Interstellar is Visually Impressive, But Ultimately Disappoints

interstellarfilm5For more than 30 years, the gold standard for directors with vision, imagination and the ability to create compelling worlds that transport the viewer was Steven Spielberg. “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T.” and “Jurassic Park” are just a few of his most memorable creations over the years.

In the last 20 years or so, Spielberg has veered away from more fantastical subject matter to making films like “War Horse” or “Lincoln,” leaving it up to younger filmmakers to follow in his footsteps.

Probably the best young visionary directors today are J.J. Abrams and Christopher Nolan. Nolan drew attention with smaller films, like “Memento” and “Insomnia,” but it was his reboot of the “Batman” films that established him as a one of the most formidable talents in Hollywood. Not content with simply remaking the films, Nolan reimagined the “Batman” series by taking a more realistic look at what the world would look like if a city was protected by a masked vigilante. The second film, “The Dark Knight,” is probably the greatest action film of the 2000s and its sequel, “The Dark Knight Rises,” is not far behind.

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Appreciate AC/DC… While you still can

acdc-rock-or-bust-2014Writer Gretchen Rubin once said, “Being taken for granted is an unpleasant but sincere form of praise. Ironically, the more reliable you are, and the less you complain, the more likely you are to be taken for granted.”

Coincidentally, I used Google to find that quote, something I often take for granted to find information, particularly quotes that make me seem worldly and educated. I looked it up because I wanted to find a quote that perfectly summed up my feelings on AC/DC, because it sure looks like we’re not going to have them for much longer.

The Australian hard rock quintet is set to release their eleventybillionth album, “Rock or Bust,” later this month, to answer the question “what has AC/DC been doing lately to warrant this article?” that none of you are asking. But most of the publicity the band has procured in the past few months has been of the damning variety. Continue reading