Who doesn’t like a good film filled with brutal violence? Well, my mother, for one. And because of that, I grew up without any films like this in my life. It wasn’t until college that I had seen movies that contained vicious killing scenes, and even though I’ve been watching them for several years now, many of these scenes can still make my stomach churn. I’d be lying, though, if I said that I didn’t like that feeling on occasion. I like when movies can make me uncomfortable and put me on the edge of my seat. I definitely experienced this while I was watching The Equalizer, a new brutal offering from Antoine Fuqua. Continue reading The Equalizer Move Review
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
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
What do you get when you combine Groundhog Day with Aliens?
Simply put, you get Edge of Tomorrow, the new sci-fi adventure of the summer. In this film, the earth has been invaded by a strange race of aliens called the Mimics, and NATO has formed a military organization called the United Defense Forces to combat the threat. Tom Cruise plays William Cage, a Major in the UDF who is demoted to a footsoldier after blackmailing his General. After dying in combat with the alien forces, Cage soon discovers that he is doomed to live out this scenario over and over again from the moment that he is placed in the ranks with the grunts, living this day until he is killed off and then restarting from that point. Eventually, Cruise meets Sergeant Rita Vrataski, a battle-hardened soldier who is aware of his condition. The two embark on a quest to find the source of the Mimic threat, and the film that unfolds is one very fun ride. Continue reading Edge of Tomorrow Movie Review
For those who don’t know, 22 Jump Street is the sequel to 2012’s 21 Jump Street, a gut-bustingly funny film about two undercover cops named Schmidt and Jenko, played by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, respectively, acting as high school students in an attempt to blow the lid off of a drug ring operating within the high school. 22 Jump Street finds the two playing the part of college students trying to uncover the source of a new drug called “whyphy” being distributed throughout a nearby college. Continue reading 22 Jump Street Movie Review
Occasionally, there are films that are ill-received by both critics and viewers alike that are unfairly judged at the time of their release. John Carpenter’s The Thing, which originally opened to scathing reviews, is now considered a horror classic. The Boondock Saints was also hated by professional critics, yet soon achieved a cult status and is now adored by a major fanbase worldwide. This causes me to wonder, is X-Men: The Last Stand actually a much better film than we all thought it was when we first saw it in 2006?
Simply put, no. X-Men: The Last Stand is still as bad as it has ever been. However, it does have a few redeeming qualities to it. Continue reading X-Men: The Last Stand Movie Review