‘Logan Lucky’ Review

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Wow, Steven Soderbergh knows how to make an entertaining heist film! Logan Lucky is easily on par with Soderbergh’s previous heist films: Ocean’s 11, Ocean’s 12, and Ocean’s 13. Logan Lucky is a film about a blue-collar construction worker, Jimmy Logan, who hatches a plan to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Coca-Cola 600 after being fired for liability reasons. There were many positives about this film. From the start, this film was hilarious. In the theater, I laughed out loud multiple times and I giggled even more at the subtle comedy and pop culture references. The casting was phenomenal. One of the main reasons I wanted to see this film was to find out if Daniel Craig would actually hold a Southern US accent, and he does! You would think he was actually from West Virginia. He proves that he is way more than James Bond as he plays the character of Joe Bang. Also, his scenes with the Logan brothers were some of the best in the film. Channing Tatum and Adam Driver are also great as Jimmy and Clyde Logan, respectively. They had great on-screen chemistry and acted like they had spent a lifetime with each other. Watching Jimmy’s expressions as Clyde revisits all the unfortunate events that affected their family over the years was enjoyable. This also added more credence to the title of the film since their family is known for having bad luck. For example, Clyde lost his arm in the Iraq War and Jimmy blew out his knee while playing football. The rest of the cast is a nice addition to the film, as well, and they never break character, save for maybe once. It’s nice to see Katie Holmes acting again, even if it is in a smaller role. Being from the Carolinas, I appreciated that Steven Soderbergh captured the atmosphere of NASCAR so perfectly. There are many Southerners who enjoy watching NASCAR as much as they enjoy watching the NFL. Even though he was poking fun at Southerners in the comedy, I think it was almost spot on. I have a friend who works for NASCAR, so I’m going to have to ask him if the physics of the heist would actually work since the film made the entire situation believable. The only negative that I have about the film is also the only thing that I am sure is not true. The director makes it seem as if Boone County, West Virginia and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina are an hour away from each other. I know for a fact that this is not the case, but it is the only nitpick that I have with the film. I give Lucky Logan an Excellent 9.5/10. I enjoyed this film for what it was, which is a hillbilly version of Hell or High Water. Also, watch out for the cameos from Seth MacFarlane, Sebastian Stan, and Hilary Swank because they are equally great!


Bond 25: Why Christopher Nolan Is The Director We Deserve And Need Right Now!


Nolan IMAXChristopher Nolan is what we would call a triple threat. He is an amazing writer, producer, and director. Looking at most of the films he’s been involved with over the past 15 years, all have received praise from both the critics and the fans. His movies are considered instant classics or cult classics. Bringing Nolan on to direct the next film in the James Bond franchise is, without a doubt, a slam-dunk. What Sam Mendes did with Skyfall and Spectre was great, but it is time to get a fresh take on the gentleman spy. Hiring Nolan to direct Bond 25 would benefit his career, the studios, and of course, the many fans of the series.

His Film Portfolio

Nolan TDKRChristopher Nolan has directed some great films. Both the critics and the fans enjoy his films. While some of his themes are consistent throughout his films, the films themselves are very different. He likes to work in various genres and time periods within the films he writes and directs. He started with the psychological thrillers: Memento and Insomnia. Then, he moved into the superhero genre, with The Dark Knight Trilogy, where Heath Ledger won his posthumous Academy Award for best supporting actor. Nolan had a mystery thriller in The Prestige, and then he ventured into the sci-fi realm with Inception and Interstellar. His most recent film, Dunkirk, was his first stab at a war film. A British spy film would be something new for him, and we now know that it’s something he is interested in doing, based on his interview with Playboy.

“A Bond movie, definitely…I’ve spoken to the producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson over the years. I deeply love the character, and I’m always excited to see what they do with it. Maybe one day that would work out. You’d have to be needed, if you know what I mean. It has to need reinvention; it has to need you. And they’re getting along very well.”

