Can Sylvester Stallone still kick butt at age 75? The new superhero film Samaritan will answer that question, with the help of a little movie magic.
Based on a series of graphic novels, Samaritan tells the story of Joe Smith (Sylvester Stallone), a reclusive older man who grudgingly befriends his young neighbor Sam (Javon Walton). When Sam and his home are threatened, Smith puts his Samaritan armor back on to save his city from destruction. The film - delayed by COVID like so many others - hails from Julius Avery, who made the underrated and entertaining Overlord. The cast also includes Dascha Polanco (In the Heights), Martin Starr (Spider-Man: Far from Home) and Moises Arias (The King of Staten Island).
Samaritan premieres exclusively on Prime Video on Friday, August 26.
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about.
I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague.
Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work.
In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo.
I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.