Thursday, October 27, 2016

Hacksaw Ridge - Review

   To be out of the game for nearly a decade is a long time for any director, but particularly a former Oscar winner. But that’s exactly where Mel Gibson was before the release of his newest film, Hacksaw Ridge. A few heinous comments amidst a bevy of issues in his personal life sent Gibson out of Hollywood for a large chunk of years until his return to the director’s chair in 2016 with a story worth telling and something to prove.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Inferno - Review

   When so much talent comes in to make a film, the expectations are that the sum will be worthwhile to an extent. An award winner in the director’s chair, a couple of solid actors, and an all-time great composer should be able to create a good film and yet Inferno falls almost completely flat for the entirety of it's two-hour runtime. Struck by the third film curse or just the result of boring source material, Inferno just can't get anything right.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Ouija: Origin of Evil - Review

   Horror franchises are all the rage these days, with unneeded sequels and prequels galore that desire nothing more than quick cash grab that they garner. The original Ouija from 2014 was hardly a critical success (earning only a 7% on Rotten Tomatoes) but it did manage to make some money at over $103 million worldwide, so a sequel was inevitable. What we got is a prequel instead titled Ouija: Origin of Evil and it’s actually…good?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Accountant - Review

   The sheer amount that Ben Affleck has turn his career around is astounding. From just another actor with some decent ability to someone who continually knocks it out of the park with the projects he picks. Now his true Oscar contender (Live By Night) won’t be released until later this year but until then we have The Accountant, a thrilling, slow burn mystery that may just kick start an entirely new franchise.

Friday, October 7, 2016

The Birth of a Nation - Review

   A biographical drama can be hit or miss more so than any other genre. The film has to stay true to the time period and it’s inhabitants while also crafting a coherent narrative around interesting characters. The Birth of a Nation is the newest biographical film to be released, telling the story of Nat Turner. Premiering earlier this year at Sundance, the hype was through the roof, but does the film live up to it?