Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness

by Cynthia Kirkeby Into Darkness does the Star Trek universe proud! Okay, I’ll admit I’m a fan. I grew up with Star Trek, the original series. My children grew up with the subsequent Star Trek Next Generation, and subsequent series, as well as all of the Star Trek films. However, as a fan, I’m also fairly tough when it comes to the story lines of the films. With the reboot of the Star Trek franchise with the last Star Trek film, I was happy to see the direction they were taking with the Star Trek universe. By changing the timeline, it frees the writers to explore new directions in coming films (and possibly series) without violating the essentials within the world of Star Trek. JJ Abrams turned out to be the perfect director with an understanding of everything that was important within the Star Trek franchise: the relationships, the humor, the valor, and the history. Into Darkness proves once again that JJ Abrams was the perfect director to tackle this franchise reboot. The film is amazing! Searching out a dangerous foe in a new guise, the crew of the Starship Enterprise becomes an even more cohesive team as they seek out a crazed, vengeful maniac set to destroy everyone in the Federation. If you are familiar with the Star Trek universe then you will love the little and not so little, references throughout Into Darkness to the original series and films. If you are not familiar with the older Star Trek series, then you will love the film just for its personality and adventure. Benedict Cumberbatch plays a wonderful...
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

One of my favorite films this year, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, is by a young writer, director, and producer named Stephen Chbosky. Having written the screenplay for Rent, which I thought was not especially well done, and spending the past couple of years working on a TV series named Jericho, Stephen was apparently able to leverage his experience into a shot at his own film project, and quite a shot it was. There is definitely something to be said for limited budget films that are a complete vision from writing through film production. Chbosky’s characters have a richness and truth about them that will resonate with you. For all of the teens out there who are out of step with the rest of the school, which seems at time to be the majority of the students, and all of the adults who still remember what it was like to be in that position, the characters will be your friends, and your heroes as they struggle their way through life. Logan Lerman, who plays Charlie, Ezra Miller, who plays Patrick, and Emma Watson, who plays Patrick’s step-sister Sam, whom you probably spotted as the reknowned Hermione Granger; were all brilliant in their respective parts. Every wallflower in school needed a duo like Patrick and Emma to bring them under their wings in High School. The two seniors bring Charlie into their world as Patrick acknowledges him with the statement, “I didn’t realize there was anyone still worth discovering.” The 102 minutes of The Perks of Being A Wallflower are spent smiling, laughing, crying, and if you are older,...
The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

I will admit that I am a fan of the comic book and the movies that come from them. Yes, there have been some bad films made from comics, but there have also been some great films that originated from comic books. The best of class has to go to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, which concludes with The Dark Knight Rises. The screenplay was written by Christopher Nolan’s brother, Jonathan Nolan and then tweaked by Christopher into it’s final form. As Jonathan noted in the production notes of The Prestige,”…he’s somehow able to look at my ideas and flip them around in a way that’s just a little bit more twisted and interesting. It’s great to be able to work with him like that.” If that’s how they work together than Jonathan gave Christopher a great basis to tweak in this trilogy. Assembling a heavy hitting, Oscar-winning crew once again, Christopher Nolan worked with cinematographer Wally Pfister, effects masters Paul Franklin and Chris Corbould, and composer Hans Zimmer, and the list of stars isn’t a skimpy one either: Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gorden-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, and of course, Christian Bale. Who wouldn’t be looking forward to this film? Christopher Nolan and Wally Pfister give their films such a unique look that it’s hard to imagine one working without the other, and that’s especially the case in this Dark Knight trilogy. Every screen is so impeccably crafted that you are totally immersed in their world. Along with The Dark Knight Rising in part three of the series, we also see the rise of Robin...

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