Friday, June 30, 2017

The Beguiled - Review

The Beguiled is an fairly solid blend of period piece drama and tension filled interactions. Coppola crafts an intimate and simple tale of jealousy and loneliness against the background of war. It’s not mind bending or contain any of Coppola's usual philosophical questions by any means but it could certainly contend for numerous awards once the time came or at least be in the conversation. Throw in a short but sweet runtime and anyone who enjoys a little bit of seduction, shock and drama is sure to love The Beguiled.

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Despicable Me 3 - Review

Let’s just get this out of the way first: Pixar is the king of animation. While other studios have their hits, they still don’t have the track record that Pixar does. So when a franchise as enjoyable as Despicable Me (excluding Minions) has been, the animation studio responsible, Illumination in this case, starts to garner expectations, however small they may be. And while Despicable Me (and the yellow things that come with it) is their crown jewel, sticking the landing on the third entry is easier said than done.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Transformers: The Last Knight - Review

This is it. The film everyone has been waiting for: another Transformers movie from Michael Bay. Once a franchise hits five, it’s hard to really change the trajectory of where it’s been and where it’s going, particularly with the same director at the helm. And just as expected Transformers: The Last Knight manages to take the franchise to new lows.

Friday, June 9, 2017

It Comes at Night - Review

Not to be confused with the other horror film in 2017 with a titular “It”, It Comes at Night does not contain a killer clown. Instead, the film features a more subtle danger and features something far more unnerving than any beast or demon could provide: humans. Very loosely considered a horror film and more of a thriller, It Comes at Night rivals the best of the best and continues 2017’s hot streak of great horror films.

The Mummy - Review

By now everyone can see the profitability of large cinematic universe. It’s driven multiple studios to start a universe, each with varying success, and caused a craze of connective tissue in big blockbusters. So what’s Universal Pictures’ big idea? Monsters. All of the monsters combined into one universe that seems to be so far planned out before the first film, The Mummy, even hits that it may have to itself out of a hole from the start.

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Mummy (1999) - Flashback Review

There really isn’t anything stellar about the 1999 hit The Mummy. It’s not always best to lead off reviews by telling the reader that there isn’t anything great about a film, but for this particular film it’s almost necessary. The Mummy is one of those films that despite not having anything truly good about it, you can’t help but have fun with it the entire time. And audiences did enjoy it upon its release, sparking two more films in the franchise, but does it still hold up today?

Friday, June 2, 2017

Wonder Woman - Review

It is really hard to recall a film that has had as much riding on its metaphorical shoulders than Wonder Woman. Not only is it supposed to right the train for Warner Brother’s DC Extended Universe, but it also carries the flag for the future of female led comic book movies. That is an immense amount of pressure for a film that is also tasked with giving one of the most iconic heroes of all time a worthy origin film. And you know what? It looks all of those challenges in the face and delivers.