IllinoisTimes - Film - Chuck Koplinski http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-32-1-film-chuck-koplinski.html Wed, 16 Apr 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Cap 2: Sober reflection http://illinoistimes.com/article-13719-cap-2-sober-reflection.html Cap 2: Sober reflection
 While it could be argued that Captain America is the least “super” of the superheroes in the Marvel Comics universe, there’s no question he carries the most symbolic weight. The character,...]]>
Conflicted Noah visually spectacular, narratively muddled http://illinoistimes.com/article-13720-conflicted-noah-visually-spectacular-narratively-muddled.html Conflicted Noah visually spectacular, narratively muddled
 Hardly worrying about catering to the critical eye of theologians or the concerns of the bean counters at Paramount Pictures, director Darren Aronofsky has succeeded in creating a singular visio...]]>
Anderson in fine form - The Grand Budapest Hotel most visually ornate http://illinoistimes.com/article-13689-anderson-in-fine-form.html Anderson in fine form - The Grand Budapest Hotel most visually ornate
 It’s tempting to say that if you’ve seen one Wes Anderson film, you’ve seen them all, an ironic comment that I can’t help but think the director would appreciate. Each and every one of h...]]>
Woodley shines in familiar Divergent http://illinoistimes.com/article-13656-woodley-shines-in-familiar-divergent.html Woodley shines in familiar Divergent
 Better than Twilight but not quite as good as The Hunger Games, Neil Burger’s Divergent is the latest foray into the arena of ’tween lit adaptations that’s seen far more wannabe franchises...]]>
Rises a fitting swan song for Miyazaki http://illinoistimes.com/article-13657-rises-a-fitting-swan-song-for-miyazaki.html Rises a fitting swan song for Miyazaki
 Reportedly the final film from Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki (he’s announced his retirement many times before), The Wind Rises proves to be a fitting film to go out on. It is the most groun...]]>
Mars movie for fans only http://illinoistimes.com/article-13658-mars-movie-for-fans-only.html Mars movie for fans only
 The release of Veronica Mars, the big screen continuation of the cult television show, will be remembered for being a watershed moment in the history of film distribution. Financed by fans throu...]]>
A rousing Rise of an Empire http://illinoistimes.com/article-13639-a-rousing-rise-of-an-empire.html A rousing Rise of an Empire
 I was one of the few who wasn’t completely taken in by Zack Snyder’s 300. While the aesthetic he employed – digital backgrounds, bleeding colors and darkly accented characters that suggest...]]>
Grounded Speed outdistances Furious http://illinoistimes.com/article-13610-grounded-speed-outdistances-furious.html Grounded Speed outdistances Furious
 Do we need another movie built around fast cars and reckless drivers? Or for that matter, one based on a video game? For me, the answer is a resounding “no” to both questions and that being...]]>
Wit and wisdom makes for memorable Peabody and Sherman http://illinoistimes.com/article-13611-wit-and-wisdom-makes-for-memorable-peabody-and-sherman.html Wit and wisdom makes for memorable Peabody and Sherman
 It was only a matter of time before Jay Ward’s beloved characters Mr. Peabody and Sherman would make it to the big screen. Having kicked around Hollywood for a while, certainly not helped by t...]]>
Straightforward God an effective Christ-tale http://illinoistimes.com/article-13612-straightforward-god-an-effective-christ-tale.html Straightforward God an effective Christ-tale
 Recognizing that a golden opportunity had fallen in their laps when their The Bible miniseries scored huge ratings on The History Channel, producers Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey wisely ...]]>
Non-Stop flaws http://illinoistimes.com/article-13557-non-stop-flaws.html Non-Stop flaws
 Liam Neeson continues to save the day in Jaume Collet-Serra’s Non-Stop, a claustrophobic thriller that, if nothing else, lives up to its title. Never before has a film been so stagnant in sett...]]>
Costner saves 3 Days to Kill http://illinoistimes.com/article-13530-costner-saves-3-days-to-kill.html Costner saves 3 Days to Kill
 McG’s 3 Days to Kill is the sort of film that’s hard to defend. Yet, I couldn’t help but be entertained by its odd pastiche of elements and dark sense of humor, both of which helped add a...]]>
Not your father’s RoboCop http://illinoistimes.com/article-13523-not-your-father%25E2%2580%2599s-robocop.html Not your father’s RoboCop
 When Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop burst onto screens in 1987 it caused a sensation, primarily because of its excessive violence but also because of its cutting edge special effects. It also played...]]>
Monuments Men missing momentum http://illinoistimes.com/article-13469-monuments-men-missing-momentum.html Monuments Men missing momentum
 George Clooney’s The Monuments Men has the sort of pedigree that Oscar winners are made of. What with an all-star cast, including former Academy Awards recipients Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, J...]]>
Lego joy http://illinoistimes.com/article-13448-lego-joy.html Lego joy
 With Hasbro having turned G.I. Joe and Transformers into successful franchises, I suppose it was only a matter of time before they built a feature around those little plastic blocks from Denmark...]]>
