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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

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Snowpiercer Movie Review

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Science Fiction is by far and large my favorite movie genre. I love films that take the issues of our time and put them in a different setting than what we know, showing how these themes would apply to a different world. You could make the argument that the most enjoyable sci-fi films are action-adventures such as Star Wars or The Avengers that keep our adrenaline pumping through the entire running time. Other types of sci-fi films, a kind that I have only dug into within the past few years, are the kinds of films that take human stories and place them in a sci-fi environment. Movies such as Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Moon certainly make us use our brains much more than films such as Total Recall. Despite the undeniable high quality of these films, they aren’t always exciting to watch, as their slow pace can make distraction-prone viewers fidget in their seats. Director Bong Joon-ho’s latest film Snowpiercer, starring Chris Evans, is a combination of both the action-packed and dramatic styles of sci-fi, and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t think that it’s the greatest film that I’ve seen all year. Continue reading Snowpiercer Movie Review

The Shining Movie Review

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Horror movies aren’t made like they used to be. I don’t think that saying that means that I want modern filmmakers to repeat the past, but rather that I’d like them to stop repeating the present. Most horror films today are very dependent upon the gore and jump scares thrown in to “surprise” the audience, but the filmmakers fail to realize that after a handful of movie like this, the effect of these methods wears off. My favorite horror films are the ones from the 70s and 80s, when the genre was starting to be pushed to limits that it never was in the past. One of the movies from this era that did a fantastic job capturing the true essence of horror was Stanley Kubrik’s classic, The Shining. Continue reading The Shining Movie Review