By Mark Draughn on January 24, 2013
Zero Dark Thirty is a terrific spy thriller. Almost nobody mentions that. Everybody talks about the controversial issues raised by Catherine Bigelow’s new movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden — the use of torture, the slam at criminal defense lawyers — but if you can set aside your differences with the politics of [...]
By Mark Draughn on September 18, 2012
So my wife and I went to see Resident Evil: Retribution last weekend. We decided to splurge a bit on the tickets, because if we’re going to watch some trashy hot-chick violence porn, we really should watch it in IMAX 3D. This movie hits all the key points of the Resident Evil franchise: Zombies, soldiers, [...]
By Mark Draughn on March 8, 2012
I’m a Bobcat fan from way back, so I’ll probably want to go see this movie, which he wrote and directed, if it actually gets released to theaters. After which, there will probably be Congressional hearings.
By Mark Draughn on June 6, 2011
I saw X-Men: First Class on Saturday, and I know some other reviewers don’t agree, but I thought it was the best superhero movie I’ve seen in a long time. I’ve not seen any of director Matthew Vaughn’s other movies, but on the strength of this one, I think I’ll have to. It’s that good. [...]
By Mark Draughn on March 8, 2010
Well, the Academy Awards were last night, and I’m sure all the trendy ironic folks will be making the usual comments about Hollywood self-congratulation, but I mostly enjoyed it. I like movies, and I think good filmmaking deserves to be honored. I do have one nit to pick, however, with the movie montage they showed [...]
By Mark Draughn on December 26, 2009
I saw Avatar yesterday, and it was a pretty darned good movie. If you think you might like this kind of thing, just go see it. As with James Cameron’s earlier film Titanic, the star of this film is the magnificent setting and the way it is presented. The lush world of Pandora is beautiful, [...]
By Mark Draughn on December 7, 2009
I hate it when movie theaters put a message on the screen where they threaten to prosecute us for using a recording device. I understand they want to prevent people from copying movies, and I don’t plan on any bootlegging, but I don’t like doing business with places that treat me like a criminal. Since [...]
By Mark Draughn on August 5, 2009
Hey Guys! Somebody cast Megan Fox as a sexually seductive teenage killer creature thingy in a movie called Jennifer’s Body. It’s rated R, so there may be titties!
By Mark Draughn on February 10, 2009
I think I probably have to see this:
By Mark Draughn on October 27, 2008
So, this new movie, Push…it’s Heroes, right? You see that too, don’t you?
By Mark Draughn on July 24, 2008
Christian Bale, star of the latest Batman movie and the next Terminator movie, is accused of assaulting his mother and his sister in an incident at a hotel in London. He’s quoted in an AP wire story: “It’s a deeply personal matter,” Bale told The Associated Press at a news conference at a luxury hotel [...]
By Mark Draughn on July 18, 2008
I just found out the Watchmen trailer is up at Empire Online. I’m not a super-fan of the comic, but I can understand why some people are. In its day, it must have been the most amazing thing ever. Some of the freshness has worn off now that we’ve seen its techniques used by more [...]
By Mark Draughn on July 11, 2008
Those are very important words to remember. Especially since I just noticed that a remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still is in post-production for release on December 12. How cool is that?
By Mark Draughn on April 12, 2008
Coming this spring, there are some movies I’ve got to see. There are several movies I’ll probably see, or feel obligated to see. And there are a few movies I shouldn’t see, but I’m tempted anyway.
By Mark Draughn on January 19, 2008
[No spoilers that you wouldn't get from watching the trailers.] When your body moves, your brain coordinates the images from your eyes with balance information from your inner ear to give you a consistent picture of the world. This works fine in the natural world, but our modern world presents your brain with situations it’s not ready [...]
By Mark Draughn on July 4, 2007
This was the best action movie I’ve seen in a long time. I was not a fan of the Transformers TV series (or comic book, or toy line), so I can’t tell you if the movie is faithful to the franchise. From what I understand, the mythos is pretty confused and has changed many times, [...]
By Mark Draughn on May 22, 2007
Now that 24 is over, what will we do for mindless action? This.
By Mark Draughn on March 25, 2007
I saw the movie 300 last night. I knew it had been produced by some of the same people who made Sin City, and the previews showed it clearly applied a similarly gritty, visceral visual style to the violence. That worried me. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind violence in films—heck, I love a [...]
By Mark Draughn on March 10, 2007
As this movie preview ended, I realized that my mouth was literally just hanging open in dumbfounded amazement. You’ve never seen anything like this. (Hat tip: Sour N Sweet)