Asa Butterfield is so much the best thing about the kid’s book quasi (though much earlier) Hunger Games in the not so distant future playing computer games by children will save the world. Not a million ways from a Phillip K. Dick novel (a specific one, but I can’t remember what it’s called), 12 year old Ender, the youngest of three is the chosen one to lead the world against a civilization of sophisticated ants in a planned attack.
Harrison Ford is Colonel Hyrum Graff and the other in this pas de deux and between them they own this biug budget pas de deux as young Ender learns how to command and kill but at what price? Asa is terrific, he has a preternatural calmness and bothh looks his age but also looks like a timeless sort of Machiavelli tinkering on the rules of war, stuff like first you stop your foe and then you stop them from attacking you again. “He did it for the right reason” Harrison gruffs. Ender ends it and Fraff gruss -ah, got it.
Ender makes enemies and friends in equal parts, usually the same person and in the same order, climaxing with a beautiful looking balletic war game with Moises Arias as the only other actor to make an impression, mostly because he acts with his nose. Ender almost kills him, and that’ll teach you to try and steal the show, big nose.
“Ender’s Game” isn’t a particularly good movie but it is better than “Gravity” and Asa is a terrific actor with a perfect mix of innocence curdled and naivete paid off. In a sense the directing of Asa in the movie exactly mirrors the directing of Ender in the movie.
Guess who wins… no, it’s not that simple, sucker.
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – June 1985 (Volume 17, Number 1)
Creem, at this point, seemed to be looking for new feeding hands to bite.
US Top Ten Albums Tracking 3-10-23 – 3-16-23
a potential top album of the year.
Dawes At Beacon Theatre, Saturday, March 18th, 2023, Reviewed
Refreshingly honest and considerate
Sneak Peaks: Upcoming New Albums 3-24-23 – 3-30-23
can they survive an entire album?
L.A. Burning, West Coast Concert Picks March 20th To 26Th
Fleet Foxes are at the Belasco on Wednesday
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1985 (Volume 16, Number 12)
highlighting hair metal bands simply to make fun of them was more amusing than profitable
UK Top 10 Albums 3-17-23 – 3-23-23
In the US, Morgan will be pushing Miley out in a week or two but in the UK…?
A Superhero For Late Night TV Is On The Way
On his way to save the day… and the night
Robert Smith Is Fighting The Good Fight: Will Scalpers Always Find A Way?
How is Vividseats able to get around this technical problem?
Taylor Swift Began Her Latest World Tour Yesterday in Arizona… Here is the setlist
she really underrepresented her first ten years