IllinoisTimes - Cinemascoping http://illinoistimes.com/blogs.sec-141-1-cinemascoping.html Wed, 23 Jul 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 James Garner: An Appreciation http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14212-james-garner-an-appreciation.html James Garner: An Appreciation
Movie stars aren’t like you and I. That’s not to say they’re better than us morally and some, believe it or not, are quite normal looking once their make up is taken away and normal lighting is...]]>
“Anarchy” has its Finger on the Pulse of an Angry Nation http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14208-%25E2%2580%259Canarchy%25E2%2580%259D-has-its-finger-on-the-pulse-of-an-angry-nation.html “Anarchy” has its Finger on the Pulse of an Angry Nation
There’s a sense of justified rage that propels The Purge: Anarchy, a film that simultaneously serves as a cathartic exercise for its audience as well as a screed against the current state of socie...]]>
Visually Arresting “Dawn” Overstays its Welcome http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14181-visually-arresting-%25E2%2580%259Cdawn%25E2%2580%259D-overstays-its-welcome.html Visually Arresting “Dawn” Overstays its Welcome
 One of the more successful franchise reboots, 2012’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes proved that there was a bit of life left in 40-plus year-old series.  20th Century-Fox knows you can...]]>
Up-and-Coming Performers add Human Touch to “Transformers 4” http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14140-up-and-coming-performers-add-human-touch-to-%25E2%2580%259Ctransformers-4%25E2%2580%259D.html Up-and-Coming Performers add Human Touch to “Transformers 4”
Upon meeting Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz you can tell that these two young performers are well aware that they’re lucky to be in the position they’re in.  While both these actors only hav...]]>
McCarthy’s Act Wears Thin in “Tammy” http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14141-mccarthy%25E2%2580%2599s-act-wears-thin-in-%25E2%2580%259Ctammy%25E2%2580%259D.html McCarthy’s Act Wears Thin in “Tammy”
Not sure if I am the only one but I’ve gotten tired of Melissa McCarthy’s shtick already.  Though having toiled in film and on television for over the better part of a decade, it seems as ...]]>
Familiarity the Demon “Evil” Can’t Exorcise http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14154-familiarity-the-demon-%25E2%2580%259Cevil%25E2%2580%259D-can%25E2%2580%2599t-exorcise.html Familiarity the Demon “Evil” Can’t Exorcise
The press notes and movie poster for Deliver us from Evil claim the film is “inspired by the actual accounts of a NYPD sergeant.” This is a good piece of information to have because if I didn’t...]]>
Eastwood Takes a Fresh Approach with “Jersey Boys” http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14101-eastwood-takes-a-fresh-approach-with-%25E2%2580%259Cjersey-boys%25E2%2580%259D.html Eastwood Takes a Fresh Approach with “Jersey Boys”
One would think that with over 30 films under his belt as a director that Clint Eastwood would be out of tricks.  And yet, with his big screen adaptation of the Broadway smash Jersey Boys, he n...]]>
“Fault” Avoids Most of its Genre’s Pitfalls http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14059-%25E2%2580%259Cfault%25E2%2580%259D-avoids-most-of-its-genre%25E2%2580%2599s-pitfalls.html “Fault” Avoids Most of its Genre’s Pitfalls
Director Josh Boone had his work cut out for him with having to bring The Fault on Our Stars to the big screen.  Not only did he have a rabid fan base to answer to, but had to navigate the many...]]>
"Maleficent" An Unnecessary Take on an Old Tale http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14046-maleficent-an-unnecessary-take-on-an-old-tale.html "Maleficent" An Unnecessary Take on an Old Tale
Some things are better left alone.  Sometimes, those who wear white hats shouldn’t have them tarnished while those who don the black version shouldn’t have them lightened.  Obviously, ...]]>
MacFarlane Shoots a Million Blanks in "Die" http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14016-macfarlane-shoots-a-million-blanks-in-die.html MacFarlane Shoots a Million Blanks in "Die"
In my mind, I’ve always thought of Seth MacFarlane as the Emperor with New Clothes of comedians.  While millions have embraced his Family Guy television show and hailed him as a comic genius,...]]>
“Chef” Undone by Favreau’s Ego http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14017-%25E2%2580%259Cchef%25E2%2580%259D-undone-by-favreau%25E2%2580%2599s-ego.html “Chef” Undone by Favreau’s Ego
 There’s nothing wrong with Jon Favreau’s Chef that an objective set of eyes and a judicious editor couldn’t fix.  Far too long as well as self-indulgent, this movie is obviously a p...]]>
Soul at the Center of Labyrinthine Days of Future Past http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13986-soul-at-the-center-of-labyrinthine-days-of-future-past.html Soul at the Center of Labyrinthine Days of Future Past
In the Marvel Comics Universe, the X-Men books were always the ones with a social conscience, focusing on issues of alienation and bigotry in whatever forms they may have taken during different phas...]]>
Clever Script, Dynamic Effects Resurrect “Godzilla” http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13949-clever-script-dynamic-effects-resurrect-%25E2%2580%259Cgodzilla%25E2%2580%259D.html Clever Script, Dynamic Effects Resurrect “Godzilla”
Just as Christopher Walken famously asked for “more cowbell” on Saturday Night Live, you may find yourself asking for “more Godzilla” while sitting through Gareth Edwards’ reboot of Japan�...]]>
Hit and Miss http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13906-hit-and-miss.html Hit and Miss
 There’s an “almost, not quite” quality to Nicholas Stoller’s Neighbors, a ribald comedy that is at times uproariously effective but at others frustratingly tame. ...]]>