The Shape of Water

February 15, 2018 by  

Guillermo del Toro always has a way of blending fantasy with reality, and did it to perfection with “Pan’s Labyrinth”. Since then he’s been hit or miss; but here, he takes a familiar story and tells it predictably–yet, it is still an amicable and poignant film. A mute, lonely woman, Elisa (Sally Hawkins), works at a top secret government lab, as a custodian. Her only “friends” are her co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer), and Giles, her next-door neighbor at... Keep Reading...

The Greatest Showman

February 7, 2018 by  

If you were looking to learn more on the life of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” is probably not your best resource. If you were looking for a bombastic, CGI-infused and light hearted carnival, the film will not disappoint. The question is, which did you want to see? For me personally, the former would have been preferable to the latter. While there are some strong moments in the just-shy-of-two-hours film, “The Greatest Showman” lacks depth, character development, and... Keep Reading...

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

December 28, 2017 by  

40 years ago, the “Star Wars” phenomenon began with “A New Hope” (then only called “Star Wars”). It ushered in a new kind of film franchise: the sci-fi action film. It broke box office records, and along with “Jaws”, began to define a new sub-genre of film: the blockbuster. Since then, we all know the story. We all know the characters. We all know the downfall. In 2015, “Star Wars” came back to the “original trilogy” to continue... Keep Reading...

The Disaster Artist

December 13, 2017 by  

Nearly 20 years ago, a simple immigrant-turned-citizen Tommy Wiseau had a dream. Nearly 15 years ago, that dream was realized in the form of a film that has been chastised (and lauded) as the “worst movie of all time”, and on par with “Plan 9 From Outer Space”. That film, “The Room”, becomes the basis of this semi-biopic of Wiseau, which is based on the book of the same name by “The Room”‘s co-star, Greg Sestero. Though the POV is Greg’s... Keep Reading...

Murder On the Orient Express

November 15, 2017 by  

Agatha Christie is the definition of who-dun-it crime stories. Anytime you think of murder mystery, her name immediately comes to mind–and for good reason. One of her most popular stories, “Murder On the Orient Express”, had been adapted a few times before this 2017 version. Its’ most notable is the 1974 version with Albert Finney as the famous detective Hercule Poirot. The story follows a train carrying a load of passengers, seemingly unfamiliar with each other but all recognize... Keep Reading...

Thor: Ragnarok

November 9, 2017 by  

Ragnarok is basically the Norse mythology version of the Apocalypse. I won’t get into the whole thing, because it can get pretty complicated, but it basically serves as the ultimate plot device of “Thor: Ragnarok”. Kind of. This is a Marvel film, and as we’ve come to know, these movies aren’t to be taken too seriously. They are cinematic comic books. Colorful, humorous, and full of action. All three have been strengths in the “Thor” series; and here, thanks... Keep Reading...

Blade Runner 2049

October 10, 2017 by  

In 1982, Ridley Scott brought us “Blade Runner”, an intriguing, cerebral sci-fi flick set in the future, adapted from a Philip K. Dick short story entitled “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”. Make your own assessment of which had the better title; but I know what my answer’d be. The film wasn’t a success at the box office, despite having the star power of Harrison Ford, and some young talent like Sean Young. It was too slow, too dark, and miserable, in a year... Keep Reading...

It

September 11, 2017 by  

Stephen King’s “It” came out in 1986, and was a huge best seller, becoming one of his hallmark novels. In 1990 it was adapted for television and broadcast by ABC in the fall. The miniseries obviously had to tone down much of the gore and sex from the book, but still retained important themes and most of the plot. Seven children come together one summer and unite against an evil force that is tearing up the town of Derry, Maine. 27 years later, they come back to Derry to finish it... Keep Reading...

Dunkirk

August 9, 2017 by  

In the spring of 1940, well before the US joined the allied forces in WWII, things looked pretty grim for Europe. Germany had taken Poland, and had advanced into France, while England became a sitting duck. German forces pushed English and France armies to the brink, bringing them to the shores of Dunkirk, a beach along the coast of France. Christopher Nolan’s noble “Dunkirk” attempts to retell the evacuation attempt and rescue on that beach; for the most part, he achieves something... Keep Reading...

War For the Planet of the Apes

July 24, 2017 by  

“I can only imagine what you think of me.” “I think you have no mercy.” That’s an exchange between Caesar (Andy Serkis), leader of the apes; and The Colonel (Woody Harrelson), who leads a paramilitary group known as Alpha-Omega. It borders on religious zealotry, with the way he has control over his soldiers, and what he wants to do with apes. We are now 15 years removed from the original simian virus that began to plague the earth when Caesar was young. Beyond “Rise”... Keep Reading...

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