It’s a general consensus among film fanatics that well-made action films are hard to come by nowadays. For every action film like The Raid 2 (which you can read my review for here), it seems like ten other ones come out that completely ruin credibility for the genre moving forward, movies like Alex Cross, A Good Day to Die Hard, and many more. Brick Mansions, however, was a film that seemed to be attempting to break that mold. Based on a 2004 French film, its incorporation of parkour as a fighting style looked to give the film an interesting angle that could potentially separate it from the generic and formulaic action film fans have come to expect.
The Boston Independent Film Festival kicks off tonight and runs through April 30th at famed movie theaters all over the Boston area, including the Brattle Theater, Coolidge Corner, and Somerville Theater. Luckily, the opening night selection for IFF Boston, Beneath the Harvest Sky, was released online last week, and it proves to be a film that is definitely worth checking out at the festival tonight and one worthy of its prestigious opening night position.
Transcendence opened this Easter weekend to unfortunate reactions. Despite its $100 million budget, Johnny Depp’s latest “blockbuster” only managed to scrounge up $11 million on its opening weekend. It debuted in 4th place at the box office, outsold by two sequels: surprise hit Captain America: Winter Soldier and the beloved children’s animated feature Rio 2, as well as, embarrassing to the Transcendence crew, Heaven Is Real, a sentimental religious film starring Greg Kinnear.
I walked into Transcendence with admittedly mild expectations. This is the directorial debut of Oscar-winning Inception DP Wally Pfister, and although he has prove time and time again in the past decade that he can frame a beautiful shot, I doubted his abilities to convey complex characters and meaningful themes, seeing as his partner-in-crime of the past, Christopher Nolan, tends to fall relatively flat in those crucial areas, and he’s the experienced director of the two.
From its ambitions attempt to collide two giant casts to the return of Bryan Signer, the director of the first two films in the franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past has easily been one of the most anticipated and eagerly awaited comic book films since fans were told it was coming a mere two years ago. The Internet has been berated with countless announcements, set photos, and first official looks that all led up to October when the first trailer finally arrived, exceeding many fans expectations, including my own. For one last push before its release on May 23rd, Sony has introduced two final trailers and, most intriguingly and tantalizingly, the first official clip, which was released this past Sunday during the MTV Movie Awards (watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCniB_aF7rA)
In Little Miss Sunshine, Greg Kinnear plays a father of two desperately trying to keep his family together with their failing finances, all while trying to be the “cool dad” he clearly isn’t. Kinnear plays it perfectly (and has done this in countless other movies). In the abysmally titled Heaven is for Real, he’s been cast as essentially the same character and plays it the same way. The only problem is that the movie plays everything like he really is the cool dad, making it hard to take things all that seriously. And that’s before the annoying kid shows up with visions of Jesus riding a horse and a heaven where no one wears glasses.
The Boston Independent Film Festival has been a can’t miss event for film lovers in the city since 2003, and it looks like 2014 will be no different. With films from the likes of Michael Winterbottom, Richard Linklater, Michel Gondry, Ti West, Richard Ayoade and more, the week long festival (April 23-30) is jam packed with great movie to see. Below, we highlight some entries we’re excited for and provide a rundown of all the festival’s offerings, from full length features to documentaries and shorts. Head on over to http://iffboston.org/ now to purchase complete festival passes or tickets to individual screenings, which will be held at theaters all over the Boston area, including the historic Brattle Theater, Coolidge Corner, and the Somerville Theater at Davis Square. Get the full festival preview here: