Wonder Woman

June 5, 2017 by  

The superhero movieverse continues to expand, and DC is desperately trying to keep up with Marvel. In the comic book world, they’re fairly even. Superman and Batman pretty much rule the empire, but the feminist icon Wonder Woman isn’t that far behind. They’re all a part of the Justice League, that also includes Green Lantern (…) and Aquaman. In the movie world, DC has had lackluster results for the most part compared to Marvel. But they want to change that, and “Wonder... Keep Reading...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

May 10, 2017 by  

In 2014, we were treated to a new batch of heroes from Marvel Cinematic Universe. I was skeptical at first because I had never even heard of this comic book series before. It turns out, the Guardians go back to 1969, however the ones depicted in the film are from a “modern” reinvention, that goes back to the latter part of the 20th century. While there’s history there, this is a relatively new series. Nevertheless, my wariness for a new comic book franchise was diminished when I... Keep Reading...

Get Out

April 3, 2017 by  

“Get Out” is a truly original horror film experience. Writer/director Jordan Peele, who has a background in comedy, is able to weave humor and satire into a striking, sometimes shocking thriller about a black man going to his white girlfriend’s parents’ house to ‘meet the parents’ for the first time. This premise seems more appropriate for a summer rom-com; but Peele uses it as a chance to make a statement about race relations, and status in this country. Chris... Keep Reading...

Hidden Figures

February 15, 2017 by  

The space race made NASA a household name, and America became a powerhouse by winning the space race in 1969 when they put the first human on the moon. It’s the centerpiece to modern science, and one of the greatest achievements we always point to as a cornerstone to the gateway to the future. We all know Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon, we all know the conspiracy–just kidding–the fact that the moon landing happened. But what a lot of people didn’t know, me included,... Keep Reading...

La La Land

January 24, 2017 by  

“La La Land” is a musical that begins like any other musical does, but doesn’t end like many I’ve seen. It’s written and directed by Damien Chazelle, who made 2014’s “Whiplash” and co-wrote “10 Cloverfield Lane”. “La La Land” has moments of the delirium of a typical musical, mixed with some realism and cynicism that is usually saved for another genre. It is an interesting concept, and for the most part, it works quite well. It... Keep Reading...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

December 20, 2016 by  

“Rebellions are built on hope”. That’s what “Rogue One”, or Episode 3.5, of the “Star Wars” film franchise, bases its story on. The rebellion, the Rebel Alliance, what we come to root for in the most recognizable of the films, “A New Hope”–or as it was originally called, “Star Wars”. But the Alliance isn’t as positively reinforced as it was in “A New Hope”. Here, the rebellion can get ugly, and lines can be... Keep Reading...

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

November 18, 2016 by  

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is an adaptation of sorts of a 2001 publication J.K. Rowling made under the pseudonym Newt Scamander. The book is meant to be a scrapbook journal of fantastical creatures that Scamander has found and cared for throughout his life. He is mentioned briefly in the first “Harry Potter” book, but he does not appear in any of the books or films. The book itself did not have its own story or narrative, it was just meant to be a companion... Keep Reading...

Doctor Strange

November 8, 2016 by  

The Marvel Universe, like any universe, can always welcome Benedict Cumberbatch with open arms. He takes the character of Doctor Strange–that’s his real name, not just his super hero name–an arrogant, callous, selfish surgeon who is involved in a car crash that nearly destroys his hands. This of course renders him useless as a surgeon; and even though the crash was 100% his fault, he still goes on a quest to try and heal his hands because he doesn’t think that maybe he deserves... Keep Reading...

Unfriended

November 7, 2016 by  

Back in 1996, there was an FMV PC video game called “Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of┬áthe Flesh”. It was a sequel to the popular horror game “Phantasmagoria” obviously, but it had an element that I hadn’t really seen in a video game before: ghosts invading your computer. The main character, Curtis, is an office jockey who starts losing his mind. He starts seeing strange emails dropping in, eerily warning him or mocking him. It was very creepy, and effective. As mundane... Keep Reading...

The Green Inferno

October 31, 2016 by  

Eli Roth doesn’t beat around the bush. When he wants to make a statement, social commentary, he certainly doesn’t hold back. The horror genre serves him well, and you can tell how much glee he takes in paying homage to classics in his own films. He’s extremely well versed in grindhouse horror, and seems to enjoy the exploitation angle very much. That couldn’t be more obvious than in his film, “The Green Inferno”, which is a title taken from the 1980 cannibal classic,... Keep Reading...

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