The Foreigner

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West The Foreigner Directed by Martin Campbell Written by David Marconi, based upon the novel The Chinaman by Stephen Leather Considering that some film rating sites have largely panned this film, I must say they are missing out on the experience I had.  I quite frankly could NOT have written a better film given the source material.  The only nick pick would be the timing of the IRA menace from the book is better suited for early 90’s era than modern day, but I liked what Marconi did with the screenplay.  This film helmed by … Continue reading

Blade Runner 2049

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Blade Runner 2049 Directed by Denis Villeneuve Written by Hampton Francher, Michael Green Sometimes the curse of memory is too much to bear.  Sometimes that curse of memory can make and break a film.  This is sadly the case for an otherwise near perfect science fiction film that does raise a question of the lines between humans and those who strive to be more like humans.  Yet does this desire foster hope?  If hope can exist in replicants then perhaps this film’s point is that humans over time become so robotic and droned out … Continue reading

American Assassin

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West American Assassin Directed by Michael Cuesta Written by Stephen Schiff, Michale Finch, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz CBS Films really would welcome a hit film series much akin to the Jason Bourne series, but this film suffers from four writers trying to each bring something to a script, but overall nothing in this film is anything you haven’t seen before.  IT has so much foreshadowing that I felt I was shadow boxing the entire film.  The only saving grace is Michael Keaton.  More on the best scenes with him later in the review. Here comes … Continue reading

Logan Lucky

  Logan Lucky Directed by Steven Soderbergh Written by Rebecca Blunt Steven Soderbergh has made quite a career with caper films such as his popular Ocean’s series with George Clooney.  Here we have a different crew, southern locale, and actors trying to pull off their attempts at accents.  There is some mystery over the writer as she has no other credits for writing and this seems to be her first film.  Yet for the most part the film is fresh and dialogues is filled with many quotable lines.  Plot wise there is one issue that seems to have slipped by … Continue reading

The Dark Tower

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West The Dark Tower Directed by Nicolaj Arcel Written by Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, Anders Thomas Jensen, and Nikolaj Arcel Mention the name Stephen King and you instantly know you are in for a solid story as he has long been a master in several genres of writing.  Fans of his Dark Tower series have long awaited the film adaptation.  This has been a long time coming and many studios are looking for the next big series to mine cash from audiences.  Sadly this film does not launch such a series.  With four writers on … Continue reading

Atomic Blonde

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Atomic Blonde Directed by David Leitch Written by Kurt Johnstad David Leitch directs one helluva action movie with some memorable fight sequences that actually feel somewhat authentic.  You get to see people get exhausted from fighting which is a great thing to finally see in a film.  David’s earlier success with his two John Wick films has now brought us to a female action/espionage film which sometimes suffers an identity crisis with the plot full of double and triple agents.  The film has some really good jump scares and it sometimes can be a … Continue reading

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Directed by Luc Besson Written by Luc Besson Luc Besson has had great success in Sci-fi with The cult classic The Fifth Element, and great character driven films like Leon: The Professional.  His films always has visual flair and are always action packed.  He does these things quite well.  Although this is his adaptation based upon graphic novels he loved as a kid; his reach in trying to deliver a cohesive story steps aside for visual fair and action sequences.   When you take your trip … Continue reading

Baby Driver

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Baby Driver Directed by Edgar Wright Written by Edgar Wright Baby Driver is a slick, hip, and oozing with cool tunes film that starts off with its foot on the gas pedal, but unfortunately let’s off midway through to accompany a love story that at first may seem sweet and innocent, but upon further thinking becomes quite uncomfortable to think about.  One director who also wrote this film and although some moments are neat, and slightly unexpected.  It is not without foreshadow, typical story formulas, and missteps. Here comes the spoilers. The film opens … Continue reading

Spiderman: Homecoming

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Spiderman: Homecoming Directed by Jon Watts Written by Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, and Erik Sommers Most of the time too many cooks spoil the soup.  For the latest Spiderman film, this is thankfully not the case.  This will not be a typical Writing Movie ‘WRONGS’, but more so a Writing a Movie ‘RIGHT’.  With most of these writers’ previous successes in writing for various comedies this gives our friendly neighborhood Spiderman the much needed infusion of humor, wit and charm this film needed to nail the character.  … Continue reading

Transformers: The Last Knight

Writing Movie “WRONGS” By Jim West Transformers:  The Last Knight Directed by Michael Bay Written by Art Marcum, Akiva Goldsman, Matt Holloway, and Ken Nolan Michael Bay.  A director that has film after film destroyed more Transformers movies than Decepticons have Autobots.  This film is pure awful.  Not even Mark Wahlberg with old familiar faces of Josh Duhamel and John Turturro can save this film.  It is not their fault.  It is a convoluted script and several ideas that initially seem neat, but never get solidified or utilized fully.  I blame that on the four writers.  Somewhere along the process … Continue reading