Browse Month: December 2016

RECAP: Rogue One

Rogue One (2016): Gareth Edwards

The first of eight Star Wars films without a title crawl, Rogue One changed the series in other ways. Gone are long Jedi fights and light saber duels. Missing is interfamilial drama.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: A band of rebels breaks into an Imperial planet to steal plans to a gray orb the Empire is calling the Death Star.  Continue Reading

RECAP: Reign of Fire

Reign of Fire (2002): Rob Bowman

What do you get when you combine Batman, an Oscar winner, and dragons? You get a movie that no one saw, but everyone should. You get Reign of Fire.

One of my guilty pleasures, I keep returning to Reign of Fire when I want to feel good about my own life. At least there aren’t thousands of dragons ruling the skies.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: England, burned under a dragon scourge, turns to Americans for salvation.  Continue Reading

RECAP: Star Wars

Star Wars (1977): George Lucas

From the childhood fantasies of George Lucas came a draft of silly space fantasy called The Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Starkiller. Wow. Let’s be glad that he turned that into the simple Star Wars.

What began as a reject film from several studios, including the same Disney that would buy the franchise for $4 billion decades later, became, arguably, the most famous movie ever made.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: A young farmer learns to trust the mystical energy of the Force to help oppressed people blow up a planet-destroying weapon. Continue Reading

RECAP: Gladiator

Gladiator (2000): Ridley Scott

Coming out at the turn of the century, Gladiator represents Ridley Scott’s most successful film to date and in his best genre–historical epic.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: A Roman general left for dead becomes a gladiator to kill the man who orchestrated his demise: the emperor.  Continue Reading