If they were in television… JJ Abrams

Notable films: Mission Impossible III and Star Trek.

Famous for: Breathing new life in old franchises, science fiction, character focused drama in big-budget actions, well-orchestrated visuals, brightly-lit sets even for dark materials, the hit TV show Lost and other serialized television work.

Hypothetical title: Aftermath Continue reading

REVIEW: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Directed by: Rob Marshall
Written by: Ted Elliot and Terri Rossio
Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane

It’s been four years since the last ‘Pirates’ movie sailed to the top of the summer box office, yet it doesn’t feel like its been all that long ago since we’ve been on a journey with Captain Jack Sparrow.

In eight years, there have been four films, three grossing a staggering $2.6 billion at the box office and presumably even more money in merchandising and licensing for Disney. All from a theme park ride.

Certainly poised to make somewhat less than the others due to age, competition and feelings on the third film, On Stranger Tides will still be a hit despite the harsh reviews rolling in from critics. Continue reading