Tag Archives: Tom Cruise

Edge of Tomorrow review

Directed by Doug Liman, written by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, adapting Hiroshi Sakurazaka's novel All You Need Is Kill. Things I've learned about the source material for Edge of Tomorrow since I experienced—no, was assaulted by—the film last night at the Bayer's Lake IMAX: Author Sakurazaka named his female lead Rita, which is… 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

Oblivion review

Directed by Joseph KosinskiWritten by Kosinski, Karl Gajdusek, Michael Arndt, from a comic by Kosinski and Arvid NelsonToday I really miss Roger Ebert. I would have loved to have read what he thought of Oblivion. I know he enjoyed the work of Alex Proyas (Dark City, Knowing) for the expansive vision in his science fiction films.… Read More

Why TV Is (Often) Better Than Movies

It's Sunday evening, April 14, and I've just read the box office totals for this weekend. I generally don't care much about this stuff, the fascination with the money a movie has made in a weekend. It's become a marketing tool for the Hollywood factory, and one of the reasons so many movies are so… Read More

Jack Reacher review

Directed and written by Christopher McQuarrie, adapting the Lee Child book, One Shot.A sad coincidence, I suppose, that I'm writing about Jack Reacher today, and earlier I heard of the death of Michael Winner, a British director who was responsible for a number of thrillers and action movies of the 1970s, movies Jack Reacher is directly… Read More