Thursday, July 20, 2017

Theory Thursday: "Lucy" (2014) is Underrated

Scene from Lucy
Welcome to a weekly column called Theory Thursdays, which will be released every Thursday and discuss my "controversial opinion" related to something relative to the week of release. Sometimes it will be birthdays while others is current events or a new film release. Whatever the case may be, this is a personal defense for why I disagree with the general opinion and hope to convince you of the same. While I don't expect you to be on my side, I do hope for a rational argument. After all, film is a subjective medium and this is merely just a theory that can be proven either way. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

New Interview With Assistant Cameraman Claims That Spielberg Directed "Poltergeist"

Scene from Poltergeist
It's a fact that everyone knows pretty well. In 1982, Steven Spielberg directed the Oscar-winning film E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial. It went on to become a giant success and one of the highest grossing movies period. However, there's another movie released just a week before that may or may not have been directed by Spielberg. Poltergeist is a movie listed as being directed by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Tobe Hooper, but it's long been held as a rumor that he didn't actually direct it. There's a new interview out with one of Poltergeist's assistant cameramen that suggests that there was a devious strategy to Hooper getting top billing and that Spielberg actually directed it. How much is true? The details follow after the jump.

Review: "War for the Planet of the Apes" Ends the Trilogy on a Satisfying Yet Predictable Note

Scene from War for the Planet of the Apes
In a time where spoiler culture is frowned upon, it becomes baffling that a franchise like Planet of the Apes is as popular as it is. After all, the reboot prequels that began in 2011 are building towards the back half of the title. In theory, there should be nothing exciting about seeing the birth of a planet of apes. However, director Matt Reeves has found a way to not only make it compelling, but use revolutionary technology to make gripping stories full of rich empathy and powerful allegories of the modern time. With the final piece of the new trilogy, War for the Planet of the Apes, he gets us to the final destination. Is it satisfying? In a sense, yes. However, it's more of the same from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (for better or worse) and it keeps the story from being more than a dark and sometimes too brooding parable of modern militarism and xenophobic ignorance. It's satisfying, but it's very much the third part of a trilogy at the same time.

R.I.P. Martin Landau (1928-2017)

Martin Landau
On July 15, 2017, actor Martin Landau died at the age of 89 in Los Angeles, California. He is an actor whose career spanned 60 years and featured great work both in film and TV. On the small screen, he received a Golden Globe for his performance in Mission: Impossible as Rollin Hand. On the big screen, his career was even more expansive and featured roles that varied from a supporting role in North by Northwest and Cleopatra to Oscar nominations for Crimes and Misdemeanors and Ed Wood (the latter of which he won for). No matter where he went, he brought a charisma that reflected his graceful acting style, of which he also taught in the Actors Studio (of which he was the head of the Hollywood branch until his passing). He left behind an impressive body of work, and one that is unmatched by anyone.