Daredevil: Eps 5-8

The first quartet of Daredevil episodes had trouble finding their footing.  The dedication to violence and darkness, both visual and narrative, were in place, but the unspooling of the story seemed uneven, supporting characters Foggy and Karen were more annoying than interesting, and the...

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is about finding hope in a creative future, and believing we can build that future, yet the entire 130-minute extravaganza boils down to a protracted fight in which a technological strawman becomes the enemy, excusing all human failing, and is destroyed purely through violence. * * * Tomorrowland Director: Brad Bird Starring: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Hugh Laurie, Thomas Robinson Review: 3 stars (of five) Tomorrowland fails as a story because it is facile, smug and hypocritical. It blasts society at large for giving up on the future to wallow in negativity and dystopia while ignoring real crises—then...

Avengers: Age of Ult...

Spectacle fatigue cripples Avengers: Age of Ultron. While the film delivers too much of what the audience demands to rate it a complete failure, it cannot be called a good film story.  While it succeeds as a commercial product and in terms of  technical craftsmanship, it fails as...