Academy Awards & Box Office

Nolan’s nine films have garnered a total of 26 Oscar nominations with seven wins. The Dark Knight won an academy award for best supporting actor, and best sound editing, but many thought it should have also won best picture at the 81st Academy Awards. Inception won big at the 83rd Academy Awards, taking home Oscars in the categories of cinematography, sound editing, sound mixing, and visual effects. Lastly, Interstellar took home an Academy Award for best visual effects at the 87th Academy Awards. His films have also grossed over $4.2 billion USD worldwide. He has yet to experience a “box office flop,” and at the rate he’s going, it doesn’t look like he ever will.

His Rotten Tomatoes Scores

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Speaking of critical praise, all of the films that Christopher Nolan has written or directed are certified “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes. Clearly, he knows how to speak to both critics and fans, as there is seems to be no disconnect between the groups on rating his films. The studio needs a director like that to carry on the James Bond franchise. Many moviegoers consider a film’s score on Rotten Tomatoes before deciding to go see it in theaters. Having a director like Christopher Nolan attached to a 007 film almost guarantees a large quantity of people will go see it.

The Daniel Craig Curse

Daniel Craig is universally loved as the best James Bond since Sean Connery. Yet, his 007 films have a strange pattern of approval in that every other film is not well received. When Casino Royale came out, everyone had high praise for the film and was excited about the new franchise, but when Quantum of Solace hit theaters, it was met with lukewarm reviews. The next film in the franchise, Skyfall, hit big, being the first of the 007 films to make over $1 billion USD. The latest film, Spectre, even though it made a lot of money, unfortunately, did not hit the billion-dollar mark, and was considered unable to capitalize on its potential. If the series continues with this trend, then Bond 25 should be a well-received film. Nolan would join the franchise during the trend’s upswing, gaining more attention from superstitious fans that have been following this well-known pattern in the series.

Hopefully, Christopher Nolan will decide to make Bond 25 his next film. It will be a change for him to take on a franchise that he did not start, but I believe he could handle it. Each new film in the series is a new mission, so even though Nolan would have to adhere to some of the continuity that was set up in the previous films, he has a lot of wiggle room to make it his own. I’m sure he would want to be involved in the writing of the script to make sure some of his ideas and themes are expressed. Also, I think he would add some of his regulars, including Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and Michael Caine, to the already stellar cast of the current franchise.

What are your thoughts on Christopher Nolan directing a James Bond film? Leave your thoughts below.

‘Skyfall’ Review


Man, who doesn’t love a good James Bond movie? I know I do! The good thing about Skyfall is that it’s a great James Bond movie. It is clearly the best one of the rebooted series and one of the best ones of the entire series. This film is, dare I say it, extraepic™. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. This was one of the best films that I had the pleasure to see this year. Right up there with The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers. Daniel Craig has his best performance yet as James Bond. We see him now as an older and experienced Bond who has grown tired of being a field agent. After being mistakenly shot on a mission he thought to be dead, but actually, he uses the time to live a life free of MI6. This is until an unseen foe begins to target M and he must return to active duty. I have to say it was great to see Bond struggle. We’ve never seen a Bond who wasn’t the best he could be. He clearly knows in the film that he is not the same man he used to be, he has lost something that made him the cold-blooded killer he was before. I can give nothing but praise to Craig as he was terrific and a treat to watch. Judi Dench was great also in her final appearance as M. The reason behind this is because of her macular degeneration. Still seeing her as the stubborn M was nice. The relationship between her character and Bond was something akin to a mother and son. It was clear how much they cared for each other even though they tried to hide it. The only sad part is that this was the last time we get to see them together on film. In possibly one of his best performances yet we get our creepy and insanely smart Bond villain Raoul Silva, played by Javier Bardem. His performance was nothing short of stunning. His character was just the villain Bond needed to make this movie great. He was a former agent of MI6 and knew all about M and what happened to Bond. He was also left to die on a mission, but through a miracle, he survived. His course for revenge was expertly planned and very well executed. The film also has other characters making their first appearances in this new series including Ms. Moneypenny, Q, and Gareth Mallory who becomes the new M. they are played by Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, and Ralph Fiennes respectively. Each of their performances were on par with the great acting this film upheld. The film also has awe-inspiring locations that look beautiful on the silver screen. The is also the first film to talk about Bond’s past and we even learn his parent’s names. This was the perfect Bond film and was enjoyable from opening to close. With its great acting, superior locations, amazing story, and funny tidbits to older Bond films I give Skyfall an Excellent 10/10!