1/4, 2010s, Action, Fantasy, Review, Simon Kinberg

Dark Phoenix

#12 in my ranking of the X-Men franchise. For the first directorial effort of a long time screenwriter, Simon Kinberg, you'd expect Dark Phoenix to have some semblance of narrative structure, but you'd be wrong. The adventures of the X-Men under Fox ends with a whimper of an adventure, so unfocused and meandering that the… Continue reading Dark Phoenix

1/4, 2000s, Action, Review

X-Men: The Last Stand

#11 in my ranking of the X-Men franchise. Oh, no. What had held such promise so completely fell apart in the hands of Brett Ratner. Gone is any real sense of character, narrative construction, or even action chops. This is a dreary, uninteresting movie with too many moving parts, too many unfulfilled promises, and a… Continue reading X-Men: The Last Stand

1/4, 1970s, Action, Buichi Saito, Review

Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril

#6 in my ranking of the Lone Wolf and Cub franchise. The franchise loses its original director, Kenji Misumi, for Buichi Saito, and Saito takes the fourth movie into a much more purely exploitative direction and the semblance of serious consideration of the samurai code that had been intermittently addressed gets tossed aside fully for… Continue reading Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril