Aliens Movie Review

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Those of you who know me well probably figured that it was only a matter of time before I reviewed this movie. Before summer 2012, I wasn’t even aware that there was a movie called “Aliens”. I just assumed that every single sci-fi sequel that wasn’t part of a pre-determined trilogy was just a cheap way to cash in on the success of a legendary movie, especially in the case of films with different writers and directors than the original. When I heard that Alien had a sequel, I assumed that it must have been no better than movies such as The Fly II or Die Hard 2. However, when I googled the movie, I found out that it received great critical acclaim upon its release, and that some fans even prefer it over the original. How could it be that this sequel, released seven years after the original film, could follow a movie that many consider to be the greatest sci-fi horror film ever made? Continue reading Aliens Movie Review

Transformers: Age of Extinction Movie Review

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When Transformers: Age of Extinction was announced, the reaction of the public was quite mixed. There were many people who were excited to see another Michael Bay-directed action flick, full of great special effects, explosions, and cool cars. Others rolled their eyes at the trailers, believing that this would be nothing but another summer cash grab with a thin plot and few redeeming qualities. The past three Transformers movies have proven that the franchise can pull in huge profits even in the face of scathing reviews, and I have no doubt in my mind that Age of Extinction will rake in mounds of cash, as well. Is this new movie worthy of these sales, or is it just more fuel for the hatred that Bay has received throughout his career? Continue reading Transformers: Age of Extinction Movie Review

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Movie Review

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With the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction this weekend, I thought that I’d go back a few years and review one of the previous installments in the franchise. Michael Bay’s Transformers movies have been mocked relentlessly ever since the release of the first movie in summer 2007. Although most would argue that the first movie isn’t a complete affront to the art of cinema, the second film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and the third installment, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, have been completely lambasted by both critics and filmgoers alike. Despite the poor reception, however, both movies made a killing at the box office. The franchise did so well, in fact, that Dark of the Moon is currently the seventh highest-grossing film of all time. Did the final installment of this “trilogy” (a word that I use with caution, given the new movie being released this weekend) deserve all of the income that it garnered? Continue reading Transformers: Dark of the Moon Movie Review

Point Break Movie Review

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In addition to reviews of newer films, I’d also like to do reviews of older movies that I’m now catching up on because I never saw them growing up. Some of these are classic films such as Citizen Kane, others are cult classics that I simply hadn’t heard of until I got more into cinema, and the remainder are films that were recommended to me by either friends, websites, or “best of” lists online. I thought that I would start this series of “retro reviews” by summing up my thoughts on Point Break, one of the films that put Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow on the map. Continue reading Point Break Movie Review

Neighbors Movie Review

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Modern comedies aren’t a hit with everyone, especially when it comes to the crass ones that come from talents such as Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Some audience members love these films, and others find the humor in them to be juvenile and overly dependent upon the harsh language in use. Personally, I believe that this completely dependent upon the film and the script being used. Some of these movies put the otherwise immature jokes to good use, while others aren’t quite as tactful, and come off as a much more distasteful work. The latest release featuring the talent of both Rogen and Goldberg, Neighbors, leans on the more inventive side of this spectrum, and I can honestly say that I really enjoyed this film. Continue reading Neighbors Movie Review

Jersey Boys Movie Review

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I might not be the most qualified person to review Jersey Boys. I haven’t seen any other films directed by Clint Eastwood (although I plan on watching the copy of Mystic River that I “borrowed” from my sister very soon). I also don’t know very much about Frankie Valli or The Four Seasons, as no one in my family listened to them while I was growing up. However, if there is one subject that I am knowledgeable on that will help me with this review, it’s musical theater. I know that this must sound strange coming from a self-proclaimed metalhead, but I love musicals. Whenever I hear songs from my favorites such as West Side Story or Little Shop of Horrors, there is a part of me that can’t help but get up and not only sing, but act out the song that is playing (a similar thing happens when I listen to Iron Maiden). Coming at Jersey Boys from that perspective, I believe that I have enough knowledge to give this film its day in court. Continue reading Jersey Boys Movie Review

Godzilla (2014) Movie Review

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Ever since its announcement, the new Godzilla movie has had kaiju fans foaming at the mouth. The first trailer was all over the web as soon as it was released, and everyone who drooled over Pacific Rim’s excellent special effects last summer got excited just thinking about an American version of the king of the monsters. Sure, we had the 1998 adaptation, but that wasn’t so much a film as it was a giant slap in the face to the source material and fans alike. Finally, we were all going to be treated to the Godzilla film that we’d been dreaming of. Sure enough, the movie lived up to the hype, and although it isn’t a perfect film, it’s certainly one of the best sci-fi adventures to be released this summer. Continue reading Godzilla (2014) Movie Review

Maleficent Movie Review

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Sleeping Beauty has always been one of my favorite Disney movies. Ever since I was a young kid, I loved the music, the characters, and especially the epic battle at the end. Because of this, Maleficent has always been one of my favorite villains of all time. I loved the mystery behind her, and how she was so pissed that she wasn’t invited to an infant’s birthday party that she set a curse upon the child. She was pure evil, and once it was revealed that she had the ability to transform into a dragon, I was completely sold.

Because of the love that I have for the original film, I was interested to see this new release dedicated entirely to my favorite horned enchantress. However, I soon found out that the Maleficent in this film isn’t quite as threatening as the sorceress in the original. Continue reading Maleficent Movie Review

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Review

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I have to be honest; I was really hoping for this film to be absolutely atrocious. When I heard that they were once again placing three villains into one Spider-Man movie, I actually got angry. I was angry that this rebooted series, which kicked off to an alright start in 2012, was already getting greedy with the amount of stories that they were trying to execute within a 2-hour window. I was angry that they were taking one of my favorite superheroes and trying to milk him for profits instead of actually making a quality work of art. My anger made me hate this movie before I even saw it; I was hoping that it would be dragged through the mud by both critics and fans alike, and that it would be declared a failure of Uwe Boll proportions.

Now, after seeing The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I have to admit that it isn’t quite as bad as I had hoped. At worst, it’s mediocre. Continue reading The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Review

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Movie Review

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What is it that makes a great sequel? More specifically, what is it that makes a great sequel to a beloved animated film? Pixar certainly nailed the formula with the Toy Story sequels, creating what many consider to be the best trilogy of children’s films ever to be released. Others, such as The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride and The Secret of Nimh 2: Timothy to the Rescue fall short, and don’t reach the exciting heights of the film that came before. I am happy to report that Dreamworks’ latest release, How to Train Your Dragon 2, falls squarely on the Toy Story side of that line, and in many ways surpasses the film that came before it. Continue reading How to Train Your Dragon 2 Movie Review