In the second of a series of short pieces about films in the public domain, I take a look at Dziga Vertov's increasingly acclaimed Soviet silent experiment, Man With a Movie Camera.
Mostly ignored or dismissed upon its original release in the Soviet Union in 1929, Dziga Vertov's Man With a Movie Camera eventually became one of the most celebrated experimental films of all time.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) [IMDB]
Directed by James Gunn
Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Kurt Russell
The team of misfits that form a comic tangent to the Marvel Cinematic Universe get a second run-out in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. While the CGI action is more numbing than exciting, this spacefaring sequel has charm and wit to spare.
By 2014, the MCU was well-established and lucrative but in danger of becoming stale. Guardians of the Galaxy felt fresh, deftly introducing a new team of eccentric heroes without the years of buildup the Avengers had required. Better yet, Starlord and his crew were shown to exist in relative isolation from the rest of Marvel's universe, offering a degree of freedom from the straitjacket of continuity.
1987 marked the only point in his career when John Woo - never fond of sequels - made a follow-up to one of his own films. The immense success of A Better Tomorrow led Cinema City to push for a continuation and Woo agreed, in part because comedian Dean Shek - one of the studio's co-founders - was in a poor financial position.
After being shot successfully in Hong Kong and New York City, A Better Tomorrow II had a difficult editing process, and Woo is said to have disowned much of the film. While the need to bring back Chow Yun-fat imposes a degree of implausibility to the story and the film doesn't equal its predecessor, ABT II is still an fascinating sequel with a number of masterful action sequences.
Sometime film reviewer, Letterboxd user, novice Blu-Ray collector. Top 3 directors: Woo, Hill, Leone.
Henry V (UK, 1989) ★★★★½
The Fast and the Furious (USA, 2001) ★★★★
Goodfellas (USA, 1990) ★★★★★
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