Posts by Kevin Lincoln
Can Walton Goggins Just Be in Everything, Please?
Goggins is a grenade: If you toss him into your movie, he will blow it up. With ‘American Ultra,’ he’s ascended into that weird echelon of actors whose mere presence in a project makes it worth seeing, if only to watch how that performer chooses to play whatever role he’s taken on.
The Man From Old Blighty: How Guy Ritchie Lost His British Accent
The quality of Ritchie’s movies exists in direct proportion to how British they are. ‘Lock, Stock’ and ‘Snatch’ — his second-best and best movies, respectively — are so British that, to an American, they can verge on incomprehensibility. Sometimes, this incomprehensibility becomes literal, as with Brad Pitt’s character in ‘Snatch.’ But mostly, Ritchie is weaving local tales, imbued with the kind of color and personality that makes the local special.
How the ‘Mission: Impossible’ Series Gets Better With Age
Defying the law of diminishing returns, Tom Cruise’s action franchise just gets better with the more entries he churns out. Here’s a look at how ‘Mission: Impossible’ found itself.
Forget Tiger and Rory: The British Open Was Beautiful Chaos
Golf is sexy. Real sexy.
Across the Universe: How World-Building Blockbusters Have Changed the Art of Screenwriting
With the emphasis on world-building a paramount task for screenwriters now, the shape of their scripts must be more complicated, by necessity. They have to leave room all over for the addition of new characters, plotlines, and possible worlds.
The Art of Escape: ‘The Wolfpack’ and Cinema’s Liberation of the Mind
The Angulo brothers created shot-for-shot remakes of their favorite films to break the barriers of literal confinement, but audiences around the world use movies to flee the limits of their own minds.
With an uproarious sex comedy and an unnerving thriller, Patrick Brice is making his feature directorial debut — twice in the same day — and unexpectedly showing the way forward for how we watch movies now.
You Know Nothing, Kit Harington: Evaluating Jon Snow’s Future As a Movie Star
Can Hollywood’s most celebrated bastard make the leap to big-screen stardom?
Ruined by Motherhood: The Haunting New Film ‘Hungry Hearts’
A new indie starring Adam Driver looks at the corruptive power of a mother’s love.
The Spy Who LOL’d Me: The Enduring Appeal of Espionage Parody Movies
The release of Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Spy’ is the latest in a long line of spy parodies. Why does espionage make us laugh so much?