Category: Film Review

World War Z Review: Catching Some Zzz’s in the Zombie Apocalypse

There is a moment midway through World War Z where viewers see an all out zombie horde start pilling up the side of a wall trying to get to the living on the other side. Piling on top of one another, some finally make it to the other side, and also somehow take down a helicopter. I feel like this is the perfect metaphor for Marc Foster’s World War Z, starring Brad Pitt, for while there are some generally intriguing moments in the film that rise up above other zombie films, it seems that Marc Foster is trying to simply add one genre trope after another to make the film seem more epic, but ultimately pile up into one shambling mess of a film.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Review

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I didn’t know what to expect for the first leg of this “Unexpected Journey,” but I came away feeling more conflicted than I thought I would. I think Peter Jackson is a fine director and the Lord of the Rings movies are truly great. However, this new trip back to Middle Earth is surprisingly bland.

The Hobbit is the very definition of the Hero’s Journey. An unexpected individual who knows far too little about the world he lives in is called to a grand adventure that takes him outside of his comfort zone. At first, he is reluctant to accept this responsibility and refuses the adventure placed upon him. But soon, our hero answers the call to adventure and the journey truly begins. He crosses over from the known to the unknown and embarks down a road of trials that will define who our hero is, and what he will become.

Skyfall Review: 007 Stands Tall at Skyfall

Skyfall is a rather unique specimen in the 007 franchise.  While it is the third installment with Daniel Craig playing the coveted role of James Bond,  and the 23rd Bond film overall,  Skyfall feels more like a true Bond reboot than its predecessor Casino Royale and the disappointing follow up Quantum of Solace. This is not to say that Casino Royale was not a great Bond film; it is one of my favorites. However, it focused simply on Craig as Bond. However under the hands of director Sam Mendes, Skyfall beautifully blends character, plot, action, and gadgets in a film that come to prove why James Bond has been on screen for the last fifty years.

Cloud Atlus Review: The Wachowski Cycle

The Wachowski siblings originally shocked the world with The Matrix, an incredibly ambitious and important action movie from 1999. The latter two movies were absurd, rhetoric nonsense that completely diminished the love most people had towards that original Matrix movie. It’s funny how Cloud Atlas is mainly about lives being cyclical and all past mistakes will repeat themselves throughout history, because Cloud Atlas is also absurd, rhetoric nonsense by the Wachowski siblings.

Premium Rush review: New York Has Never Looked Less Fun to Drive In

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will return later this month in the sci-fi film, Looper

Premium Rush is the latest movie to star Joseph Gordon-Levitt in what is perhaps the peak of his career. Having been in about four movies a year since 2008, this peak is incredibly long lasting, and has the potential to mark him as one of the most iconic actors of  the decade. Of the four he’ll be in this year, this is the one that seems to stick the most closely to his roots. It’s the cheapest, uses a quirky brand of humor, and has the largest potential to surprise people due to its unique concept.

Men in Black 3 review: The OTHER Fight With Apollo

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Ten years or more down the road, when people look back on the Men in Black series with the same nostalgic eye now aimed at the Ghostbusters franchise, I believe that critics will talk very fondly of the first one. After all, it’s kept Will Smith fresh and current to a generation of kids who might only otherwise see him in reruns of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, or in a more serious sci-fi movie like I, Robot. The second Men in Black movie, I feel, will noted for being, as usual, not as good as its predecessor, but not entirely bad. It expands of the fiction and is serviceable in its own right.

But, what about this new sequel?