'The Kings of Summer' director and 'Thor' actor set for 2016's 'Skull Island'
Tusk is ultimately little more than a gimmick touched with Kevin Smith’s brand
If all the world’s stage, then surely some players crave the spotlight more than others. And if ever there was a player, it was Errol Flynn. The Last of Robin Hood tells the twisted story of three people who will do almost anything for fame. That each must settle for infamy is one of the juicy, yet unexplored ironies in a movie that doesn’t know which story it wants to tell. By taking an evenhanded and humanistic approach to such salacious subject matter, the filmmakers have effectively squashed any possibility for tawdry fun. Instead, we get a bone-dry historical drama that skimps on the history and bypasses the drama entirely.
It can be infinitely frustrating when the simplest of things causes irreparable damage to friendships, leaving people who once cherished each other at odds. One such weapon of destruction is a rumour. People’s gullibility and frequent desire to talk about surprising, provocative information with others means that rumours are extremely difficult to contain. Once let out, be it accidentally or intentionally, the repercussions can be incalculable based on the nature of the content and its effect on the targeted individual or group. It can spread like wildfire, therefore making attempts at picking up the pieces all the more difficult, a challenge the ill-equipped protagonist is faced with in the South Korean drama Steel Cold Winter.
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team – a motley crew of mercenaries and mutants who are the galaxy’s last hope.Here to help us review the action-packed, epic space adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy, is Sound On Sight lead critic, J.R. Kinnard.
When a filmmaker perfectly aligns the technical and the artistic, we’re reminded of the transformative power of cinema. Lost amid the genre clichés and computer-generated extravaganzas lies an expansive battlefield called ‘the human condition’, where moments of great power co-mingle with insignificant monotony to shape our lives. Boyhooddepicts these moments with startling honesty and grace, bereft of casual judgment or detached irony. It is a meditation on everything and nothing; an acknowledgement that despite the pain and confusion, we’re going to be okay. Because, really, what other choice do we have?
The Tribeca Film Festival, which was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff, in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center – has continued to grow and impress each year with their incredible line-up. Sound On Sight has had the privilege to cover the fest for five years now, and so I asked our writers who attended this year, to list their favourite film. Considering the abundance of riches, this was no easy task. In other words, take note of these films, and put them on your list of essential viewing.
CHRISTINE is the FrightFest Originals debut of London-based artist Dan Mumford,
The Wonder Years is a series built on and steeped in nostalgia: the first images we see and sounds we hear of the series are news footage of events from 1968, set to the The Byrds’ “Turn, Turn, Turn”. But The Wonder Years takes the idea of nostalgia even further: it’s not just a love letter to the Sixties in the suburbs, it is a look back at the trials and tribulations of adolescence, of the singular yet universal experience of being a child perched on the edge of adulthood. Thus, it is a show that appeals to more than just aging Boomers or Gen Xers who may have come of age at or around the same time as Kevin Arnold, the series’ main character – whatever decade it may have taken place, the journey Kevin goes on over the course of the series is a journey of universal touchstones.
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