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Friday, September 04, 2015

Screen Savor: Daddy Issues

Set in a rural California town, just north of Los Angeles, Tiger Orange (Wolfe), whose title comes from a paint color sold at the hardware store inherited by Chet (co-screenwriter Mark Strano) after his father died, utilizes flashbacks to illustrate the ways two brothers differed as children. Abandoned by their mother when they were small and raised by their perpetually raging father, Chet and Todd are as different as brothers can be. Chet stayed behind after college to help his father with the store, while Todd (Frankie Valenti) got the hell out of town as fast as he could.

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.

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