There’s always a huge risk when both the star and the director of a successful, if not groundbreaking, film series depart, forcing a franchise to justify it’s continuation, transcend the established and re- invigorate, and most importantly, define it’s legacy. That was the challenge that awaited the fittingly titled “The Bourne Legacy,” the fourth installment of the adventure saga, as Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon went to find better things to do with their time than shake a camera around for six months. This latest entry, now helmed by series screenwriter Tony Gilroy, hopes its’ fans can be afflicted by the same amnesia Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) endured in the previous three movies and embrace the future of the Bourne movies with a new lead, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner).
I'm pretty sure we are all aware of the films plot, but for those who don't “The Hobbit” is the story of Bilbo Baggins that leads up to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. He gets the ring, goes on an adventure and slays a dragon with a group of Dwarfs striving to get their homeland back. This is part one of what I already see is an artificially stretched new trilogy. When the writers proposed this as a trilogy the producers should have said, “this shall not pass.”
I know I’ll be in the minority here when I say that this movie is pretty mediocre. It’s no small task to make the Hobbit into three movies and the scale of the film is not something to dismiss. I feel that the story is lackluster and forces in the comedic/cartoony aspects into a universe that doesn’t seem to need/want it. I’m sure it takes quite big feet to walk through this story, but in the end I feel it will be dwarfed by the original and more serious trilogy.
It’s the end of the world and the only thing left is some survivors and a bunch of blood-sucking vamps. The survivors range from religious nuts to normal people that haven’t really understood the situation to survivalists. The focus here is on a badass and his apprentice. In that regard, it doesn’t disappoint.
Mister as played by, the talented and non-monstrous, Nick Damici is truly a badass. He kicks ass and takes no names. There are a few human moments that show he’s still human, but overall the man is truly one to have on your side in the apocalypse. Martin (Connor Paolo) is the apprentice of Mister and does a good job of learning the ropes even though it feels like that happens off-screen more than on. It’s great to see Michael Cerveris work outside of his stoic role in “Fringe.” Danielle Harris is a nice addition.
The cinematography and direction are both solid. They don’t overdo anything and don’t underdo anything either. The film has a consistent pensive mood to it and it’s something to appreciate. That being said, there is one issue, the third act.
Today’s news is surprising and ultimately unwelcome. Disney has purchased Lucasfilm for 4.05 billion dollars and is promising a seventh “Star Wars” film in 2015. So get ready to see a whole lot more of our beloved and trashed franchise in the future.
It seems when Lucas said he was going to quit making films because everybody hated what he was doing he wasn’t kidding. If there is any silver lining here it’s that the seventh (eventually 8th and 9th, too) and unwanted/unneeded sequel will not be written or directed by George Lucas and we might see some cool rides at Disney. He’s finally given up his baby.
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Tim Burton returns to making movies that truly fit him. Movies that are not remakes, but original ideas. Sure this is actually a remake, but as a remake of his work and ideas I let it slide. Burton has proved that he can make great films, but if you look at his pedigree and compare what is good and what is bad you are likely to see that the man is horrible at remakes of other people’s stories. He tends to miss the point more often than not. Thankfully, “Frankenweenie” doesn’t end up on the same side as “Alice in Wonderland.”
Victor is a young boy who is a tad antisocial and would rather spend his time with his charismatic pup, Sparky. During a baseball game Sparky enthusiastically chases a homerun ball into the streets and is ended. Victor, grief-ridden, chooses to dig up his dog and resurrect his pup with the use of electricity. Of course, he fails to keep his successful experiment secret, but it doesn’t last and soon the town is in danger because of the science Victor has created.
A while back Bitter Balcony interviewed the creators of “Aidan 5” for their 48-hour film project that was expanded on and turned into a web series. When the series began we interviewed Maya Sayre regarding her role in it. Now the team is back at it and preparing for season 2 of the series and they need our collective help! “Aidan 5” now has a Kickstarter actively taking contributions for them to complete the project.
If you were a fan of the series take a moment to check out their Kickstarter and contribute what you can. If you have yet to watch the series then you owe it to yourself to watch it and then revisit the first sentence in this paragraph. As usual, anything helps and I’m sure the team of fine people working on the series would appreciate it greatly.