The original King Kong from 1933 is an all time cinematic masterpiece. It revolutionized special effects and told an emotional story with a giant ape at it's center. There's been many reboots to the series with the most recent coming from Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson in 2005. Hitting theatres this weekend is the second film in the shared Legendary Monsters universe. The world that started with 2014's Godzilla has now expanded to include everyone's favorite giant primate. But...is it any good?
With Kong: Skull Island's release this week, it's time to take a look back at the original film that started the long tradition of giant monsters. 1933's King Kong revolutionized the way that special effects were used in film. Never before had the world seen a movie of this scale and magnitude. Directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack with special effects by Willis O'Brian, King Kong is simply one of the most important films of all time.
John Wick is one of those movies that sort of came out of nowhere and just blew up when it was released almost two and a half years ago. Keanu Reeves was certainly no stranger to big action movies, but it just seemed unexpected given that he had been a bit out of the “limelight” of late. Before this, his most publicized role seemed to be Constantine. I at least remember thinking I may need to read a word about it when it came out back in 2005. After that, A Scanner Darkly (2006) definitely got some good reviews, but that was an ensemble piece. Street Kings (2008) was somewhat decent. 47 Ronin (2013) fell pretty flat. So yeah, Reeves’ trajectory was no looking so hot.
For the second time in as many years, Fox has managed to make a great R-rated X-Men solo film. While the main series is stagnant and predictable, the solo outings are where the real magic happens. James Mangold's Logan is loosely based on the Old Man Logan story arc. In 2029, the mutants are gone. Of the X-Men, only Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) remain. Hiding out on the Mexican border, Logan cares for an ailing Professor X with the help of mutant tracker Caliban. When a new young mutant arrives, Xavier pressures Logan into helping the young girl make it to her North Dakota destination.
From dive bars to stadiums, from local bands to legends, I’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of awesome shows. Sometimes you know what you’re getting into and sometimes you’re just taken by surprise and turned on to an artist that you didn’t like before. These things have happened to me before and I hope they continue! This list is my 5 favorite major concerts that I’ve attended. These are the ones that have inspired me and helped shape my view on what makes a good rock show.