When I saw 300 eight years ago, I was just a passive bystander of geekery, but I loved that movie for it’s stylized and badass ways. I didn’t really have a way to articulate how cool I thought 300 was back then. Now, I have a few more tools available with which to geek out, and a sequel (of sorts) called 300: Rise of an Empire to review. Hit the jump to see if Rise is as good as its predecessor. [Read more...]
What makes a movie good? Does it has to have a great setting? A great plot? Can a movie that looks cheesy on paper actually be good through execution? Non-Stop is our chance to look at a movie that, by all accounts, looks as if the plot was written on a napkin. This includes action at high altitudes while cramped into a tiny space while an evil mastermind pulls us in all sorts of directions. Hit the jump and let’s take a closer look. [Read more...]
Liam Neeson refuses to let his age bring him down. Taken, Taken 2, The Grey, and Unknown, is proof that a grizzled old man is the last person you want to cross. So why not take all four aspects of the character from the three aforementioned movies, and stick the same character in a 60 foot tube hundreds of thousands of miles above ground. Add a mystery hostage twist, and you get yourself Non-Stop. Basically one giant mash up of Neeson’s previous films confined to the space of a 747, with a plot so far-fetched that as the film goes on, ideas run thin before they can be stretched out. Hit the jump for the full review. [Read more...]
Kevin Costner has been busy. Last year was Man of Steel, and this year we’ve already seen him in the sub-par Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. This time around, we have Costner in a leading role as an action star. In 3 Days to Kill, Costner plays a dying, badass secret service agent trying to reconnect with his daughter. When he’s forced back into the field by an unusual possibility, all sorts of craziness ensues. Hit the jump to see what I thought of this new action film. [Read more...]
“The Wind Rises” Review: A Fitting And Heartfelt Swan Song For One Of The World’s Greatest Filmmakers
If you were to look through Hayao Miyazaki’s entire filmography you will find there is one common theme that makes those films uniquely his, and that is the majesty of flight. If it wasn’t a witch on a broomstick flying through the sky or a giant Totoro gliding on the wind, it was a giant floating castle in the sky. The list could go on and on, but the point is that Miyazaki’s love for all things that fly carried over to every single one of his works in some form or another.
So it seems almost fitting that Miyazaki’s reportedly final feature film as director The Wind Rises is not only a biographical look at the life and times of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who was responsible for Japan’s aeronautical revolution just before World War 2, but it is also the first film from the renowned director that feels deeply personal on a level unseen before now. Read the full review after the break. [Read more...]
Here’s a reboot I didn’t think anyone wanted, didn’t think was going to be any good, and generally considered problematic. I was curious about some of the actors here, including Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, and Joel Kinnaman. I wasn’t expecting this to be amazing, but I sure was hoping that it would be good, and didn’t try to replicate what the earlier incarnations had done. Sadly, my expectations weren’t too far off from the reality. Hit the jump to see what I thought of RoboCop. [Read more...]
Marvel Studios has so far done a wonderful job with its movie properties, but some may not be aware of the “One Shot” series Marvel puts on DVD releases. Probably the more memorable One Shot was on the Iron Man 3 DVD, Agent Carter. This time around on the Thor: The Dark World DVD, we have the Marvel One-Shot: All Hail The King. Hit the jump to find out what I thought of this. A word of warning: here be some slight spoilers. [Read more...]
George Clooney sure does know how to make a movie. He’s directed some memorable ones too. I really enjoyed Good Night, and Good Luck and thought The Ides of March was wonderful. In a recent Reddit AMA, Clooney explained that The Monuments Men was an attempt at creating a less cynical movie; He explained that his past pictures had been too cynical. The Monuments Men is certainly a more positive and comedic turn, but is it good? Hit the jump to find out what I thought. [Read more...]
The fact that The Lego Movie was even green lit in the first place was a major head scratcher. How would Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball and 21 Jump Street directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, go about making a movie about the iconic toy bricks without making it look like some long form commercial should have been on everyone’s minds. Surely making a film entirely about Lego would have been a disaster in the making, but as it turns out, that wasn’t the case as The Lego Movie has been able to capture the charm of the toys and combine it with plenty of laughter and heart.
The Lego Movie consistently building upon itself brick by brick, and as a result we get a absolutely wonderful film that connects to anyone of any age who has fond memories of playing with the Lego themselves or their video game counterparts. Hit the jump to read the entire review. [Read more...]
So much of the romantic comedy genre is focused on the female perspective, leaving the male lead characters to be the cookie cut swooning sweeping off your feet romanticist. But not in Tom Gormican‘s new romantic comedy That Awkward Moment. The film focuses on three three best friends who find themselves where we’ve all been- at that confusing “moment” in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?”
There is definitely some magical chemistry between the film’s lead stars Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller – as noted by their ability to riff and improv during the post credit scenes. But while the chemistry is there, it doesn’t carry throughout the whole movie, as the film comes off as forced and predictable. Hit the jump for the full review of That Awkward Moment. [Read more...]