Monday, February 15, 2016

Casey's Top 40

(Not really Casey. It's me, Jason)

No preamble. Let's get down to business.

40. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (J.J. Abrams)

39. Spring (Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson)

38. Black Coal, Thin Ice (Yi'nan Diao)

37. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz & Shlomi Elkabetz)

36. What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Second Verse, Better Than the First

Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Minions, Furious 7, Ant-Man, Fantastic Four, Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys, Mission: Impossible--Rogue Nation, Ted 2, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That's a partial list of sequels and franchise films that came out in 2015. The density with which Hollywood releases these films is certainly not a surprise to anyone. It's de rigueur by this point. Some of them are fine. Most are a bad.

The problem that often occurs in these sequels is that they've exhausted the possibilities inherent in their original stories. But two of my favorite sequels of 2015--Magic Mike XXL and Pitch Perfect 2--manage to sidestep this issue by regarding their originators as a stepping stone and not as a template.