Reluctant spy refreshing in Recruit http://illinoistimes.com/article-13414-reluctant-spy-refreshing-in-recruit.html Reluctant spy refreshing in Recruit
 Paramount Pictures is eager to relaunch its Jack Ryan franchise – which has been dormant since 2002’s The Sum of All Fears – and they’ve gone about it in a curious way. Instead of portra...]]>
Noble, moving tribute http://illinoistimes.com/article-13402-noble-moving-tribute.html Noble, moving tribute
 Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor contains the most revelatory opening credits sequences I’ve seen in a long time. Composed of various documentary film clips, it quickly compresses the basic traini...]]>
Dysfunction at a gallop http://illinoistimes.com/article-13364-dysfunction-at-a-gallop.html Dysfunction at a gallop
 Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County is the sort of work that makes you take stock of yourself and your life. After seeing this story of a dysfunctional Oklahoma famil...]]>
A cautionary tale about our fading feelings http://illinoistimes.com/article-13337-a-cautionary-tale-about-our-fading-feelings.html A cautionary tale about our fading feelings
 Though Spike Jonze’s Her takes place during some undisclosed time in the near future, it couldn’t be more timely. And while its premise seems absurd on the surface – a man falls in love wi...]]>
Payne and Dern find modest nobility in Nebraska http://illinoistimes.com/article-13308-payne-and-dern-find-modest-nobility-in-nebraska.html Payne and Dern find modest nobility in Nebraska
 Director Alexander Payne knows that it’s hard to find fulfillment in what Hollywood pejoratively refers to as the “flyover states” – that vast part of the country that stretches from eas...]]>
Mitty a magical tribute to the possible http://illinoistimes.com/article-13291-mitty-a-magical-tribute-to-the-possible.html Mitty a magical tribute to the possible
 While I would hardly call it cutting edge cinema, Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a rather risky proposition in this day and age. As the poet, philosopher and sports agent Jer...]]>
Four new holiday films http://illinoistimes.com/article-9441-four-new-holiday-films.html Four new holiday films
Ghost Protocol pulls off the impossible Like Fast Five, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol shows that not all action film franchises have to go quiet into that good night. Inventive, thrilling and sma...]]>
Four new holiday films http://illinoistimes.com/article-10825-four-new-holiday-films.html Four new holiday films
Epic vision of The Hobbit hobbled by tepid paceDirector Peter Jackson returns to take care of unfinished business with his adaptation of The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien’s prequel to the filmmaker&rsq...]]>
Coogan seeks professional redemption with Philomena http://illinoistimes.com/article-13240-coogan-seeks-professional-redemption-with-philomena.html Coogan seeks professional redemption with Philomena
 Like most performers who are labeled as “comics,” Steve Coogan eventually grew tired of being pigeonholed and longed to prove that he could do more than make people laugh. He got the opportu...]]>
Bale and Harrelson formidable duo in Furnace http://illinoistimes.com/article-13209-bale-and-harrelson-formidable-duo-in-furnace.html Bale and Harrelson formidable duo in Furnace
 While writing his follow-up to 2009’s Crazy Heart, director Scott Cooper had Christian Bale in mind for the lead role in what was to become Out of the Furnace. He even went so far as delaying...]]>
Spike Lee delivers twisted noir with Oldboy http://illinoistimes.com/article-13210-spike-lee-delivers-twisted-noir-with-oldboy.html Spike Lee delivers twisted noir with Oldboy
 While directors M. Night Shyamalan (Remember him? The Sixth Sense ring a bell?) and Spike Lee have both had to abandon their independent ways and have essentially become filmmakers for hire, at...]]>
Homefront runs on autopilot http://illinoistimes.com/article-13211-homefront-runs-on-autopilot.html Homefront runs on autopilot
 It’s never good when your mind starts wandering while watching a movie. To be sure, it is the rare film that keeps you in rapt attention from start to finish, but when you begin thinking about...]]>
Philomena engrossing http://illinoistimes.com/article-13177-philomena-engrossing.html Philomena engrossing
When Philomena Lee became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1951, she had very few options. Out of shame, her parents sent her to a convent in Roscrea where she worked as an indentured laundry lady...]]>
Frozen upholds strong Disney tradition http://illinoistimes.com/article-13178-frozen-upholds-strong-disney-tradition.html Frozen upholds strong Disney tradition
 In 1989, after suffering an unusually long draught where successful animated features were concerned, Disney Studios released The Little Mermaid, a blockbuster musical cartoon based on a Hans Ch...]]>
The Book Thief nearly undone by trite approach http://illinoistimes.com/article-13179-the-book-thief-nearly-undone-by-trite-approach.html The Book Thief nearly undone by trite approach
 If good intentions translated into quality filmmaking Brian Percival’s The Book Thief would be among the greatest movies ever made. But alas, purpose of this sort does not translate into quali...]]>