Tag Archives: Scarlett Johansson

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One review

This summer Phase Two of Marvel's cinematic universe will conclude with Avengers: Age of Ultron and Antman. It's the second part of an increasingly sprawling series of connected films. The first began back in May 2008 with Iron Man, bringing to the world a host of Marvel superheroes as a kid I never would have dreamed I'd get to… Read More

Lucy review

Written and directed by Luc Besson I don't think I've ever used the word "gawp" in one of my reviews, but here we go: I couldn't help but repeatedly gawp at the screen while watching Lucy. Early on, French director Luc Besson feels it necessary to splice a stock footage of a mouse approaching a… Read More

Chef review

Written and directed by Jon Favreau It's tempting to analogize the story of Chef with Favreau's career as an actor and director. Favreau came to prominence as the writer and star of the late-90s indie Swingers, with his buddy Vince Vaughn (they paired again in Made),  which he parlayed into acting and directing gigs. He… Read More

More thoughts on Under The Skin

I'm going to guess all you keeners out there who are into quality science fiction and fantasy will have sought out your local cinema showing Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin.  And I figure since it's opened in Halifax, it's pretty much playing everywhere. Here are a few of my random musings/observations on the film since… Read More

Under The Skin review

Directed by Jonathan Glazer, written by Glazer and Walter Campbell, from a novel by Michel Faber. Imagine Scarlett Johansson dropped in the middle of busy Glasgow, Scotland. She's known all over the world for her role in those Marvel Studios superhero movies, so she has an unlikely, de-glammed brunette coiffure to provide just a dash… Read More

Blockbuster Blues 2014: The Good and The Grim Prospects for This Season at The Movies

This summer's blockbuster selection looks pretty dire, I gotta say. In April we had Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Transcendence. This month we've got The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past. These are big-budget science fiction and fantasy films, highly anticipated, which make all in the Nerd Nation very happy—and me too. But the first three are… Read More

Captain America: The Winter Soldier review

For once, the marketing language about "the studio that brought you" is actually appropriate. Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo Written by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, based on comics by Ed Brubaker, Joe Simon, and Jack Kirby Been really looking forward to this, the ninth superhero movie in Marvel's current world-dominating series—one Hulk, three… Read More

Her movie review

Written and directed by Spike JonzeSpike Jonze's astonishing Her does three things exceptionally well. 1) It's a smart science fiction film, providing a credible look at a near future where computers go beyond where they are now—our close and constant companions—to something else, something new. 2) Through an intimate look at two leading characters, it's no… Read More

Don Jon review

Written and directed by Joseph Gordon-LevittFull marks to a first time feature filmmaker who writes and stars. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, already a performer with cred in blockbuster (The Dark Knight Rises, Looper) and indie ((500) Days of Summer) films, now can count director among his abilities. And he starts smart, with this fairly modest character study.… Read More

The Avengers review

Directed by Joss Whedon Written by Whedon and Zak Penn From the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby I'm at a bit of a loss to describe the scale of this thing, this Avengers movie. It's been in the works for some time, going back to Iron Man and Hulk in 2008.… Read More