4 items from 2015
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
There’s a hilarious moment in the classic ‘80s comedy Planes, Trains & Automobiles when Steve Martin has finally had enough of John Candy’s inane anecdotes. “When you’re telling these little stories,” he instructs Candy, “here’s a good idea… have a point. It makes it so much more interesting for the listener!” If only the makers of the new spy actioner Kingsman: The Secret Service had taken that advice. Despite all of its self-satisfied smugness, Kingsman neglects to give us a coherent story, consistent tone, or anything worth caring about. It’s ironic that a film trying so hard to be inventive and outrageous ends up being such a derivative bore.
The plot for Kingsman is barely adequate to connect the gags and set pieces, »
- J.R. Kinnard
Although Winter’s in its deadly frozen final gasps, down at the ole’ multiplex it’s “spy time”. Not pining for kinky billionaires? Well, then the fine folks at Fox films have an arresting alternative. It’s not the gritty undercover antics of Jason Bourne or Tinker, Tailor’s men, although a member of the latter group stars here. Nor is it quite as grim as the latest entries in 007’s long franchise. Oddly, you might say this is both light and dark Bond. Its sense of humor almost verges on satire and parody, but it is a dark, almost black sense of humor. After all, this new flick is rated R and goes out of its way to earn that letter, almost wearing it as a badge of honor. So, let’s leave reality and seriousness out in the parking lot. Suit up and join those dangerous dapper dudes »
- Jim Batts
Vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney has cut together a 90-second video "exploring" Quentin Tarantino's use of sound throughout his career including just about everything you can imagine from beer pouring out of a tap to an adrenaline shot to the chest. His entire feature length oeuvre so far is included, which means Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. It almost plays out as if it's Tarantino by way of Edgar Wright, utilizing that similar quick editing Wright has parodied in his films, chiefly Hot Fuzz. Perhaps Tarantino would even respect it as such given the fact he sat with Wright for a commentary on that very film. vimeo id="118431867" width="500" »
- Brad Brevet
The Apple co-founder initially denied paternity of Lisa before acknowledging her as his daughter in her teens.
Lisa Jobs was not part of Walter Isaacson's book - on which the film is based - but was interviewed by Sorkin last year in preparation for the film.
Natalie Portman was previously reported to be in line for the role of Lisa Jobs. »
4 items from 2015
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