Director Joseph Kosinski dials in just the right amount of nostalgia with the same music, settings, and performance songs, beaming us all back to the hazy VHS days of the late 80s and early 90s when Top Gun was still a force to be reckoned with on Sunday afternoons.
Tom Cruise again stars as the toothy "what the hell" rule-bending "Maverick" 36 years after the original 1986 Top Gun movie. Great if you like Top Gun and Tom Cruise because Top Gun: Maverick is full-on Top Gun Tom Cruise.
Perhaps it's safe to say that music lovers overestimate how much an average person cares about music. Nowadays, albums are long-form artistic statements consumed like films — play once, thumbs up or down.
This book by the distinguished Hong Kong jurist, Henry Litton, provides a penetrating analysis of a series of high profile cases. Throughout the book, Litton highlights repeated failures to stop the initiation of improperly based judicial review applications - many of which are publicly funded by legal aid. Some may disagree with the central case made. But where they do, most will still find themselves thinking deeply about what is argued in this highly readable work.
Exhaustion for Gotham City and its bat-themed caped crusader must exist. Haven't we reached superhero saturation yet? How many Batman movies must society endure until we run out of time to stop climate change?
'Don't Look Up' is more disaster than disaster movie.
It unconsciously invents a unique brand of non-comedy because, well, stupidity in the face of the apocalypse isn't funny. More unfunny are the didactic principles of director Adam McKay's supposed satire, which doggedly pits America's rabid late-stage capitalism and systemic incompetence as the ONLY thing that would and could save us while pointing and laughing at how collectively stupid society is.
I was warming to Netflix's live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop, the late-90s neo-noir "space western" anime classic when it got royally canned after a spate of horrendous reviews. Poorly received by critics and original space cowboy fans alike, Netflix dropped the axe in December, a measly 21 days after its November 19 premiere.
All band members look uncomfortable and bewildered as each second of their workday is spied upon.
In the flux of blossoming into a competitive songwriter within the group yet still outside the Lennon-McCartney partnership, George Harrison's frustration boils over, and he finally quits. More profound Beatles scholarship will attest to Harrison's marital problems at the time as one reason for his abrupt departure.
We all need a maxim to live by, so here's one. Never trust anyone who doesn't like The Beatles. Also, toast. Do you like toast? They're the same—universally accepted brilliance. Coincidence then that the only thing The Beatles seem to eat in "Get Back," Peter Jackson's reconstruction of a documentary film from 1969, is toast.
The plot follows the brothers from river-village life to PVA infantrymen. There's much bonding and merriment among the ranks of disparate soldiers, who recall family life, finding humanity in their collective plight. The fact that every soldier ever goes through the gamut of human emotion in a war is enough to lure us in, regardless of storytelling origin.
Written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, Squid Game is a profoundly resonant work that deals with the human psychology of inequality and economic exploitation in capitalist South Korea. The mini-series picks up the threads of the moral convulsions of big-budget dystopian survival dramas like 2000's Japanese movie Battle Royale and The Hunger Games movie franchise. But as razor-sharp modern K-content, it more thematically works as a running accompaniment to 2019's Oscar-winning Parasite, which offered a glimpse into South Korea's raging class divisions.