Skyscraper

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Skyscraper Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber Written by Rawson Marshall Thurber Many people will call this film a Die Hard wanna be.  In actuality the comparisons are few, but the film suffers from many storyline issues and relies so heavily on Dwayne Johnson’s charisma and screen presence to carry this film.  In their attempt to give Dwayne’s portrayal of Will Sawyer with some questions to his abilities to carry action with his amputated leg from an operation that went bad, just falls flat literally and figuratively. Here comes the spoilers. In Hong Kong, a … Continue reading

The Equalizer 2

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West The Equalizer 2 Directed by Antoine Fuqua Written by Richard Wenk Denzel and Fuqua have made some great films together.  Training Day won Denzel his Oscar.  In 2014, they gave us the first Equalizer film and it was a surprise hit to see a former agent with a penchant for timing his fights and pre-calculating every move like a chess player.  This was unique because the character Denzel plays, Robert McCall, uses everything in his surroundings as weapons.  It can be a teapot, a chair, or even bags of flour.  With a solid first … Continue reading

Mission Impossible: Fallout

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Mission Impossible:  Fallout Directed by Christopher McQuarrie Written by Christopher McQuarrie At 56 years old, age is showing across Tom Cruise’s face.  Yet he still manages to convince us he is still capable of doing all of his own stunts on screen.  Mission Impossible films have always raised the bar on the daring stunts Cruise does as Ethan Hunt.  It is largely what propels the set pieces and action, leaving little room for any hugely intriguing storyline.  Yet this film is written and directed by the same guy who delivered the previous Mission Impossible … Continue reading

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Ant-Man and the Wasp Directed by Peyton Reed Written by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, and Gabriel Ferrari The first Ant-man film introduced us to Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), his daughter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), and Scott Lang (Paul Rudd).  In that film Scott robbed the antman suit from Hank Pym and we discovered along with Scott the Quantum Realm which is when you go sub-atomic in size.  This plays huge in this film’s plot.  The writers on this film made sure to make light fun of the pseudo-science talk … Continue reading

Sicario: Day of the Soldado

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Sicario:  Day of the Soldado Directed by Stefano Sollima Written by Taylor Sheridan   The first Sicario staring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin gave us a gritty across the border and back look at drug cartels and the US government’s involvement to meddle and control them.  In this sequel, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin are back and this time there are no rules as Brolin’s Matt Graver character comments at one point in this film.  Sadly there are some rules.  This perhaps is what makes the second half of the … Continue reading

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Solo:  A Star Wars Story Directed by Ron Howard Written by Jonathan Kasdan and Lawrence Kasdan For decades the character of Han Solo as played by Harrison Ford has long been a huge fan favorite character from George Lucas’ Star Wars films.  A sort of rebel without a cause attitude, and a fly by the seat of his pants life is what really draws fans to his character.  So with a film that intends to show us how the man we know as Han Solo become to be; needless to say the bar is … Continue reading

Ocean’s 8

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Ocean’s 8 Directed by Gary Ross Written by Gary Ross and Olivia Milch George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh had a successful series run with the Ocean’s films that managed to make several films with all male cast that now Hollywood decided it is time for the ladies to gang up.  In this film we have Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, and Awkwafina take on a heist of jewels at the Met Gala.  It is a heist with a revenge plot, and pretty straightforward story.  The … Continue reading

Deadpool 2

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Deadpool 2 Directed by David Leitch Written by Fresh off the mixed bag that was Avengers Infinity War and going up against the latest regurgitation from Disney for a standalone Star Wars film, Deadpool had only one job to do and that was entertain.  This film does it in spades.  Serving up not only issues with the Marvel Superhero films, but they also give the DC films their fair shots.  The writers did a great job cramming in so many easter eggs and references galore that it often feels like it is a film … Continue reading

Avengers: Infinity War

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Avengers:  Infinity War Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely A decade of buildup in what has been a feat of movie magic to layer and bring these various characters to the screen and now we are wrapping up a culmination of the decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (referred lovingly as the MCU).  This film clocks in under 3 hours and it is most likely another hour plus of film edits that hopefully will get to be seen in extended cuts.  This film is meant to … Continue reading

A Quiet Place

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West A Quiet Place Directed by John Krasinski Written by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski Back in the early days of cinema, actors and actresses had to use only their facial expressions and body language to tell the story. Here in this film, those elements are reintroduced again, but in a world were alien creatures hunt by sound as the backdrop to a film that actually benefits from not explaining things, and having less dialogue. John Krasinski, perhaps best known for his role as Jim Halpert on the sitcom The Office, directs and … Continue reading