A Villainous Catastrophe

Suicide Squad (2016) D/W: David Ayer. DP: Roman Wasyanov. Starring: Will Smith/Margot Robbie/Viola Davis/Jared Leto/Cara Delevigne/Joel Kinnaman/Jai Courtney/Jay Hernandez/Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje/Scott Eastwood/Adam Beach. If you have not been bombarded by the marketing campaign that was the lead up to Suicide Squad I want a holiday to where you live. Psychedelic posters galore there were some smart moves…

Ancient Grudge Brings New Mutiny

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). D: Bryan Singer. DP: Newton Thomas Sigel. W: Simon Kinberg. Starring: James McAvoy/Michael Fassbender/Jennifer Lawrence/Oscar Isaac/Nicholas Hoult/Evan Peters/Rose Byrne/Sophie Turner/Tye Sheridan/Kodi Smit-McPhee/Lucas Till/Olivia Munn/Ben Hardy/Alexandra Shipp/Josh Helman. Where does one begin? X-Men: Apocalypse is the sixth installment in 20th Century Fox’s ownership of the Marvel comic book rights to the characters of…

A Studio’s Failed Recycling Project

Fantastic Four (2015). D: Josh Trank. DP: Matthew Jensen. W: Jeremy Slater, Simon Kinberg & Josh Trank (based on Marvel comics by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby). Starring: Miles Teller/Michael B. Jordan/Kate Mara/Jamie Bell/Toby Kebbell/Reg E. Cathy/Tim Blake Nelson. This summer’s comic book installments are ending on a rather low and controversial note. The release…

A Gentlemanly Disguise

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015). D: Matthew Vaughn. DP: George Richmond. W: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn. Starring: Colin Firth/Samuel L. Jackson/Mark Strong/Taron Egerton/Michael Caine/Sofia Boutella/Mark Hamill/Sophie Cookson/Jack Davenport. What if the only English spy wasn’t a famous Mr. Bond? The new film Kingsman: The Secret Service answers just that with its own brand of…