Tenet

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West   Tenet Directed by Christopher Nolan Written by Christopher Nolan   Since his cult classic Memento (2000), Christopher Nolan has time and time again proved he is both a talented writer and director.  His helming of the Batman Trilogy with Christian Bale was a marvelous take on that often rehashed storyline.  Then he wowed audiences with Inception (2010) with Leonardo DiCaprio.  He likes to play with the ideas of memory and time.  He really dived deep into these idea with Interstellar (2014).  Another great mark of a artist that he is to reveal as… Continue reading

The Old Guard

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West The Old Guard Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood Written by Greg Rucka Good pacing, solid character development, and fierce action make this film testament to how action films should be done.  Kudos goes to the writer who is the creator of the comics in handling the characters and giving each of them enough screen time to have the audience care about their outcomes.  The director also has done a fantastic job in capturing the action and performances.  No scenes were wasted here.  With that being said this is a ‘Writing a Movie RIGHT’ review. Here… Continue reading

The Gentlemen

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West The Gentlemen Directed by Guy Ritchie Written by Guy Ritchie, Ivan Atkinson, and Marn Davies Slick crime films with all the British flair possible has always been Guy Ritchie’s forte as a director.  With this film he brings his usual flair but infuses this story with just enough intriguing twists and turns that you are truly surprised by the end, and just want to watch the story even longer.  I am a huge fan of Snatch (2000), Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), and even his Sherlock Holmes films (2009 & 2011) he… Continue reading

Bad Boys For Life

Bad Boys For Life

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Bad Boys for Life Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah Written by Chris Bremner, Peter Craig, and Joe Carnahan It has been 15 years since the characters of Mike Lowrey ( Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) were welcomed by audiences worldwide back in 1995 in the first film of the Bad Boys Franchise.  Injection of the typical buddy cop humor that was largely established by the previous king of buddy cop franchises, Lethal Weapon, but with Bad Boys they amped up the action and heavily banked on the rising star… Continue reading

Jumanji: The Next Level

Jumanji The Next Level

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Jumanji:  The Next Level Directed by Jake Kasdan Written by Jake Kasdan, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg The  Jumanji series has long been an audience favorite at the box office.  The great Robin Williams anchored the original film back in 1995.  In 2017, we got the new Jumanji complete with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillam.  Combining Johnson and Hart is always a recipe for success at the box office and audiences love these actors.  Bringing in Danny Devito and Danny Glover was a solid decision and good way to bring… Continue reading

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The Rise of Skywalker

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Star Wars:  The Rise of Skywalker Directed by J.J. Abrams Written by J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio Like it or not we have arrived to the ending of a saga that started back in 1977 when George Lucas delivered what would become one of the largest franchises in all of history.  When Disney acquired Star Wars from Lucas it was of course a guarantee that we would see films cranked out regularly.  This final trilogy set is a mixed bag for most fans.  I fall on the side of ‘not a fan’ of this… Continue reading

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