Category Archives: Drama

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Movie Review

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Most movie franchises today release sequels within 2-3 years of the original film. Many franchise films have such great projected sales that the filmakers are already working on the sequel before the first movie even hits theaters. Gone are the days of James Cameron sequels such as Aliens and Terminator 2 that were both released almost a decade after the release of the originals. The new Sin City film breaks the modern sequel mold completely and leans more on the Cameron side of things, coming out a full nine years after the first movie. Continue reading Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Movie Review

Boyhood Movie Review

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A lot of people have been talking about the new movie Boyhood, which tells a simple story about a young boy growing up in a broken family. The main thing that people are talking about with this film isn’t the story itself, however, but rather the fact that it was shot over a twelve year period. The reason for this long production time was so that the main character Mason Jr., played by young actor Ellar Coltrane, could be seen growing from a very young age up through his high school graduation using the same actor. Obviously, there are huge risks involved with a process like this. What if the kid grows up to be a horrible actor? What if he dies? What if someone in the supporting cast dies? There are an innumerable amount of things that could have gone wrong during the production of this picture, making Boyhood one of the riskiest films ever made. Continue reading Boyhood Movie Review

Fargo Movie Review

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Over the past three decades, the Coen brothers have established themselves as a staple of American cinema. Not only have they written and directed some of the most quintessential works of the past thirty years, but their filmography is almost as eclectic as that of Spielberg or Kubrik. Every film that the duo makes has a different setting and atmosphere than the one before, something that I find very commendable. In 1996, the two brothers made the now-classic Fargo, a very risky entry in their diverse collection of works. Continue reading Fargo Movie Review

Quest for Fire Movie Review

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I often think about how different our lives would be without language. Our dependence upon words for communication goes so deep that even the vast majority of our thoughts are verbal. A person in our society with no understanding of words or language would have great difficulty in life, and they would have trouble maintaining meaningful relationships in the Western World. The 1981 film Quest for Fire gives us a glimpse into what it would be like to live in prehistoric times, before the conveniences of modern languages. Because of this, most of the film’s script is composed of grunts or primitive phrases that may seem too humorous for many viewers to take seriously. However, the film as a whole is a rather moving tale of the culture and struggles of early man. Continue reading Quest for Fire Movie Review

The King’s Speech Movie Review

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It seems as though historical films never get all of the details right about the actual events. Look up the Wikipedia article on any movie based on a real event and you’ll find a section entitled “historical accuracy” devoted to tearing apart the work for any liberties taken. Sometimes, these creative choices can be beneficial to the plot. In The Sound of Music, it is very satisfying to watch the Von Trapps climb over the Alps at the end, and it makes for a much better conclusion than watching them board a train as the actual family did in real life. Some changes in these films, however, are taken to appease the filmmaker’s agenda, such as when Michael Bay chose to show the Japanese bombing the hospital in Pearl Harbor. Although I feel that changes such as this can be harmful to both the art of film and our society in general, I don’t believe that we should discard all historical movies just because of their inaccuracies. No matter what care is put into the filmmaking process, there is no way that all of the facts of an event can be crammed into a two-hour window. With that in mind, I recommend that we sit back and watch these films, overlooking the minor differences between the real story and the fiction, and look instead at the movie’s deeper meaning. With that in mind, let’s dive into The King’s Speech. Continue reading The King’s Speech Movie Review

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

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I feel that most filmgoers agree that rebooting franchises is one of the most nauseating trends in modern cinema. Reboots usually contain weak plots, bank on the special effects used in the film to sell tickets, and never live up to the original work. I have yet to meet anyone who claims that they prefer the recent Robocop or Total Recall movies to the originals. Because of this, many people were naturally skeptical when Rise of the Planet of the Apes was released in summer 2011. It didn’t help that an attempt to reimagine this franchise had already failed with Planet of the Apes in 2001, one of director Tim Burton’s few disappointments. Rise, however, was met with both critical and commercial success, so naturally, a sequel was in order. Now we are treated to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which is a sequel to the franchise reboot. The movie also has a new director, Matt Reeves, who has replaced Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt. You can clearly see why I was worried when this film was announced. Continue reading Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

Broken Flowers Movie Review

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To be honest, my knowledge of modern Bill Murray films is a bit lacking. I haven’t seen any of his collaborations with Wes Anderson save Moonrise Kingdom, and most of my knowledge of his work involves the classics such as Ghostbusters and his work on SNL. I’m trying to catch up on the Murray that I’ve missed in the last few years, and since 2005’s Broken Flowers was on Netflix, I thought that I’d try it out. Continue reading Broken Flowers 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

Her Movie Review

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When I first heard about the movie “Her”, I thought that it seemed like the kind of film that would play into the juvenile humor that you would expect from such a movie. The concept of a man dating his OS brings all sorts of images to mind. I was sure that there would be some sort of joke involving the phone’s vibrating feature, and I was certainly expecting some sort of scene where the main character looks up naughty images while talking to his AI companion. I also thought that there might be some sort of ridiculous message in the film involving all of the other characters being disgusted at the thought of this man dating his OS, while they should really just accept him for who he is.

Of course, I was completely wrong. Continue reading Her Movie Review