Daredevil (Episodes ...

Perhaps my most telling reaction is that, weeks after finishing the first season, I don’t miss the show. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it while I watched it, but the appealing elements of the show never coalesced into addictive, irresistible entertainment. The scripts are...

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...

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Director: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller Starring: Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Powers Boothe Review: 4 stars (of five) The long-in-coming sequel to 2005’s Sin City is in some ways a better film than its predecessor.  While it does not quite have the mania for mayhem and gross bodily injury that made the original a weirdly obsessed meditation on genre tropes, it has a better sense of story and character, and better balance. I recently described the first Sin City to a friend as:  “Did you ever wish you could watch a Jim Thompson novel come to life while you’re...

Unstoppable

Director: Tony Scott Starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson Review: 4 stars (of five) A runaway train slowly builds speed until it’s a juggernaut threatening an entire Pennsylvania town, and naturally the only average joes with a chance of stopping it are the two A-List...

Percy Jackson & ...

Director: Chris Columbus Starring: Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Pierce Brosnan, Catherine Keener, Rosario Dawson Review: 3 stars (of five) Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief is a fast-moving ball of high-spirited nonsense. Where Harry Potter novels are 600 pages and...