Tag Archives: Michael Shannon

Man of Steel fails to be super!

18 Jun

Man-of-Steel

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!

The Man of Steel is a re-interpretation of the Superman franchise. Under the guidance of Hollywood’s own superhero, Christopher Nolan produces the latest version by employing screenwriter, David S. Goyer and director Zack Snyder to bring this all to familiar story back to life. I am not going to bore you with the story of Jor-El (Russell Crowe), his newborn son, and the Clark family. Henry Cavill’s (Superman) most amazing feat was landing the role in the first place. His past projects and stiff performances were nothing special to warrant the red cape, but his chiseled body and good looks certainly fit the part.

The film’s main strength is Snyder’s ability to deliver thrilling action scenes, but it is the same old story with a predictable ending and one of the most annoying romances in comic book history. Not so super.

WORD COUNT: 160

Adam’s Grade: C+

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

Bug gets under your skin, but in a good way

8 Jan

Bug-movie

Director William Friedkin and writer Tracy Letts first collaboration together is a film called Bug. It may be one of the most insane films I have ever seen.

Agnes (Ashley Judd) is a waitress living in fear of her abusive ex-husband Jerry (Harry Connick Jr.). Her girlfriend introduces her to Peter (Michael Shannon), a strange drifter who provides her with the comfort she needs, but Peter has microscopic bugs living underneath his skin. It is even creepier than it sounds.

The majority of the film takes place in a hotel room, which contributes to the characters’ anxiety and heightens the sense of claustrophobia. Friedkin and Letts create an environment that no one can escape. The isolation created in the minds of the characters is apparent and the film’s unsettling climax will leave you itching your skin and running for the shower. Judd and Shannon are unbelievable together and their performance will get under your skin, but in a good way.

WORD COUNT: 159

Adam’s Grade: B

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

The Runaways gives a solid “performance”

15 Nov

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning found time between their Twilight franchise shooting schedules to make this small film about the 1970s all girl Rock/Punk band, The Runaways.  The film focuses on the relationship between the iconic Joan Jett (Stewart) and the band’s singer, Cherie Currie. Although, the film documents the band’s rise in popularity, the writer and director, Floria Sigismondi is more interested in capturing a “coming of age” story about a young girl (Currie) having her dreams come true only to lose them through a series of destructive decisions that will ultimately lead to the band breaking up.

Sigismondi does a great job capturing the Los Angeles music scene through the film’s music, costumes, and unique characters, such as record producer Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), who brings comic relief to the movie, but at the same time shows the darker side of the music business. The Runaways gives a solid “performance” but it is not on my daily “playlist.”

WORD COUNT: 160

Chuck’s Grade: B

Adam’s Grade: B-

Premium Rush Delivers One Hell of a Ride

28 Aug


Don’t expect a perfect ride from Premium Rush. It’s a fast-paced popcorn movie with exhilarating bike riding scenes through the streets of NYC. The plot revolves around movie Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) a bike messenger trying to deliver a package for a friend, but is being chased by a corrupt cop (Michael Shannon). The plot is simple, but writer/director David Koepp keeps the story cruising by using great chase scenes, humor, and a unique storytelling technique.

Where the film gets a flat is in its dialogue, which has never been Koepp’s strength. Gordon-Levitt and Shannon out perform the film’s script, which made it easier to forgive. The bike riding was amazing, but the fact that Wilee could see different pathways to avoid an accident in a split second was absurd. Other than Hollywood’s interpretation of super human bike messengers the film lives up to its name by delivering a high quality action flick on two wheels.

WORD COUNT: 156

Adam’s Grade: B-
Chuck’s Grade: B-