As a film fanatic in general, I’m usually open to checking out releases of any genre, but today’s cinematic landscape is so polluted to senseless remakes and sequels that it makes any whiff of originality even stronger by comparison. Very rarely do I come across a film that truly attempts to do something truly creative and, in many ways, innovative with its storytelling.
Worse still, these gems often go overlooked, under-appreciated and lacking in the recognition they deserve. This, I assume, is how films first began earning cult followings, as some releases are perhaps too ahead of their time and think too “outside the box” to capture the affection of the general movie-going public. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is one such film.
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Hardcore comic book fans and casual moviegoers alike need to know one thing about The Wolverine right from the outset: the film is a hell of a lot better than the cinematic travesty that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
That 2009 release – which told the story of how Logan (Hugh Jackman) lost his memory and gained an adamantium-laced skeleton (complete with six bitchin’ razor-sharp claws) – is renowned for being the nadir of the X-Men franchise, rivaled only by Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand. Unlike either of those films, The Wolverine manages to tell a cohesive, mostly satisfying tale that sees its lead character confront his emotional demons and emerge a more fully realized, better-developed and more beloved character because of it. In short, something Ratner could only dream of achieving onscreen. Continue reading Review: ‘The Wolverine’
What separates hardcore film aficionados from casual moviegoers, in my humble opinion, is the way they view the world of movies. Casual moviegoers are simply looking for a couple hours of escapist entertainment on a Friday night, but for film fanatics like myself, visiting the local theater is serious business.
Over the years, we develop and refine our tastes in film, ultimately discovering a bit of ourselves in the movies (and filmmakers) we feel most drawn to. In my case, 5 filmmakers in particular have played a significant role in helping me define my interest in film throughout the past decade. They’re my own personal “Usual Suspects” and perhaps the 5 men in film whose careers I follow with the most relish. Continue reading 5 Filmmakers I Will Follow Anywhere