#REVIEW: “DJANGO UNCHAINED”
Review by: Jonathan Godrey for Mr. Will Wong
Rest in peace Sally Menke: Though Django Unchained excelled despite your absence, it was nevertheless noticed. Long time collaborator Fred Raskin did a great job filling your shoes, as did the entire cast and crew of this exceptional Western.
For fans of the genre Django is a familiar name. One associated with excessive violence and allusions to the grave. These gags are still present in Tarantino’s take on the Tale. However, there is no question ...
#REVIEW: “LES MISÉRABLES”
Taking one of the most beloved Novels of the 19th Century, above that a TONY Award-winning Musical, and adapting it into a Film properly is by all means a daunting task. Academy Award-winning Director Tom Hooper succeeds largely in giving due justice to the timeless story that is Les Misérables , without a doubt stamping itself as a legitimate Best Picture Contender. In any other year, the Musical might have been more definitively in the running, however one cannot deny that 2012 has ...
#REVIEW: “THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY”
Reviewer: Jonathan Godfrey for Mr. Will Wong
A Movie that like its literary roots, struggled to grow. Yet it climbed from the soil and up the metaphorical mountain; slayed the dragon and spread the wealth the beast protected. Nevertheless some complain it’s not enough.
Peter Jackson like his pen-wielding predecessor (J.R.R. Tolkien) is a world builder. Capable of incredible feats there’s little wonder why he’s so misunderstood. With his first trek through Middle-Earth the masses smiled ...
#REVIEW: “SPARKLE” (DVD)
Like a humble Cousin to Dreamgirls, Sparkle tells the Story of three Sisters who form a Group and on the verge of making it to the bigtime. Along with the Fame however come the pitfalls of the Spotlight - primarily drugs, bad choices and hubris - and the closer they get to that illusive record deal, the more they see their bond crumble. Starring former American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks in the titular role and having the distinction of showcasing Whitney Houston's final performance, this ...
For those of you expecting a Biopic about Alfred Hitchcock, you just might be slightly disappointed. Those of you who have paid mind to the Trailer for Hitchcock or read its Synopsis for that matter,will know fully what you're walking into. Perhaps a Disclaimer as such could have silenced criticisms against 2011 Films which I actually adored like The Iron Lady and My Week with Marilyn?
Based upon the Book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello, Director/Screenwriter ...
Just how do you single out a great performance in a Film where every performance is just as solid as the other? In Lincoln, revered Director Steven Spielberg brings to the Big Screen the final months in the life of one of America's most beloved Presidents, Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis). The Film focuses on his tireless Fight for the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment, which in effect put an end to Slavery in the United States and also a Union Victory in the Civil War.
In addition to ...
#REVIEW: “THE SESSIONS”
Perhaps one of this year's biggest sleeper Hits is Ben Lewin's The Sessions. On paper it admittedly is a bit of a hard-sell, but on-screen one cannot help but fall in-love with this Story which actually is inspired by true Events. The Dramedy centers around a 38-year-old Man named Mark (John Hawkes) with an Iron Lung who hires a professional Sex Surrogate in Cheryl (Helen Hunt) to help him lose his Virginity. At war with himself morally, Mark also seeks the guidance of Father Brendan (William ...
#REVIEW: “THE PAPERBOY”
After making a splash at the Cannes, New York and Toronto International Film Festivals, Lee Daniels' (Precious) second Effort, The Paperboy is now ready for release. Based on Peter Dexter's Novel of the same name, Daniels gathers together an A-List Ensemble Cast which includes Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, David Oyelowo and Macy Gray. Its Story centers around ambitious Writers Ward (McConaughey) and Yardley (Oyelowo), both working on a Piece which could clear ...
Few rides in 2012 have been anywhere near as thrilling as Ben Affleck's sophomore directorial effort, Argo and as a patriotic Canadian, it is impossible not to feel an overwhelming sense of Pride about our involvement in it all - even if some have their opinions about the Film's historical accuracy.
Set in 1979 during the Iranian Hostage Crisis, Argo centers around six U.S. Diplomats who evade capture and are taken-into the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor (Victor Garber). Time is ...
#REVIEW: “THE RAVEN”
Everything about Edgar Allen Poe was a Mystery and with records having been lost even after his passing in 1849, there always has been a great amount of uncertainty surrounding his death. One of the Pioneers of the Mystery Genre, he is epitomized in Director James McTeigue's The Raven, a fictionalized re-telling of Poe's (John Cusack) unfortunate final days, passionately in-love with Emily Hamilton (Alice Eve).
Baltimore at the time is under siege with a string of unsolved Murders, including ...