I enjoy just about anything Bogart does but I just can’t escape the lazy flashback device that’s leaned on so heavily. It entertains and the performances are solid but not memorable. Even Bogart takes this one in stride and tends to be on cruise control emotionally. Lacking any real desperation to his hunger for justice. He simply must catch the bad guys because that’s what he does. The mystery element isn’t one for deep surprises either but the hook is…
The script is nothing more than a narrative ploy for Jackson to be himself in a role he was born to play. Jackson IS Shaft. Tim Story simply gives him a gun and gets out of the way. Attitude, mayhem, and every opportunity to offend will quickly follow. However, the newest rendition doesn't just recycle the solo act. Bringing along a cantankerous and fashionable bunch of side players for a true family affair. Alexandra Shipp and Regina Hall don't lack for attitude, putting the whoop in whoop ass! Where misogynists and feminist go toe to toe for a loving family showdown.
Christopher Nolan has crafted a masterpiece of cinema. If I could give this 6 stars I would.
I remember reading Alfred Hitchcock saying something to the effect "as a story teller within this visual medium we have two chief responsibilities, to manipulate time and show not tell". If you could show it without words you are responsible as a director to do so. Or else you cheat the audience he would say. Not an exact quote but that was the…
Im not sure if Im more impressed with the feat of actually conquering this impossible 3000 foot Yosemite National Park wall of rock. Or the decision that Tommy Caldwell refused to reach the summit without his best friend Kevin Jorgesen and climbing partner who was stuck at pitch 15. He simply wouldn’t take hold of his life’s dream without raising his friends hand as an equal victor. Only a few men in the world even have the kind of elite…