Cruise, Smith and Pitt have all flopped this year, but when the cries about expensive overpaid stars no longer opening movies die down, the next wave of ‘bankable certs’ should arrive in two years time.
Oblivion, After Earth and the troubled World War Z are the latest high-concept movies to have mangled the scripts in favour of big action set-peices and dodgy dialogue.
Oblivion steals from every sci-fi flick in decades, After Irk, the Smith family project from M. Night Shyame-about-the-last-one makes no sense and WW-Zeeee departs so far from the lauded source material you wonder why they bothered.
With wobbly Star Drek: Into Loudness overtaken by wobblier, louder Man of Steel and then by overblown Korean toilet cleaner Pacific Rim as most deafening and least original blockbusters of the year, you also wonder if all those ‘smart’ studio execs are actually just a bunch of sheep throwing truckloads of cash at CGI effects houses just because that’s what everyone else is doing. Continue Reading
Second wrong question: What’s your favourite movie of all time?
Ask me today, ask me tomorrow. The answer will be different.
‘Best’ is about lists. It’s about rationalising and classifying and making our own certainties. The Renaissance and the Enlightenment made us obsessive-compulsive in our need to sift and sort and rank everything according to ‘objective’ quality criteria.
Fads, fashions, newness, nostalgia. Those are the four horsemen of the list-making apocalypse. Continue Reading
What’s the best movie ever made?
Are you asking me? How are we measuring ‘best’?
Movies are not an Olympic sport. There is no objective scorecard for content, artistic impression, or execution. Box office takings are no guide, otherwise Michael Bay would be in the top ten directors of all time. He isn’t.
Similarly, with apologies to Mr Cameron, Titanic is a terrible, cliche-ridden, rip-off of a movie (A Night to Remember, if you must know). Avatar is technically good, but think of it as Dances with Smurfs, or Smurf-a-hontas; the 1950’s Western script and that honking dialogue… Continue Reading
Lifted from our favourite movie review’s show, we present the Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode Cinemagoers Code of Conduct, the ten commandments for cinemagoers.
This should be essential reading for every filmgoer and a mandatory public notice pinned at the entrance to every screen. RC
Available as a hi-res PDF document and as a hi-res graphic poster. Continue Reading