“Abominable” opens with a monster-eye view shot, fairly long, of the monster’s escape from a high-security detention area. Large, strong, and not verbal but capable of emotive grunts and hums, the huge beast fights its way to freedom, into the city beyond its prison—which, we learn quickly, is Shanghai, China’s most populous urban area.
The master Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016) stuck to his filmmaking ways, even through his final illness, spending as much time as his health permitted on an abstract, feature-length project.
Four views of a disco ball, stacked vertically. The ball itself has all the mirrored facets necessary to throw rainbow points of light around a room, but the photos are black and white, and the ball itself looks flattened, as if stepped on by a giant.
Intertwining history, psychology, emotion, and the hit music of yesteryear together in an ambitious dinner theatre project might seem like a big bite to take.
Ash Mayfair, born and raised in Vietnam and schooled in film at New York University, chose a story from her own family tree for her striking debut feature, “The Third Wife.”
“I am not from here originally,” confessed theatrical director Mathew Wright. “I’m not sure how long it takes to officially be considered a Seattlelite, but I certainly feel like one. I moved here in July 2011, so it’s been almost eight years.”
Memorizing a 68-page monologue might sound like an impossible mountain to climb. But for Filipino film star Jake Macapagal, that was all in a day’s work.
Very few folks grow up with not one, but two martial arts experts for parents. But for Mark Dacascos, who excels on the workout floor, as well as on the silver screen, that was all simply part of growing up.
“Hellboy,” director Neil Marshall’s reboot of the popular film series (derived from the comic books created by Mike Mignola), runs two hours and might well have been twice as good at three-fourths that length. I haven’t seen the first two films, but I’m led to understand they crackled with energy and moved fast.
The “Ip Man” film series, so far, kept fairly close to the legend (and to a certain extent, the life) of Ip Man himself, a real-life Cantonese master of Wing Chun. Ip Man dominated Chinese martial arts during the early half of the 20th century, and taught, among others, a young Bruce Lee.