IllinoisTimes - Film - Chuck Koplinski http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-32-1-film-chuck-koplinski.html Fri, 23 Feb 18 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Aardman’s Early Man flat, unispired http://illinoistimes.com/article-19708-aardman%25E2%2580%2599s-early-man-flat-unispired.html Aardman’s Early Man flat, unispired
 What with computer animation dominating the genre over the past two decades, it’s a bit refreshing to see Aardman Animation still using the charmingly crude claymation that is their stock-in-t...]]>
Panther successfully claws its way on screen http://illinoistimes.com/article-19684-panther-successfully-claws-its-way-on-screen.html Panther successfully claws its way on screen
 Much has already been written about what a game changer Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther is – not simply where superhero movies are concerned, but Hollywood films in general. A celebration of Af...]]>
Truth more intriguing than Winchester’s fiction http://illinoistimes.com/article-19659-truth-more-intriguing-than-winchester%25E2%2580%2599s-fiction.html Truth more intriguing than Winchester’s fiction
 The story of Sarah Winchester and her family fortune is a fascinating one. Upon the death of her husband, William Wirt Winchester, she inherited $20 million (more than half a billion in 2018 dol...]]>
Paddington 2: A balm for our troubled times http://illinoistimes.com/article-19645-paddington-2-a-balm-for-our-troubled-times.html Paddington 2: A balm for our troubled times
 From where I sit, nothing much makes any sense in the world anymore. I understand that I am getting older and find myself committing the sin of doing and thinking all of those things that I said...]]>
Hostiles a wasted opportunity http://illinoistimes.com/article-19615-hostiles-a-wasted-opportunity.html Hostiles a wasted opportunity
 There’s much to like about Scott Cooper’s Hostiles, making it all the more frustrating that it winds up being an incomplete picture. Sporting a $40 million budget and location shooting in Co...]]>
Thread unravels in the end http://illinoistimes.com/article-19586-thread-unravels-in-the-end.html Thread unravels in the end
As we all know, expectations are a double-edged sword. While they may inspire us so that we may exceed them, at times they can be so great they simply can’t be overcome. The best example I can think...]]>
The Post a timely tale of power of the press http://illinoistimes.com/article-19566-the-post-a-timely-tale-of-power-of-the-press.html The Post a timely tale of power of the press
 The timing couldn’t be better for the release of Steven Spielberg’s The Post, and the director is well-aware of its importance. The script by first-time screenwriter Liz Hannah crossed the f...]]>
Movies 2017: A very good year http://illinoistimes.com/article-19536-movies-2017-a-very-good-year.html Movies 2017: A very good year
 While I wouldn’t call 2017 a great year at the movies (that distinction goes to 1939 or 1968), it was a very, very, very good year, one of surprises, diversity and a sense of steadiness, as th...]]>
The 10 best film scenes of 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19537-the-10-best-film-scenes-of-2017.html The 10 best film scenes of 2017
 Movies are about moments – big moments that erase our cynicism about cinema and remind us of its capacity to dazzle as well as touch us. This happens in a way only possible with a medium that...]]>
Del Toro’s Water an instant classic http://illinoistimes.com/article-19539-del-toro%25E2%2580%2599s-water-an-instant-classic.html Del Toro’s Water an instant classic
On paper, it sounds ridiculous. Then again, most parables do, and Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is just that: a poignant, powerful fairy tale for our times that speaks to universal concern...]]>
Downsizing a bit sloppy, but on point http://illinoistimes.com/article-19524-downsizing-a-bit-sloppy-but-on-point.html Downsizing a bit sloppy, but on point
 I have a feeling that many viewers will find the premise in Alexander Payne’s Downsizing rather appealing. As written by director and screenwriter Jim Taylor, it posits a future in which peopl...]]>
Chuck and Churchill - Illinois Times film critic Chuck Koplinski interviews Gary Oldman, star of The Darkest Hour http://illinoistimes.com/article-19489-chuck-and-churchill.html Chuck and Churchill - Illinois Times film critic Chuck Koplinski interviews Gary Oldman, star of The Darkest Hour
 With his many larger-than-life roles, it’s a bit disconcerting to discover that Gary Oldman’s presence is far from domineering.  Soft-spoken and standing a trim 5 feet 8 inches, his per...]]>
Oldman shines in compelling Hour http://illinoistimes.com/article-19490-oldman-shines-in-compelling-hour.html Oldman shines in compelling Hour
 One of the mistakes that can occur when looking at the past is that we tend to see things more positively than they actually were. The inclination to buy into the notion of “the good old days�...]]>
Familiarity, pace trips up Jedi http://illinoistimes.com/article-19453-familiarity-pace-trips-up-jedi.html Familiarity, pace trips up Jedi
 One of the things I feared would happen when Disney acquired the rights to the Star Wars universe and announced an ambitious slate of movies that would take us to that galaxy far, far away on an...]]>
Franco’s Disaster a tribute to the artist in us all http://illinoistimes.com/article-19426-franco%25E2%2580%2599s-disaster-a-tribute-to-the-artist-in-us-all.html Franco’s Disaster a tribute to the artist in us all
 There’s no question that Tommy Wiseau is a passionate “artist.” It’s not everyone who can say they financed, wrote, directed and starred in their own $6 million movie. There’s also no...]]>
