Collateral Beauty

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Collateral Beauty Directed by David Frankel Written by Allan Loeb Why was this movie made and scheduled for a holiday release?  With a plot that if portrayed straightforward would be just an hour plus of crying, it tries to be uplifting, but instead still depresses you along the way even more. If you intend to write a depressing tear inducing drama, then write a depressing tear inducing drama.  If you intend to write something uplifting write that.  With this cast it is ridiculous that the script completely ruined this film.  Spoilers coming. The film … Continue reading

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Rogue One:  A Star Wars Story Directed by Gareth Edwards Written by Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy, John Knoll, Gary Whitta I am usually one to say film should NOT be split into two films just for sake of profits, and this is just the case for films based upon bestselling books like Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter.  Yet for this film it actually, and honestly needed a second film to expand upon character development.  With two screenplay and two story writers combined, and the news of reshoots and re-edits of this film … Continue reading

Office Christmas Party

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Office Christmas Party Directed by Josh Gordon, Will Speck Written by Laura Solon, Justin Malen, Dan Mazer, Jon Lucas, Scott Moore, and Timothy Dowling With a great cast of very funny people like Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, Jennifer Aniston, TJ Miller, Kate McKinnon, and Rob Corddry there should be plenty of room for the writers to really serve up the laughs.  Yet comedy is hard.  Even with a great comedic cast, six writers, and two directors this film ends up as many films do with the best parts being in the trailer.  Sad indeed … Continue reading

Bad Santa 2

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Bad Santa 2 Directed by Mark Waters Written by Doug Ellin, Shauna Cross, Johnny Rosenthal, John Phillips Edmund Kean’s famous quote, “Dying is easy.  Comedy is hard.”  Is true today as it was in his day.    With four writers on this project from hit shows like Entourage to raunchy comedies like Dirty Grandpa, you would think this one would be a sure fire laugh riot.  Well it unfortunately isn’t.  All jokes aside, this films feels like it had a identity crisis.  Torn between being a hard R comedy to a family drama.  Trying … Continue reading

Doctor Strange

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Doctor Strange Directed by Scott Derrickson Written by Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill Marvel, Marvel, Marvel…when will you break the forgettable villain curse? Zero character development for the villain, Kaecilius, and even less motivation for what his character does in the film.  Although the visuals alone is worth the price of admission (especially in 3D), the story suffers from the lack of respect for what could have been a great villain.  Mads Mikklesen is a splendid actor and it is not his fault that three writers couldn’t give his character meaning.  So … Continue reading

Allied

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Allied Directed by Robert Zemeckis Written by Steven Knight Robert Zemeckis has a great resume of films under his belt.  Back to the Future, Forest Gump, and even had moderate success in the horror genre.  Yet it is drama that his name invokes thoughts of so when Allied featured a trailer that shows Allied as a dramatic thriller I figure this may be something worth watching as he has mastered both.  I was completely wrong on both fronts of drama and thriller.  With a single writer for the screenplay, I will assume this is … Continue reading

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters (Remake) Directed by Paul Fieg Written by Katie Dippold and Paul Feig Hollywood loves to dig up beloved films from movies past and ‘reimagine’ them for a remake for today’s audiences.  Sometimes this works, such as with films like Scorsese’s The Departed (Remake of the 2002 Infernal Affairs) or Cape Fear (remake of the 1962 film of same name), but more often than not it fails horribly. First of all for most fans of the original will hold a special place in their minds.  Second if you imagine to overcome the fondness for the original you have to choose to … Continue reading

The Accountant

The Accountant Directed by Gavin O’Connor Written by Bill Dubuque It has been a good year for Ben Affleck.  Especially now that he seems positioned as DC’s center actor to bring the Justice League together much akin to Robert Downey’s role in the Marvel universe.  Seeing him jump into an action film with a slight twist is a safe move for Ben, but the film felt just in a word…”safe”. Now the action sequences are good, but where this film falls flat is not having more flashbacks to show the gradual increase of ability or further develop the intrigue of … Continue reading

Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad Directed by David Ayer Written by David Ayer This is a film that honestly should not have been made yet.  People will argue that point due to their drooling over Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn (yes I liked those scenes also).  I can easily say this film is a direct result of Guardians of the Galaxy’s success.  Yet this film suffers from the easy storyline of destroying New York.  I for one and sick and tired of watching film after film with a plot line of destroying New York (aka the world according to Hollywood).  Teenage Mutant … Continue reading

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America Civil War Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely Sometimes a twist can be a nice surprise, and sometimes a twist can be a diversion from what was already a good plot as it was. Civil War sets up from the beginning to the end credits the three way fight you are left with.  Iron Man versus Winter Soldier versus Captain America.  Division over changes in the recently executed law pit Captain America against Tony Stark, and when his old buddy turned weapon for Hydra must be found alliances are made and … Continue reading