Thursday, September 21, 2017

Kingsman: The Golden Circle - Review

It is without question that the first film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, can be called one of the biggest surprises of the last few years. So, it’s also no surprise that the sequel was met with immense expectations. By bringing back the visionary director, the fun cast, and exhilarating action, Kingsman: The Golden Circle looks to be a worthy continuation of the world the original set up, but does it succeed?

Friday, September 15, 2017

mother! - Review

From the start, mother! Was always going to be a strange film. Give Darren Aronofsky, one of the better auteur directors working today, free reign and you’ll get this weird, psychological and mysterious film that is wholly unique and impossible to describe. So this is a review. I don’t know honestly how to even approach writing any sort of combination of words that can articulate what this film even is, but here goes nothing.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

IT - Review

Another month, another Stephen King adaptation. While the last film (The Dark Tower) looked dead on arrival, IT looked a film headed in the right direction. Gathering a talented group of young actors together was just the start but then throw in a more than capable actor as the titular monster and you’re already setting the wheels in motion for one of the biggest hits the horror genre has had in awhile.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Ingrid Goes West - Review

The digital, social media age is a strange time ripe with material for comedic moments. The satirical comedy that Ingrid Goes West provides is equal parts dark, disturbing, and terribly, hilariously accurate. While the main premise of the film is going for laughs, the clear undertones and deeper meanings represent a subtle horror film masquerading as the newest comedy.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Good Time - Review

With the uptick in Young-Adult novel adaptations during the 21st century, actors and actresses have become bound to those roles in a sense. And while Robert Pattinson’s Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart has made her way out of the YA genre with ease, Good Time feels like Pattinson’s big move. What better way to move back into the limelight than with a grimy, crime thriller from the home run hitting company known as A24?

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Hitman's Bodyguard - Review

The action-comedy isn't really rare nowadays but that doesn't make the good ones easy to find. Pairing two hilarious and likeable leads together is a start though and The Hitman's Bodyguard managed to snatch Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson.

However, the film leans too heavily on these two and the results are an uneven and unbalanced film. Some of the comedy hits but a majority of it is lost in a sea of action cliches.

The Hitman's Bodyguard is another disappointment in the line of disappointments of the Summer of 2017. It's forgettable, overlong, and not worth anyone's time.

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Logan Lucky - Review

Retirement is a flimsy term in Hollywood. It gets thrown around and then reversed too many times to count. Nevertheless, Steven Soderbergh is technically coming out of retirement for his newest film Logan Lucky, and with any luck he won’t try to go away again anytime soon. Because say what you will about his films as a whole, the man knows how to entertain.

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Glass Castle - Review

There are certain directors that make such an impression that you watch out for any of their upcoming films. Director Destin Daniel Cretton, with Brie Larson no less, was able to craft the criminally underrated Short Term 12, so that immediately made The Glass Castle something to look out for. Unfortunately the same of level of quality isn’t there this time around.

The performances across the board range from solid to great depending on the amount of material given to the actors themselves. But that’s really the only thing that holds this film up at all. The drama isn’t terribly interesting or deep and the family dynamic is pushed a bit hard rather than actually showing the true hard times that they’ve gone through.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Annabelle: Creation - Review

When James Wan introduced the world to Annabelle in 2013’s The Conjuring, few would deny that the doll itself, regardless of the horror stories to come, was creepy in its own right. Which makes the horrendous quality of 2014’s Annabelle film all the more disappointing. But the sequel looks to do better things with this less than pleasant doll, and maybe, just maybe, be a little scary this time.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Detroit - Review

With the release of Dunkirk just a few weeks ago and now Detroit this week, it's fairly safe to say that awards season is in full swing. While the war film was a technical marvel, Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit is a exceptional in other ways. 

The award winning director is able to make each character, despite spending very little time with them, feel real and thus the horror of the second act and the film as a whole all the more harder to bear. Detroit does not hold back and it is difficult to watch, but the alarming amount of parallels between then and now makes the film a necessary experience. 

Each moment is filled with tension, not knowing what each subsequent action may mean in the overall scenario is nerve racking. In many ways Detroit employs a lot of elements of a horror film, only it's not a creepy doll or evil spirit causing the torture, it's man's hatefulness.


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