursday, September 18, 2014
As a reader, I will admit that I can be swept up by the story and put my reservations aside. But as a writer, I need to justify the voice the story is told in so I can make it work. I'm still a bit dubious, but I think I might have found a way. Hopefully, I will be able to touch more on this subject in the future.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Remembering 9/11 three years ago, President Obama said “Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.”
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy must be Marvel's most sheerly delightful movie to date and that comes down to something rather unexpected: the prominence of authorial voice. Few of the previous Marvel outings, no matter how enjoyable they were, were particularly notable for the power of a single filmmaker's vision behind them (maybe Sam Raimi's Spider-Man and Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger would be exceptions). Even The Avengers, which had one of our great pop storytellers behind it, was still clearly powered by a certain degree of corporate synergy. But from it's subversive penchant to undercut heroic stereotypes and imagery, to its quick-witted dialog (delivered by some truly charming performers), to its soundtrack, everything about James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy felt like it was spun from a singular vision. And so, from the most unlikely of places, do we witness the power of the artist. Kudos must also go to Marvel for putting a very obscure property into the hands of a relatively untested filmmaker.
A quick honorable mention must also go to Lucy, which is an action movie devoted as wholeheartedly to ideas as to thrills, featuring as unlikely (and lovely) a climax as you are ever likely to see in such a film.