Actress and Miss Israel 2004 Gal Gadot has been officially cast as Wonder Woman: Here's the questions that remain.
Bob "MovieBob" Chipman shares his insight into all things cinematic every Friday.
Frozen can count among its myriad charms the one thing you just never expect to see from an animation studio whose signature brand is rigidly-formulaic retellings of stories so old your great-grandmother grew up hearing them.
"Last week's episode" of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D was a real winner. Unfortunately, by the laws of episodic television that means it's likely to be immediately followed by something less than a winner.
Shorter DVD windows, the advent of streaming, etc have all made serialized storytelling the go-to business model for motion-picture entertainment. However, not everyone does it well.
The first few minutes of The Well are a crystallization of the very, very bad show I'd originally worried Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" would wind up being.
Yes, my critic brethern. Much the same as "white music" journalists eventually had to suck it up and acknowledge hip-hop as a legit genre, "nerd culture" is now simply part of "culture."
My question about Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s erratic early episodes was never really "Will this get better?" My question was "Will this get better... in a way that retroactively makes the earlier stuff better as well?"
Blockbuster was my first paying job. It's an experience I recall with mixed emotions.
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. comes back after a one-week break with an episode that's not quite up to the standards of the "Whoa! This suddenly got A LOT better!"
Winter Soldier is aiming to be a dark, politically-tinged spy thriller in the vein of the Jason Bourne movies... albeit one that still features flying aircraft carriers and bionic arms.
A drama, 3 ½ hours in length, with the vast majority of that time filled by small groups of characters deep in conversation about relationships, romance, art, literature and philosophy. The entertainment press has elected to promote it in the manner of a carnival peep show. Why?
Last week's really good episode wasn't a fluke - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to have found it's groove, and that groove is quick-moving spy business infused with sci-fi fantasy elements.
I have a certain amount of admiration for the new "story of WikiLeaks" drama The Fifth Estate. A kind of cautionary tale of what can happen when zealous commitment to a political/philosophical ideal collides with the real world.
The series that proves you don't need to look like a million bucks so long as you can deliver a sense of wonder - as in, "I wonder which sliver of Avengers movie continuity or Marvel Universe arcana will make a teasing verbal cameo this time!"
Captain Phillips could easily have been a simplistic action/rescue thriller or a maudlin made-for-TV potboiler, but instead it's a powerful film even as it tries to strip the mythmaking out of a very human event that became a larger-than-life media moment.