The Invisible Man – Is a completely viceral take on this classic character!

Universal has had a few stops and starts with its monster franchises over the years, some better than others. Most recently in 2017, they attempted to relaunch the franchise with The Mummy starring Tom Cruise. The most recent Invisible Man adaption was the Kevin Bacon film Hollow Man from 2000. That said, the 1933 versionContinue reading “The Invisible Man – Is a completely viceral take on this classic character!”

Portrait of a Lady on Fire – Is on Fire with Love!

             Portrait of a Lady on Fire Review                                     by                           Dan Skip Allen Foreign films can evoke feelings and emotions that American film tends not to evoke. They show a passion for life and a despair that we rarely see. Portrait of a Lady on Fire, a French film, deals with passion and sensuality likeContinue reading “Portrait of a Lady on Fire – Is on Fire with Love!”

Bad Boys for Life – Another Bad Film in an Awful Franchise!

Bad Boys for Life is the 3rd film in the Bad Boys franchise which follows the exploits of two Miami Police detectives, Mike Lowery (Will Smith) and Marcus Bennett (Martin Lawrence). Michael Bay directed the first two films in this franchise, but he handed off Bad Boys for Life to directors Adil El Arbi andContinue reading “Bad Boys for Life – Another Bad Film in an Awful Franchise!”

Are Timothee Chalamet & Lucas Hedges the new, De Niro & Pacino? That remains to be seen…

                           Over the years when a new upstart artist such as a singer, athlete, or actor comes along that is taking the world by storm the inevitable comparisons come with it. For example, in the case of M. Night Shyamalan, when he brokeContinue reading “Are Timothee Chalamet & Lucas Hedges the new, De Niro & Pacino? That remains to be seen…”

Green Book Review

              Peter Farrelly isn’t usually known for more serious subject matter but, Green Book mixes some comedic moments and said serious subject matter. He has directed with his brother such films as Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary & Shallow Hal etc. These films are a lighter fair.Continue reading “Green Book Review”

Most Popular Film Category Put on Hold

Due to peer pressure the academy has decided to put the most popular Oscar category on hold until  further notice. I believe that more films should be nominated due to the fact that there are so many films coming out in theaters every year. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 350 films come out every yearContinue reading “Most Popular Film Category Put on Hold”

Top 10 Films of 2018 2/3rd’s…of the year!

2018 has been a great year for films. This year has had plenty of blockbusters, documentaries, animated films and indie films alike. A lot of films have had a buzz behind them but, came and went with a fizzle. 2018 has had  quite a few sequels as well. some with a lot of fan fare.Continue reading “Top 10 Films of 2018 2/3rd’s…of the year!”

Sorry, To Bother You Review

          Sorry, to Bother You-Review Lakeith Stanfield plays Cassius Green a struggling guy who lives with his girlfriend Misty, portrayed by Tessa Thompson, in his uncle’s garage in Sorry, to Bother You. Cassius is applying for a telemarketing job so he can pay his rent and take care of hisContinue reading “Sorry, To Bother You Review”

Mission Impossible:Fallout Review A dream foreshadows an ominous time for Ethan Hunt, played for the 6th time by Tom Cruise, in Mission Impossible:Fallout. Getting a call from his IMF liaison Alan Hunley, played by Alec Baldwin, gets Ethan, Luther and Benji, reprising their roles again are Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg, back into action. They have to make a deal to buy some weapons grade plutonium from from some Irish arms dealers. When the deal goes south all hell breaks loose. It turns out a group of men calling themselves the Apostles led by Solomon Lane are responsible. This gets the CIA involved and Deputy Director Sloane, played by Angela Bassett, is not a happy camper at what happened in Berlin. She sicks her dog otherwise known as Walker, portrayed by Henry Cavill, on Ethan. They have to remain together for the rest of the mission to get the plutonium back from these terrorists. So they both go to France to broker a trade with The White Widow, portrayed by Vanessa Kirby, from the Netflix show The Crown. Add in the return of Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa and you have another remarkable edition to the Mission Impossible Franchise. Tom Cruise is known for doing his own stunts in these Mission Impossible films and others over the years. A bathroom fight scene is nothing to shake your head at though. Walker and Hunt are in a fight for their lives and they barely make it out alive. Then again you know they will. Trying to do a prisoner extraction Ethan has to to run from quite a few French police officers. This leads to an incredible motorcycle chase scene. Even incredible for Tom Cruise. Ilsa even gets to join in on the fun. That’s nothing compared to this though. A helicopter scene near the end of the film will take your break away. I was hyperventilating watching this scene unfold on screen. It’s one of the most harrowing scenes I’ve seen in my entire movie watching life. And I’ve been watching movies for 35, nearly 40 years. The stunt coordinator deserve their pay and some for that scene alone. The cinematography is breathing as well. Especially during the helicopter scene. Of course if you read the title of the film you know bombs or explosions are a big part of the film. This could have multiple meanings though that’s all I’ll say on that. The plutonium plays a major role in the film and those were some great scenes. The story is a bit convoluted with names like John Lark. You are confused by who this man is throughout the film but like everything else in Mission Impossible Fallout it’s resolved to your satisfaction. This film captures are minds because of the things going in the world. All of the terror activity makes what you see on the theater screen that much more realistic in nature. Christopher Mcquarrie has worked on the last two MI films. Rogue Nation being his last. He has an eye for action and suspense. When you hear that iconic MI theme music you know something crazy is about to happen. MI:Fallout is a relevant film for the times but, it also has a story and plenty of action and suspense to make it one of the best in the franchise. I could see these films as long as Tom Cruise wants to make them. This was an incredible action packed thrill ride from beginning to end. 4 ½ stars Dan Skip Allen