The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
Cormac McCarthy’s bones and Ridley Scott's style do not make The Counselor something more than an interesting curiosity. A film that seems destined more to be remembered as that move where Cameron Diaz does that thing with the car than anything else.
The Shootist is the story of J.B. Books( John Wayne) who is one of the last living gunfighters of the disappearing old west. When he gets a diagnosis of cancer he decides to return to Carson City, Nevada to get a second opinion from the only doctor he trusts, Dr. Hostetler( James Stewart). When Dr. Hostetler gives him limited time to live he decides to stay in Carson City to die and ends up in the boarding house run by the widow Bond Rogers( Lauren Bacall) and her son Gillom Rogers( Ron Howard).
The majority of the story focuses on the changing relationship between Ms. Rogers and J.B. Books as she goes from despising him to truly caring
John Wayne as J.B. Books.
and worrying about him. The story also spends time focusing on his impending death and how proudly he lived his life and how he wants his final time to be lived that way but at the same time he realizes some of his faults and begins to try to change those while staying true to his values.
The fact that this is John Wayne's last film before dying three years later and the fact that it tells the story of J.B. Books coming death is not lost on his fans.