Oz the Great and Powerful is a perfect example of limitless style but little else, a movie that steamrolls its way through kaleidoscopic frames and a hackneyed script, until a case of miscasting brings the entire thing to a halt.  Sam Raimi’s gifts as a director are on full display here, including his trademark swooping camerawork, but he’s let down by a story that doesn’t hold up. To start with the basics: James Franco is the titular Oz (Oscar) a fairground magician who dreams of being a great man, but isn’t equipped with the goodness to make that happen.  He’s also a bit of a womanizer,Read More →

I’m not exactly sure why a remake of Red Dawn was necessary.  Perhaps there was something a little edgy about the original in 1984 that doesn’t quite hold up so well today.  That first film depicted a group of teens banding together to face off against a Soviet attack on American soil, a relevant topic at the time, given the Cold War and the ghost of Communism fear.  It was also the first movie to be rated PG-13, setting off a change in the way the MPAA viewed movie sex and violence, and helped to launch the careers of Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson and Charlie Sheen. But that wasRead More →