IllinoisTimes - Film - Chuck Koplinski http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-32-1-film-chuck-koplinski.html Sun, 21 Jan 18 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Modest approach topples Tower http://illinoistimes.com/article-18981-modest-approach-topples-tower.html Modest approach topples Tower
 Through sheer force of will, Idris Elba (“The Man Who Would Be Bond”) attempts to make Nikolaj Arcel’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower something of note. Needless to say, his...]]>
Scarce emotional connection bogs down Detroit http://illinoistimes.com/article-18951-scarce-emotional-connection-bogs-down-detroit.html Scarce emotional connection bogs down Detroit
 As she so adeptly proved in The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, director Kathryn Bigelow is a master at recreating urban warfare on screen, an ability she uses to great effect in her latest fi...]]>
Dazzling Valerian overstays its welcome http://illinoistimes.com/article-18927-dazzling-valerian-overstays-its-welcome.html Dazzling Valerian overstays its welcome
 “Less is more” is a notion director Luc Besson has no use for. His penchant for excess is front-and-center in his latest, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, an adaptation of a Fren...]]>
Impressive Dunkirk hampered by gimmick http://illinoistimes.com/article-18903-impressive-dunkirk-hampered-by-gimmick.html Impressive Dunkirk hampered by gimmick
 There’s no shortage of ambition on display where Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is concerned. In replicating the evacuation of 400,000 Allied troops from Northwestern France in the late spring...]]>
Deliberate pace nearly undoes Apes http://illinoistimes.com/article-18882-deliberate-pace-nearly-undoes-apes.html Deliberate pace nearly undoes Apes
 Without question, the special effects on display in the new series of the Planet of the Apes films are phenomenal. Using the latest in digital technology coupled with motion-capture performances...]]>