Monday, October 26, 2015

Goosebumps - Review

   The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena. The Werewolf of Fever Swamp. Night of the Living Dummy. These books and many more make up the Goosebumps series of books. No matter what age you are, I’m sure you’ve come into contact with a Goosebumps novel at some point. The idea to create a fictional film involving the real life writer was an idea that seems cheesy at the time, but it’s execution is done in a way to make up for the concept itself.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Steve Jobs - Review

   Regarded as a genius by many and if nothing else a truly brilliant business man, who could sell someone a similar product to one that’s already in their pocket by making it seem like the greatest thing in the world. I say these things as I type this review on my Macbook and check movie times on my iPhone, with slow anticipation for the next big thing Apple will do, even after Steve Jobs has left this world. With that in mind, there is no question the effect this man has had on the world, but will everyone feel the same when the curtain is peeled back?

Bridge of Spies - Review

   Steven Spielberg, the Coen Brothers, and Tom Hanks. What more do you need? The combination of those three alone should excite even the casual moviegoer, but place them into the Cold War era, throw in some espionage and audiences everywhere are given one of the most intelligent and complex movies of the year.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Crimson Peak - Review

   These days, horror films have been reduced to smaller budgets and jump scares. With Crimson Peak, Guillermo del Toro brings a higher budget and a deeper meaning to the horror genre. The execution isn’t always there in the gothic horror style of film, but the stunning visuals will certainly help distract from the lack of true scares.

Pan - Review

   It’s often a wonder how something can look so fantastical and wonderful but be so tremendously boring at the same time. Taking a journey to Neverland should never leave one checking their watch to see how much time there is left in the atrocity before them. The new trend of updating classic tales has become a hit or miss genre; Pan lands on the side the filmmakers undoubtedly didn’t want to be on. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

99 Homes - Review

   99 Homes asks the ultimate question of how desperate a man can become to save his family. It is, in every sense of the word, a drama that features exceptional storytelling. The back and forth moral dilemma of the story’s lead character creates the question, would you put aside your outrage to accept a lifeline from the man who caused you such anguish?

Monday, October 5, 2015

Sicario - Review

    There may not be a director in Hollywood on a better winning streak than Denis Villeneuve in my book. After delivering two great films over the last two years (Prisoners in 2013 and Enemy in 2014), it’s safe to say Sicario was high on my most anticipated list. Add in some stellar leading names and one of the best cinematographers of all time and you may just have a winner.

The Walk - Review

   Well the reviews regarding The Walk certainly were not wrong. Another film that thrives due to its visual spectacle also creates an experience that can’t be described. As someone who is fearful of heights, I was unsure of my feelings headed into the theater, but minus a few moments of uneasiness, The Walk delivers an amazing story through it visuals. Although I must warn my fellow Acrophobiacs (fear of heights), if you don't want shaky legs while in the theater, I'd avoid the IMAX 3D. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Martian - Review

    The return to form has been made by the great director Ridley Scott. That’s not to say the long time director has made bad films, just not superb or nearly on the same level of some of his earlier work. But The Martian changes all of that. Returning to space once again, Scott crafts an elegant and beautiful film with all of suspense you’d expect, along with some surprising comedy.