Independence Day: Resurgence

June 29, 2016 by  

Back in the spring of 1996, I was a junior in high school, and I was intrigued by a very short but extremely effective movie trailer: July 2nd, they arrive. July 3rd, they attack. July 4th is…Independence Day. And a lot of things blowing up. It was as simple a concept as you could have, and yet it was all I needed to be absolutely stoked to see what “Independence Day” had to offer. Back then, there was really no internet (although I was a frequent patron of America On-Line and its... Keep Reading...

10 Cloverfield Lane

March 16, 2016 by  

“Cloverfield” was a 2008 monster movie that wanted to be part “Blair Witch Project”, part “Independence Day”, and part “Godzilla”. For me, the film failed to even be close to any of those in quality and in execution. The characters were at best boring, at worst irritating; and the film’s guerrilla-style camerawork was either dizzying or too unfocused and felt forced as “amateurish”. Every actor was too good looking to be considered... Keep Reading...

The VVitch

February 22, 2016 by  

“The Witch” is an ambitious horror film that is billed as “A New England Folktale”. It centers around a family in the 17th century, during the height of the Salem witch trials, that leaves a plantation due to disagreements that the father in the family has with the congregation. The father, William (Ralph Ineson), is devoutly religious and definitely Puritan, and believes that the family could do God’s work better on their own. This leads to them being banished, and... Keep Reading...

The Revenant

January 28, 2016 by  

“The Revenant” is a brutal film to watch, and can make one feel a bit unclean after viewing it. It’s the kind of film you’re glad you saw, and are even more glad you’ll never have to see it again. The film stars Leonard DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, an expert tracker and fur trapper, who assists a group of trappers led by Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson), and is mauled by a bear after fleeing from a tribe of Arikara who ambushes them. The group is less than thrilled to be with... Keep Reading...

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

December 23, 2015 by  

“Star Wars” has become less a film franchise and more a cultural phenomenon in the past decade, and a new film–the first not to be helmed by George Lucas–seems almost moot when it comes to critiquing its merits as a film. We know what to expect at this point. Episodes IV, V, and VI all told the story of the Rebellion versus the Galactic Empire. Small fry versus big guy. David vs. Goliath. It was a story we all could relate to; we all wanted to be like Han Solo, but were probably... Keep Reading...

Krampus

December 7, 2015 by  

The opening sequence of the holiday comedy/horror film “Krampus” should tell you exactly where writer/director Michael Dougherty (“Trick R Treat”) is coming from and what kind of story he is going to tell with this darkly comic romp. It opens with “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” sung by Bing Crosby, set to scenes of impatient shoppers ravaging malls and knocking people over to get the last hot toy or gift on the shelves. The contrast is obvious... Keep Reading...

Creed

December 1, 2015 by  

“Creed” is technically the seventh “Rocky” film, and it’s probably the best since the original “Rocky” in 1976. While “Rocky Balboa” was a great apology for “Rocky V”, “Creed” is a fresh start that begins a new legacy and starts to say good-bye to an old one. The film opens up with Creed as a young boy, known as Adonis “Donnie” Johnson, who seems to be a magnet for fighting at the juvenile correctional facility... Keep Reading...

Crimson Peak

October 20, 2015 by  

Period piece horror films are very hard to pull off. First you have to pull off the period piece. Everyone has to look like they come from that period, and they have to sound like they do. The mannerisms, the demeanor, all have to line up. Then, it has to have horror elements, atmosphere, and mood. If you can pull these off simultaneously, it’s quite an achievement. As hard as Guillermo Del Toro works to execute this, the film falls short. I did believe the period, and I did believe the atmosphere.... Keep Reading...

The Martian

October 13, 2015 by  

If we ever had an astronaut on Mars, I’d want it to be Mark Watney. Actually, nevermind that. I’d want it to be Matt Damon. Like in many “lone survivor” films, an appealing lead is vital. And here, Matt Damon absolutely owns the film and makes a somewhat agreeable film into a piece of outstanding entertainment. Fleshing out the attractive cast is the always faithful Jeff Daniels, Chiwitel Ejiofor, Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain, Sean Bean, and…Kristen Wiig. The story, based... Keep Reading...

Everest

September 28, 2015 by  

Growing up, I had a fascination with Mount Everest. I still have a National Geographic issue that focused on the mountain. I had fantasies of one day ascending and climbing to the summit. Then, I read “Into Thin Air”, Jon Krakauer’s account of what’s now known as the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, and it’s  not really on my to-do list anymore. Not only because of what happens to the climbers, but Krakauer did such a fine job of putting you on that mountain with them that... Keep Reading...

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