Out on Screen

Out on Screen

Film and Television

With all the reboots, remakes and re-imaginings hitting cinema screens nowadays, it’s nice to see someone take a look at a TV show that had its heyday at the end of the Swinging Sixties, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., serving up not only a spinoff (The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.) but several feature films (actually TV episodes with newly filmed footage to add more sex and violence) and a TV movie reunion in 1985.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Another Heart-pounding Thrill Ride

It’s rare for a long-running series of movies to actually get better with each successive film, but when you had such a terrible start and an even worse second chapter, there’s nowhere to go but up. And with the fifth in the series of Mission: Impossible movies, they have definitely hit the heights of storytelling and action.

Amy Schumer is having her moment. After gaining momentum with two seasons of her Comedy Central sketch show Inside Amy Schumer, she hosted the MTV Movie Awards and won over a whole new group of fans who tuned into the third season of her show (and binged on the previous two seasons), priming themselves for her first starring role in a big screen comedy.

Let’s get the big elephant out of the room right from the start: Edgar Wright and Marvel parted ways after he had spent months working on the script for Ant-Man. The fans were at a fever pitch of anticipation waiting to see where he would take the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it didn’t happen and now everyone is grousing and wondering just what Wright’s Ant-Man would have looked like. It didn’t happen, it’s not happening, so let’s move on, shall we? For the record, Wright still has a screenplay and executive producer credit, so there’s still something there of him. There is no way Marvel had time to overhaul his script completely and get the movie shot and released within their set time frame, so there is still Wright’s DNA all over the movie.

You can almost always count on Pixar to give us a great animated film, even when parent company Disney blew them out of the water with  Frozen and Pixar›s own forays into  Cars and  Planes sequels were met with less than enthusiastic results. Many were beginning to wonder if the great story development Pixar had become famous for, spending years getting a story just right before working on a single pixel, had fallen by the wayside after the Disney acquisition and the focus on sequels. It can be argued that Pixar’s last great film was 2010’s  Toy Story 3.

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