Tag Archives: Bryan Singer

The Usual Suspects: Catching Up with Keyser

FIVE CRIMINALS. ONE LINE UP. NO COINCIDENCE.  After seeing the drama Public Access at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival, Kevin Spacey went to the party after the screening, walked up to the young men who had written and directed it and told them that he wanted a role in their next movie. At the time, … Continue reading The Usual Suspects: Catching Up with Keyser

X-Men: Apocalypse

ONLY THE STRONG WILL SURVIVE.  In 1983, the first mutant the world ever saw comes back to life, a powerful creature who ruled ancient Egypt and has been entombed ever since his worshippers betrayed him. The third film in the series that introduced younger versions of beloved mutants suffers from overfamiliarity and a fiery showdown, … Continue reading X-Men: Apocalypse

Highlights of Comic-Con 2015

This year’s Comic-Con in San Diego ended last Sunday. Time to sum up what we enjoyed the most: The Star Wars panel – We get J.J. Abrams explaining his vision for the new movie, and Lawrence Kasdan as a connection to the original trilogy. We get real examples of newly designed creatures. And we get a Carrie Fisher-Mark … Continue reading Highlights of Comic-Con 2015

X-Men: Days of Future Past

EVERY HERO, EVERY POWER WILL UNITE. In 2023, most mutants have been wiped out by man-made robots called Sentinels; with the help of Shadowcat (Ellen Page), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back in time to 1973 to kill the Sentinel program before it’s born. A sequel to three X-Men movies (The Last Stand, Wolverine and … Continue reading X-Men: Days of Future Past

The Greatest Hits of 2014

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2014 for ya. JANUARY: * Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – This reboot of Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst cum action hero has Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh (who’s also directing), but the trailer disturbingly shows another variation on the Jason Bourne … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2014

Highlights of Comic-Con 2013

This year’s Comic-Con in San Diego is over, and as always it’s been a treat. I’m not going to pretend that I was there. I wish I were, but the thing is in this day and age you can enjoy the feast even if you’re thousands of miles away. The past few days have offered … Continue reading Highlights of Comic-Con 2013

X-Men

JOIN THE EVOLUTION. Considering the amount of unsuccessfully adapted comic book adventures, how fortunate that versatile director Bryan Singer felt he was the right guy to take on this Marvel extravaganza. The story takes place a few years into the future. Professor X (Patrick Stewart) runs a school for gifted young mutants who possess special … Continue reading X-Men

Valkyrie

MANY SAW EVIL. THEY DARED TO STOP IT.  In 1943, German Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) joins a gang of conspirators trying to overthrow Adolf Hitler and negotiate peace with the Allies. The reason why this story hasn’t been told onscreen that many times is probably due to the depressing outcome of it. Still, … Continue reading Valkyrie

Superman Returns

Five years after the events in Superman II (1981), the Man of Steel (Brandon Routh) returns to Earth only to find that Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has a son and a new man in her life… and Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) is once again up to no good. Bryan Singer turned out to be the … Continue reading Superman Returns

X2

THE TIME HAS COME FOR THOSE WHO ARE DIFFERENT TO STAND UNITED. For once the old cliché “bigger and better” is right on target. The story continues where the first movie left off and isolation and racism are once again themes. Don’t expect too many surprises in the story about a general (Brian Cox) who … Continue reading X2