Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Don't Breathe - Review

   A fourth solid major studio horror film in 2016 and it’s not even September, unheard of in horror over the last few years. Yet here we have Don’t Breathe, the home invasion film that’s spun on its head and somehow manages to do almost everything correctly.  Don’t Breathe is the ideal close to a disappointing summer and hopefully a sign of things to come for the rest of 2016.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hands of Stone - Review

   For such a seemingly unpopular sport in America, Boxing continues to see Hollywood releases year after year. It’s understandable, in a sense, as it plays to the underdog story that so many people love. The sheer number of films causes the stories to overlap and become clich├ęd with each subsequent release. Hands of Stone is not different from this formula and not really unique in any way.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ben-Hur (2016) - Review

   Remakes are inevitable in Hollywood. Classic stories will be retold in different ways from now until the end of time. Even with this knowledge, it doesn’t soften the blow of seeing a classic remade for purely monetary reasons, but the sooner it’s accepted the better everyone will feel. That’s extremely easier said than done and Ben-Hur is the perfect example as to why remakes can be so frustrating.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Kubo and the Two Strings - Review

    The often forgotten animation studio of Laika has produced some truly beautiful films over their history such as Coraline and ParaNorman, yet they continually take a backseat to the juggernauts of the animated world. The style of stop-motion animation is a time consuming endeavor, but when done the right way like Laika does, the final product is really something to behold.  The young studios fourth animated feature, Kubo and the Two Strings, continues to develop their reputation for crafting not only beautiful animation, but putting together truly great stories as well.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Pete's Dragon - Review

   As Disney continues their trend of live-action remakes of animated classics, some lesser-known films will get the upgrade. Pete’s Dragon certainly falls into that category where everyone has at least heard of the part live action, part animated film from 1977 but can’t quite remember what it was about. This obscurity allows Disney to play around with things a little and create something that updated not only visually but story wise as well.

Sausage Party - Review

   An R-rated comedy from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg is bound to feature particular elements that are the safest bets you could make and they are f-bombs, drugs, and crude humor. The latest release is no different, but with one minor twist; it’s animated. With animation involved, Sausage Party is able to get away with so much more than a typical comedy and they know it. Oh they definitely know it.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Suicide Squad - Review

   The third film in DC and Warner Brother’s attempt at a Cinematic Universe ended up facing a lot more pressure than it ever expected. Suicide Squad has the expectations and hopes of fans and the studio to place this universe back on track and establish Warner Brothers as a force to be reckoned with in the comic book movie era of Hollywood. Well now the film has released and what’s the verdict? Maybe it’s time to go back to the drawing board Warner Brothers.