My expectations for Marvel's Ant-Man were pretty low going in. In my mind, if there was a Marvel film that was going to fail, it was going to be Ant-Man. The character just didn't strike me as all that interesting, and the departure of previous writer and director Edgar Wright had me wondering what kind of mess might be waiting for filmgoers.
Director James Ford Murphy knows how to sell his first film, Lava, with just a song. He should, since that's how he first pitched the film to Pixar, where he's worked as an animator since working on A Bug's Life in the late 1990s.
I went in to Terminator Genisys very interested to see where they were taking this thirty-year-old franchise, especially since I knew Paramount had already gave the green light to two sequels before this film was even close to being finished (partly due to the fact that all rights to this franchise revert back to James Cameron in 2019). And the start of the film--the first half hour--was very interesting indeed, but then it just seemed to turn in to a Roadrunnner cartoon.
Despite all appearances, and the telling delay in the Canadian release of Debug, I really, really wanted to like actor-turned-director David Hewlett's latest film.
Full disclosure--I am a huge fan of the disaster epic genre and always have been, so when I saw early trailer footage for San Andreas I was a bit excited but it looked like the real deal. And it is.
The future may be amazing in Disney's Tomorrowland, but even a shiny future needs a few good men, and that's where Matthew MacCaull comes in. In Tomorrowland, MacCaull plays Dave Clark, a government agent tasked with protecting the secrets of the place known as Tomorrowland, which seems to have a few threats.
Badass. There's just no other way to describe Mad Max: Fury Road. It's a film like we've hardly seen in years and years, and both director George Miller, the man behind all of the original Mad Max films, and Warner Bros., deserve big credit for making it a reality without watering it down.
Often when I am interviewing a filmmaker who made a film or films that I greatly admired but wasn't necessarily there to interview them about, I would wait until the formal interview was nearly over and then I would launch into a barrage of enthusiastically posed questions about the films I admired. Such was true of times spent with Francis Coppola, with Arthur Penn, Warren Beatty, and George Miller.
During the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, director Lindsay Mackay and actress Julia Sarah Stone sat down with me to talk about their perfect indie film, Wet Bum. At the time, it was my favorite film that I had screened around the start of TIFF, and all these months later is still stands up as one of the best Canadian films to come along in a while.
Joss Whedon probably never wanted it to turn out like this. Maybe he even regrets getting on board for the whole Marvel experience. I don't know. All I do know is that there's very little of what we've come to expect from him in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and I doubt he's all that happy with what ended up on the big screen in his latest superhero smash-up.