Ronan, Gerwig soar with Lady Bird http://illinoistimes.com/article-19404-ronan-gerwig-soar-with-lady-bird.html Ronan, Gerwig soar with Lady Bird
 Tell me if you’ve heard this one – a teenage girl, feeling lost and misunderstood, goes to a new high school where her feelings of isolation are assuaged a bit when she meets and becomes fri...]]>
Even Washington can’t save Israel http://illinoistimes.com/article-19389-even-washington-can%25E2%2580%2599t-save-israel.html Even Washington can’t save Israel
 After seeing Dan Gilroy’s Roman J. Israel, Esq., I was left with the feeling I hate most when a movie is done – that of frustration. Featuring one of Denzel Washington’s finest performance...]]>
Justice League: A ‘one step forward, two steps back’ affair http://illinoistimes.com/article-19351-justice-league-a-%25E2%2580%2598one-step-forward-two-steps-back%25E2%2580%2599-affair.html Justice League: A ‘one step forward, two steps back’ affair
 It seems as though every time DC Comics releases a movie based on their heroes, they only end up making their counterpart, Marvel Films, look that much smarter. Such is the case with their lates...]]>
Avoid the mess that is Suburbicon http://illinoistimes.com/article-19333-avoid-the-mess-that-is-suburbicon.html Avoid the mess that is Suburbicon
 I have come to realize what many of my friends and relatives have known for years – I’m not the smartest guy in the world. Over the course of my lifetime, more than a few truly stupid things...]]>
Humor over heroics dooms bloated Ragnarok http://illinoistimes.com/article-19309-humor-over-heroics-dooms-bloated-ragnarok.html Humor over heroics dooms bloated Ragnarok
 Where the Marvel Comics movie universe is concerned, the Thor films have always been treated like the redheaded stepchild. Fans seem to tolerate them as a necessary evil needed to move the overa...]]>
Brave an unexpectedly powerful testament to heroism http://illinoistimes.com/article-19256-brave-an-unexpectedly-powerful-testament-to-heroism.html Brave an unexpectedly powerful testament to heroism
 On June 28, 2013, a lightning strike occurred outside Yarnell, Arizona. Unfortunately, conditions were perfect for the fire to spread rapidly, which it did, threatening the town nearby. Highways...]]>
Battle only provides part of the story http://illinoistimes.com/article-19246-battle-only-provides-part-of-the-story.html Battle only provides part of the story
 The title of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ film Battle of the Sexes refers to far more than the tennis match at its core. Yes, it’s a fascinating, behind-the-scenes account of the grudg...]]>
Blade Runner 2049 a worthy continuation http://illinoistimes.com/article-19209-blade-runner-2049-a-worthy-continuation.html Blade Runner 2049 a worthy continuation
 Going where many filmmakers would fear to tread, director Denis Villeneuve has ventured into dangerous territory by making a sequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner with Blade Runner 2049, a lav...]]>
Circle entertains despite length http://illinoistimes.com/article-19180-circle-entertains-despite-length.html Circle entertains despite length
 There’s a lot to like about Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Matthew Vaughn’s follow-up to his surprise hit from three years ago. There’s almost as much not to like as well. Actually, there’...]]>
Challenging Mother! a dark parable for our times http://illinoistimes.com/article-19171-challenging-mother_-a-dark-parable-for-our-times.html Challenging Mother! a dark parable for our times
 I remember that during one of my father’s melancholy moments, of which there were many, he expressed a theory he had where God and human beings were concerned. He felt as though Earth and all ...]]>
Uneven It still effective, unnerving http://illinoistimes.com/article-19125-uneven-it-still-effective-unnerving.html Uneven It still effective, unnerving
 Having gone through multiple directors and various screenwriters, Stephen King’s It has finally made it to the big screen, an event that’s been a long time coming for those disappointed with...]]>
Lack of focus prevents Tulip from blooming http://illinoistimes.com/article-19106-lack-of-focus-prevents-tulip-from-blooming.html Lack of focus prevents Tulip from blooming
 Like a piece of fresh meat on a kitchen counter, films tend to not get any better the longer they sit. After being completed more than three years ago and delayed for release three times, Justin...]]>
Cast saves Cake$ http://illinoistimes.com/article-19068-cast-saves-cake%2524.html Cast saves Cake$
 Patricia Dowbrowski (Danielle MacDonald) knows there’s more to life than just working odd jobs in New Jersey and cleaning up after her alcoholic mother. She sees the high life in the rap video...]]>
Lapses in logic doom Good Time http://illinoistimes.com/article-19040-lapses-in-logic-doom-good-time.html Lapses in logic doom Good Time
 Critics and fans alike have been heaping praise upon Josh and Benny Safdie’s Good Time since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. It’s easy to see why, as this is a �...]]>
Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky one of year’s best http://illinoistimes.com/article-19021-soderbergh%25E2%2580%2599s-logan-lucky-one-of-year%25E2%2580%2599s-best.html Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky one of year’s best
 It would be easy to dismiss Stephen Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky as a countrified Ocean’s Eleven. It does revolve around a heist; it does involve a ragtag group of misfits; it does contain its f...]]>