The viewing experience sometimes needs to
be shared, and I’m talking about films beyond the obvious genre
exercises — the found-footage horrors where very little happens,
seemingly made for midnight screenings, or the mythic displays of
cartoonish world-beating violence that dominate the shared mythic realms
of our comic book universes.
Expertly merging the
lofty romantic notions we’ve come to expect from stories of lovers blown
apart by the winds of war, veteran television director James Kent captures the literary nuances likely infused in the autobiography of
Peruvian writer-director Claudia Llosa (The Milk of Sorrow) takes audiences on a journey into the seemingly barren spiritual and emotional divide between a mother (Jennifer Connelly) and the now-adult son (Cillian Murphy) she abandoned much earlier in the child’s life.
The line, “I ain’t got the time, and if my daddy thinks I’m fine …” from Amy Winehouse’s breakthrough single, “Rehab,” became her way out of going to rehab for a drug problem that apparently everyone close to her saw but could do nothing to prevent. Listening to the song now, it all seems so obvious, and maybe the song itself was her way of crying out for help.
The Despicable Me sidekicks get their own franchise offshoot, which is explained as a prequel to their time with criminal mastermind Gru (Steve Carell), when they were lowly but eager underlings in search of a super-villain with the right stuff to lead them to nefarious glory.
The latest narrative take on the question of immortality unfolds in the new film from Tarsem Singh (the music video wunderkind who then directed The Cell, the surreal journey into the mind of a serial killer with Jennifer Lopez, before slipping into the slightly less trippy loop with The Fall and Immortals).
Since filmmaking collaborators Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing teamed up back in 2011 on Kid HULK
— a four-minute short about a young Bruce Banner who helps a girl deal
with bullies —
it might be logical to assume that the pair might have been interested
in attracting the attention of the Marvel-movie-universe brain trust in
the hope of securing a coveted gig helming one of the highly anticipated
superhero features on the horizon.