February 22, 2014

3 Days to Kill: Movie Review

   3 Days to Kill is a poignant film about a CIA agent reconnecting with his daughter. The car chases and torture scenes are just bonuses.

February 21, 2014

What Could Make Winters Tale Better?

Winters Tale was a sad, confused little movie. How could it have been made better? Well, coming from Akiva Goldsman, most of the film could have been better.

February 17, 2014

Winters Tale: Movie Review

Winter's Tale is beyond saving, with boring dialogue and a confusing story. Colin Farrell does his absolute best, while Russell Crowe brings his worst. 

February 15, 2014

Robocop: Movie Review

   Fortunately, not as cheesy as the original, Robocop would be a great time at the movies if it wasn't for the social issues being shoved down your throat in every scene and Kinnaman's robotic acting.

February 13, 2014

Top 10: Romance Films

While romantic-comedies are always enjoyable, maybe you'd want to watch a good ol' romance. From cowboys to nightclub owners, there will definitely be surprises in this Top 10 list of the best romance films ever brought to the big screen.

What Could Make Monuments Men Better?

Director-Writer George Clooney creates half of a masterpiece, with great dialogue and most of a well rounded cast. The other half is a bit sloppy. Clooney focuses on creating memorable characters, but not many memorable sets, scenes, or story. What could make Monuments Men better?

Top 10: Romantic Comedies

Not knowing what to watch for Valentine's Day? Do you enjoy romantic-comedies? Then get going to the store, Amazon Prime, Netflix, or any other outlet in which to watch these ten amazing romantic-comedies that'll be sure to have you laughing and crying.

February 12, 2014

Short Film Wednesdays: Valentines Edition

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Take a few minutes out of your day and help these aspiring directors/writers by watching their short films about love lost and love found. Maybe you'll get an idea for that special somebody in your life. Maybe these films will help you cope with that broken heart. Maybe you'll cry and maybe you'll laugh. 

February 10, 2014

Monuments Men: Movie Review

Defined as a war film, Monuments Men has a lot of re-writing to accomplish. As a drama about a group of old men saving works of art, the film still has problems, but great acting and superb dialogue help out with a shallow story.

February 8, 2014

The Lego Movie: Movie Review

Phil Lord and Chris Miller are becoming an unstoppable writing/directing duo. The Lego Movie provides the right kind of story, characters, laughs and tears to make this film one memorably animated jewel. 

February 7, 2014

A Fantastic Fear of Everything: Movie Review

  A Fantastic Fear of Everything is nothing what you expect it to be, providing a thin story to an outlandish premise. While Simon Pegg is brilliant, the rest of the cast fails at providing laughs and thrills.

February 6, 2014

What Could Make That Awkward Moment Better

That Awkward Moment was funny and probably made you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It still doesn't change the fact that the movie had pacing, dialogue and character issues. What could make That Awkward Moment better? More coffee scenes, because this film doesn't have enough coffee scenes in it.

February 4, 2014

Oldies Review: Untouchables

The Untouchables is a tussling, manly movie based on fictitious events of the conviction of Al Capone. With all the shootouts, classy gangsters, and the action cops, the cheesy music and goofy puns still lets you know that it’s an 80’s film.  Either way, it is still entertaining with this star-studded cast as well as the “justice-is-served” plot.

February 3, 2014

Our 2 Cents: More Man of Steel 2 Casting

Late last week it was announced that Jesse Eisenberg was cast as Lex Luthor, and Jeremy Irons was cast as Alfred Pennyworth, in the Man of Steel sequel set to release May 6, 2016. Now, surely we must put in our two cents worth. What does this mean for the DC Cinematic Universe?

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Short Film Mondays

Take a few minutes out of your day and help these aspiring directors/writers by watching their short films. From science fiction to comedy, short films are stepping stones for many people in the Hollywood industry. 

Oldies Reviews

I, Frankenstein might have disappointed, but we can always look back on the good incarnations of the Monster, or look back at the worse. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) is sequel to 1931's Frankenstein based off of Mary Shelley's novel of the same name.  

This black and white film begins directly as the first film ends, with the villagers parading around the burning mill in which they have trapped Frankenstein’s monster (Boris Karloff)  Luckily, the Monster escapes the fire while the villagers turn their attention to the belief that the Monster has murdered his creator, Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive). When Henry comes to live with his fiancee, Elizabeth (Valerie Hobson), he finds that the Monster is destructive to mankind and is a misdoing, trying to create something out of God’s will. Frankenstein plans to leave the village with his Elizabeth, but Frankenstein's former teacher, Dr. Septimus Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger), confronts him and hopes that Henry will help make a mate for the Monster.  Dr. Pretorius is not quite satisfied with his own creations. He needs the help of Henry, who refuses. Bride of Frankenstein is a film that expands the mythology of the Frankenstein series. 

Meanwhile, as the Monster looks for refuge.  Even after all the horror the Monster has caused, the audience is given sympathy toward the Monster as he struggles to find something to live for. With the same plot of the Monster being captured and escaping, the story starts to finally pick up when the Monster and Dr. Pretorius team up against Henry Frankenstein—making him create a mate for his previous monster. By this point the story is nearly over. The creation of the Bride happens roughly twenty minutes before the film ends, giving us relief that the two creatures will live on in a weird happily ever after.  But alas, when the Bride (Elsa Lanchester) comes to finally meet the Monster, she is appalled and so the Monster ushers his creationist away, thus pulling the one lever in the whole place (much like the infamous big red button) and blows up himself, Dr. Pretorius and the Bride. A classical Dues ex machina for a story suffering from a plausible ending. 

In this post modern-era, it is difficult to see the appeal of such an old film.  The makeup during this time definitely gives a timeless chuckle of what was perceived as scary, but knowing that the Monster was an unpredictable creature composed of dead humans and an unnatural force against God, possibly made it much more scary to audiences at this time. With technology booming around this time period, science and technology were highly debated subjects.  Dialogue is like most dialogue during this Hollywood period. Fast paced among the actors and with the addition of one mumbling word from the Monster, it makes for a yawn-fest. The film tries for sympathy toward the Monster as he begins to gain human emotions and effortlessly looks for a friend willing to see him as just misunderstood, which is a cheesy, but classic trait placed in films regarding monsters or any other unnatural entity. Bride of Frankenstein piggy-backs off the success of the first film while bringing the same elements from other scientific or supernatural horror films around that time. It never pushes the limits or delivers the unexpected. During a time with technology and science were were unknown and fearful, The Bride of Frankenstein wouldn't fright anyone. The slow pace and the ending, questions as to why this film was even titled about a character we see for five minutes. This movie never built up to the Bride and never gave us the grand story it deserved.

Grade:  C

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February 1, 2014

Welcome to the Jungle: Movie Review

Welcome to the Jungle tries to provide the laughs and proper story for a comedy, but fails to do so. Falsely starring Jean-Claude van Damme, the comedy is never given its moment and the story becomes wrapped up in implausibility.

That Awkward Moment: Movie Review

That Awkward Moment is awkwardly funny, but extremely entertaining. While there may be some pacing, dialogue and continuity issues, the characters and story connect in all the right places.