The concept of the video game movie is in dire peril. For years, the franchise languished becoming the black sheep of the industry. Where once many saw opportunity, now everyone watches on with dread. And who could blame them. After seeing so many critically disparaged renditions of "Resident Evil" and other guffawed films by Uwe Boll, it seems a natural reaction. And let's not even bring up that 90's "Super Mario Bros."
Some might claim that "Carol's" poignancy and power comes from its social context and jubilation of recent events. Yet does not all art rely on its social context for its power on some level? However "Carol" is strengthened by its attachment to another time. A time when the dream of that equality was nowhere to be found and survived instead on the strength of the people willing to commit to it. That is the beauty of "Carol." Love always wins.
All in all, "The Walk" is entertaining though hardly revelatory. The shift in tone could be disconcerting for some viewers though those willing to take the film as a modern day fairy tale will find a lot of enjoyment to take away.
Hayden Christensen was making huge headlines back in 2001 when he was first cast for "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" and he continued to be everywhere in media until just after 2006 when his work as Anakin Skywalker in the prequel films came to an end.
"Black Mass" is exactly what you expect from a gangster film. Violent and filled with a great deal of moral questioning. This film is not afraid to throw the viewer into a world where everyone is corrupt; there is simply no one to provide a moral heading or hope. This might challenge audiences, but certainly elevates the material in many respects. Depp's performance in particular is the standout while the film's propulsive pace helps keep the story organized and clear.
"Zelda" is quite possibly in some ways video game myth of the past generation, setting up archetypes and constantly morphing them throughout installments. The familiar characters as well as the franchise's penchant for world building make this franchise one that seems to be a lock for a motion picture.
Yet there are some challenges with turning the world of Hyrule into a movie. Here is a rundown of a few.
For Audiences looking for a true horror film, "Goodbye Mommy" will not disappoint. For those looking for more than a scream, this will also prove satisfying and unforgettable. However, if you want cheap thrills, "The Visit" will prove to be a better option.
Nintendo recently made a big splash by announcing that it could potentially follow Marvel in creating its own cinematic universe. Yet, Nintendo will not be the first to make a big bold move in the world of film.
"La Jaula de Oro" is not a crowd-pleasing film and people who are rabidly against undocumented immigrants may find little of interest to them. Those looking at intensely rich art that uncovers the pain of the immigration process from this perspective will discover a newfound appreciation for the subject.
Remember that "Super Mario Bros?" movie back in 1993? Even if you don't want to admit it, you can't help but feel the sting of seeing one of the most iconic video game characters of all time get decimated on the silver screen. It was a painful experience, but also one that seemed to foreshadow the kind of sacrifice that gaming characters would endure for years on end.
The reality is that video games have not made good films, a shocking revelation when considers the wealth of content on order in the gaming world. For some odd reason however, Hollywood has not cracked the code.
So who can save the day and unite the two media in a manner that is worthy of both forms?