Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Robert Downey Jr. takes over the screen once again as the head of Stark Enterprises, as he battles a new nemesis in the form of the Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley. Gyweneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle also return in their respective roles as Pepper Potts and War Machine in the fast-paced superhero film. Iron Man 3 doesn’t waste any time before they through you into chaos and mayhem. Of course, there’s nothing like giving the press your address to give to a set of psychotic lunatics to shake things up. I have a feeling Stark thought better of that move when suddenly the Mandarin is blowing up his home with Pepper inside! The third movie in this incarnation of the Iron Man saga doesn’t sit still very much. It starts off fast paced and stays there through much of the film. It slows down a bit when Tony Stark gets help from Harley Keener, played by Ty Simpkins. I really must say that I loved his interaction with this kid. Stark is rough on Harley, fairly mean and dismissive, but the kid just calls him on it, puts him in his place, and moves forward trying to help the superhero as much as he can. Ty Simpkins steals the show quite a bit with his quiet performance. Probably my favorite scene is when Tony Stark is having yet another panic attack, and Harley tells him to calm down and breathe, and then says: “You’re an engineer right?” Stark says, “Yeah… right…” and the kid says, “Well, why don’t you go make something?” This instantly calms down Stark as he...
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...
Tron: Legacy – A Futuristic Blast to the Past

Tron: Legacy – A Futuristic Blast to the Past

The original Tron was released by Disney in 1982, two years after The Empire Strikes Back. Although the graphics were already outdated when it was released, because of the amazing work that Industrial Light and Magic was doing, there was something enduring about the film. <img src="http://pointofviewreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/lightcycle.jpg" alt="lightcycle from Tron Legacy" title="lightcycle" width="550" height="206" class="size-full wp-image-2385" srcset="http://pointofviewreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/lightcycle.jpg 550w, http://pointofviewreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/lightcycle-200×74.jpg 200w, http://pointofviewreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/lightcycle-300×112 more information.jpg 300w, http://pointofviewreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/lightcycle-150×56.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px” /> lightcycle from Tron Legacy For all of us who grew up in the age of the old video games played on the big arcade systems, the idea of being pulled into the game and ending up on the grid… or within the inner workings of the computer network (or Internet), which was just coming into being, was compelling and in some way weirdly magical. Coming back to Tron after all these years was fun, especially on the big IMAX screen in 3D, where the graphics of the Grid are able to shine. I have to admit that I really enjoyed seeing the updated versions of the game arena, the cycles, and the big transports. Although I had a good time in the film, the ticket price for IMAX 3D is really a killer. At $18.50 per ticket, it was a very expensive evening for two. Like its prequel Tron, some of the graphics were a bit outdated before the film hit the theater. The character of Clu is a computer generated character based on a young Jeff Bridges, but the character was noticeably computer generated at times, adding a visual distraction to the 3D strain. Especially after losing...
Films of the Decade – 8. Kill Bill Vol. 2

Films of the Decade – 8. Kill Bill Vol. 2

tarantino’s first “detour” was Kill Bill. Originally intended to be one film, Tarantino eventually decided to split Kill Bill into two separate movies. This could have easily come across as a cash grab; however, the decision has artistic merit. The two volumes of Kill Bill are extremely different. They have their own stylistic tones, as well as their own story arcs.

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