Charlie’s Angels

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Charlie’s Angels Directed by Elizabeth Banks Written by Elizabeth Banks, Evan Spiliotopoulos, and David Auburn Charlie’s Angels was a successful TV series back in the late 70’s.  Then in 2000 we got a film with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu.  That film had a decent balance of action and comedy, and never took itself too seriously.  Yet today we get a film that can’t seem to make up it’s mind so it falter son both fronts.  Comedy is quite often difficult to manage for any film, and here we see many missed… Continue reading

Zombieland 2

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Zombieland 2:  Double Tap Directed by Ruben Fleischer Written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Dave Callaham Back in 2009, Zombieland delivered a fresh humorous take on a post-apocalyptic zombie world.  It opens brilliantly explaining rules to stay alive in this new world, and so does this sequel to catch us all up on the changes that have occurred since the first film.  A decade later we get to catch up with Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) to see how ten years have treated them… Continue reading

Gemini Man

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Gemini Man Directed by Ang Lee Written by David Benioff, Billy Ray, and Darren Lemke Whether it is taking on an alien invasion in Independence Day to portraying historical figures like Muhammad Ali, Will Smith is perhaps one of the biggest blockbuster movie stars today.  He has long been associated with successful franchises as well such as the Men in Black and Bad Boys.  Yet even with a great director like Ang Lee helming this film it greatly suffers from poor writing.  With a concept that on the surface seems slick and imaginative that… Continue reading

Ad Astra

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Ad Astra Directed by James Gray Written by James Gray and Ethan Gross The allure of space seems to captivate directors and writers alike to create stories that portray the doom of planet earth if we do not go to the stars.  Ad Astra is Latin for “To the Stars”, and in that I feel they missed the pivotal moment of the film to capitalize upon that phrase.  At its core, this is a film about emotional attachment/detachment on a human level, and whether it is between a husband and wife or son and… Continue reading

Joker

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Joker Directed by Todd Phillips Written by Todd Phillips and Scott Silver The Joker has long been amongst the top villains in comic book history, and here we have a gritty origin style film which gifts us with perhaps Joaquin Phoenix’s best performance of his career.  Masterfully shot and with what I believe is a stroke of cinematic genius (more on this later), this film gets the ‘Writing a Movie RIGHT’ review. Here comes the spoilers. Joaquin Phoenix sinks into this character of Arthur Fleck and plays him with such a fragile balance between… Continue reading

Rambo Last Blood

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Rambo Last Blood Directed by Adrian Grunberg Written by Dan Gordon, Matthew Cirulnick, Sylvester Stallone Rambo has long been an action hero staple in theaters, and each outing has seen the character of John Rambo take on one form of injustice or another.  This film seemed to have tried hard to give the look and feel of the successful Logan (2017), but with sub-par acting and some of the worst dialogue ever written this film is just painful to watch. Here comes the spoilers. John Rambo is living the sunset of his life out… Continue reading

Angel Has Fallen

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West   Angel Has Fallen Directed by Ric Roman Waugh Written by Robert Kamen, Ric Waugh, Matt Cook, Creighton Rothenberger, and Katrin Benedikt   This is the third film in the Fallen series, and Gerald Butler is back again in his role as Secret Service agent, Mike Banning.  This time we have Morgan Freeman as the president, and a delightful performance by an aged Nick Nolte as Banning’s father.  The cast is solid and the action is well paced, but some moments are so larger than life you would need quite some background before the… Continue reading

Fast & Furious Presents:  Hobbs and Shaw

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West   Fast & Furious Presents:  Hobbs and Shaw Directed by David Leitch Written by Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce   Rock and Statham had great clashes and comedy gold butting heads and egos in Fast Eight that seeing them get their own spin off film was a must.  Both already being two major actors in the action film genre doesn’t hurt either in this film.  Certain to gross a huge payday at the box office, I expect to see at least one more film with these two characters.  The story is the typical bad… Continue reading

Spiderman Far From Home

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Spiderman:  Far From Home Directed by Jon Watts Written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers Action superhero comedy is a genre that lends itself into goofball setups and often sight gags.  Spiderman has long been the franchise that has kept a good balance of the goofiness of being a growing teen with superhuman abilities with a sense of moral justice torn between saving the day and protecting ones family and friends.   Now comedy is hard.  The two writers had a tall order with trying to give audiences some humor following the events of… Continue reading

John Wick 3

  Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West John Wick 3:  Parabellum Directed by Chad Stahelski Written by Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, and Marc Abrams Coming back again with the third installment of what can easily be a long continuing series of Action Thrillers, John Wick 3 delivers the phenomenal tactical action film that has a ever growing fan base that may soon change how other action films are made.  Of course imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and this film not only delivers with the action sequences, but also has a wonderfully delivered subtle storyline that hints… Continue reading