By all accounts, the film to claim the summer of 2013 should have been anything but a Syfy channel original movie. Yet what happened was just that.
Living in the moment is great, when you’ve gotten somewhere in life. When you’re a senior in high school who hasn’t accomplished much of anything, let alone get into a college, living in the “now” is a problem. This problem is the subject of The Spectacular Now, a pretty good adaptation of a novel that’s received a number of accolades.
[rating=3]Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Morris Chestnut
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Writer: Jeff Wadlow
The first film based off a work by Mark Millar was Wanted, which was a horrible butchering that turned a unique comic into a generic action movie. But Kick-Ass got it right, with a proceeding that was anything but generic. Luckily Kick-Ass 2, despite a change in directors and studios, keeps up the same manic blend of humor and violence.
Combining a compelling story with an ethereal resemblance to the historical presentation in Forrest Gump, Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels has come up with a superior film that has his name in front of it on the marquee. Lee Daniels’ The Butler wasn’t given that title due to his tremendous achievement, or from any egotistical notions. The name change from “The Butler” was mandated by rules involving movie titles.
[rating=3]Starring: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Vanessa Hudgens, Radha Mitchell, Dean Norris, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Kevin Dunn and Kurt Fuller
Writer(s): Scott Walker
Director(s): Scott Walker
Scott Walker’s feature film debut as writer and director is The Frozen Ground, based on the true story of Robert Hansen, probably the worst serial killer in the history of Alaska. Movies in this genre are very easy to get engrossed in, and this is no exception. It is an auspicious beginning for a clearly talented writer/director.
“Bobby” (Denzel Washington) takes “Stig” (Mark Wahlberg) with him across the border into Mexico, for a meeting with the leader of a drug cartel that Bobby had made a deal with. Bobby would give “Papi Greco” (Edward James Olmos) some fake passports that would not be detected and in return he would get $100,000 worth of cocaine. But for some reason, Papi Greco gives him the cash and refuses to exchange it for cocaine.
In June of 1972 pornographic movies in the United States changed forever. The 61 minute long Deep Throat, starring Linda Lovelace and Harry Reems became an instant hit. It would run in some theaters for many years afterward. Lovelace is a bio-pic about the star of Deep Throat and her relationship with the man who took her from innocent girl to become the Queen of Porno.
[rating=3]Starring: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyoki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee, Haruhiko Yamanouchi, Will Yun Lee, Ken Yamamura and Famke Janssen
Writer(s): Mark Bomback and Scott Frank (Christopher McQuarrie worked on the script but was not given a credit), from material by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller
Director(s): James Mangold
For the sixth (and certainly not last) time, Hugh Jackman has donned the twin sets of adamantium “claws” of “Wolverine”, aka “Logan” although he was born James Howlett. The Wolverine takes place following the events of the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand. Logan is living alone near a remote town in the Yukon. He comes to town to take care of something and encounters “Yukio” (Rila Fukushima). She has been searching for him at the behest of “Ichiro Yashida” (Haruhiko Yamanouchi). He is the head of the largest corporation in Asia and it turns out that Logan saved his life during World War II. Yashida is dying and wants to thank Logan for the life he has led, and to give him a gift.