IllinoisTimes - Film - Chuck Koplinski http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-32-1-film-chuck-koplinski.html Tue, 24 Apr 18 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 I Feel Pretty’s execution fails its message http://illinoistimes.com/article-19901-i-feel-pretty%25E2%2580%2599s-execution-fails-its-message.html I Feel Pretty’s execution fails its message
 The intention behind Abby Kohn’s and Marc Silverstein’s I Feel Pretty can’t be faulted. The film couldn’t be timelier, as it is a broadside against media representations of unrealistic p...]]>
Anderson creates wondrous Isle http://illinoistimes.com/article-19889-anderson-creates-wondrous-isle.html Anderson creates wondrous Isle
 Anyone who’s ever owned a dog has probably thought at one time or another, “I wonder what he’s thinking? What would he say if he could talk?” As for our beagle, Gracie, I’m quite sure...]]>
Quiet Place’s lack of logic is its undoing http://illinoistimes.com/article-19849-quiet-place%25E2%2580%2599s-lack-of-logic-is-its-undoing.html Quiet Place’s lack of logic is its undoing
 John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place has been impressing audiences at the festivals it has shown at, and now it has the burden of living up to the resulting hype. As with most situations of this sor...]]>
Spielberg’s Ready Player One: Pop Culture 101 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19826-spielberg%25E2%2580%2599s-ready-player-one-pop-culture-101.html Spielberg’s Ready Player One: Pop Culture 101
Some things fit like a hand in a glove, and Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One is certainly a “peanut butter meets jelly” kind of moment. Taking place in, o...]]>
Vikander deserves better Raider http://illinoistimes.com/article-19803-vikander-deserves-better-raider.html Vikander deserves better Raider
 “Almost, not quite,” sums up Roar Uthaug’s Tomb Raider, another reboot of a long-dormant property that does its best to rekindle the initial fervor surrounding Lara Croft, the video game c...]]>
Wrinkle fine but fails to soar http://illinoistimes.com/article-19788-wrinkle-fine-but-fails-to-soar.html Wrinkle fine but fails to soar
 Though it’s now regarded as a seminal work in the science fiction and young adult genres, Madeleine L’Engle had a difficult time getting A Wrinkle in Time published. It was rejected 26 times...]]>
Death Wish breaks no new ground http://illinoistimes.com/article-19752-death-wish-breaks-no-new-ground.html Death Wish breaks no new ground
 Depending on which side of the gun control debate you’re on, Eli Roth’s remake of Death Wish couldn’t have come at a better or worse time. Fresh on the heels of the Parkland, Florida, scho...]]>
Bateman and McAdams make Game Night fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-19729-bateman-and-mcadams-make-game-night-fun.html Bateman and McAdams make Game Night fun
 I don’t think that great comedy teams are consciously made; they’re stumbled upon. Case in point, take a look at Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams in John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein...]]>
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...]]>