THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1

November 22, 2014

Splitting the final Hunger Games book into two movies was a mistake.  THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 was left being a very scene repetitive, claustrophobic half-movie at best.  Katniss was the exciting center of the first two movies, in MOCKINGJAY she is just reacting to bad things such that it seems she is just crying all the time and that is not enough to base a movie around. [Read more]

BOYHOOD [2014] movie review – recommended

November 9, 2014

Almost 20 years ago I watched my first Richard Linklater movie, BEFORE SUNRISE, then the next day I watched the movie again I was that amazed by it.  The biggest compliment I think you can give a movie director is to say he/she has a signature style that is totally evident on screen.  Linklater definitely does, and I am a fan of his signature style, and it is on display throughout BOYHOOD [2014].  In addition to that, the movie features the same actors reprising their roles every few years as a boy grows from age 5 to age 15 over the course of 165 minutes.  This is no gimmick, it is amazing. [Read more]

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS [2014] movie review

October 18, 2014

I guess I really knew nothing about THE FAULT IN OUR STARS [2014] other than it was a young romance coming of age type movie.  I did not even know that both main characters had cancer.  This added to my experience watching the movie discovering everything from nothing. [Read more]

EDGE OF TOMORROW [2014] movie review

September 19, 2014

The previews did not at all make EDGE OF TOMORROW [2014] look like anything more than just another CGI video game type action movie. Yet it had an 8.1 rating on IMDB, which could be inflated by fans, but something made me think it just might be good. It was! [Read more]

LOCKE [2013] movie review

August 22, 2014

I heard about LOCKE [2013] on the Slate Culture Gabfest podcast and did not listen long as to not want to hear too much about the movie because the premise alone had me interested. This movie can easily be described one man in a car (BMW X5 to be exact) the entire time talking hands-free on the phone to five different people. Obviously this is a dialogue driven movie especially since he is driving at night and there is no scenery to be scene at all. [Read more]

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY [2014] movie review

August 2, 2014

It might be easy to think of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as a really good movie, or at least certainly a very entertaining one. To think so would only consider its contemporary competition. Standards are so low for movies now, simply not sucking, I feel, is often confused for being an actually good and recommendable movie. GOTG is yet another massive CGI sci-fi comic book movie. Yes, the characters have some witty lines and how they come together is rather interesting, but there is no exceptional story, no exceptional acting, and certainly no exceptional action sequences. The movie simply has some witty dialogue here and there and a bit of chemistry between the cast. [Read more]

SNOWPIERCER [2013] movie review

July 4, 2014

It is funny how movies come out of nowhere to appear on my radar, though since I was browsing a mostly movie review website (AICN), it was not surprising that I would discover a little known movie, SNOWPIERCER [2013], that I never heard of at all until this week. The concept is what convinced me to watch it right away. A chemical is released into the atmosphere to reduce global warming, but it goes wrong and creates an ice age that kills off all life, save for a few who ride this train on a perpetual loop across the continents, each loop taking a year. Now that’s an original idea! [Read more]

THE WIND RISES [2013] movie review – recommended

June 21, 2014

I was waiting for the right day to watch the final Hayao Miyazaki movie, THE WIND RISES [2013], as his movies have imprinted in my mind like few other moviemakers have. This being the summer solstice, and having been deep in the woods & Nature earlier today, capping it in the world of Miyazaki for one last time seemed fitting. [Read more]

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