Elysium is set in the year 2154. Earth as we know it has been stripped of its natural resources and ravaged by over-population. The worlds wealthiest have settled on a massive space station, a short distance from Earth, called Elysium. Elysium is clean, spacious and beautiful, and harbors medical technology capable of curing any disease. A governing body controls Elysium, …
Movie Review – Planes
This aerial substitute for a proper Cars sequel quickly loses altitude. Disney’s Planes makes an emergency landing in box offices this weekend. Perhaps I’m not taking this seriously, but Planes is hollow children’s entertainment better served as a direct-to-DVD release. Dusty Crophopper ([tooltip text=”Mr. Brooks, Employee of the Month” placement=”top”]Dane Cook[/tooltip]) is a small crop-dusting plane with hopes of being …
Movie Review – We’re the Millers
We’re the Millers is a refreshing diversion from a summer platter of Superheroes, Robots, Zombies and annoying blue creatures. It plays like a modern National Lampoon’s Vacation film with raunchier, edgier material, while maintaining a family-comes-first message. But make no mistake about it, this isn’t a movie for the younglings. David Clark ([tooltip text=”Horrible Bosses, Saturday Night Live” placement=”top”]Jason Sudeikis[/tooltip]), …
Movie Review – Low & Clear
“The biggest mistake made about fishing is that it’s about catching fish. Fishing is a micro-examination about life itself.” J.T. Van Zandt opens the documentary film from Finback Films with this statement. Followed by imagery of rolling streams and playful wildlife, it becomes quickly clear, Low & Clear is a beautiful film. It’s a film about friendship, patience and spirituality …
Movie Review – The Wolverine
The question was once asked, ”I know you can be overwhelmed and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?” Well, thanks to Marvel Entertainment/20th Century Fox’s recent film, The Wolverine, I can finally answer that question with an emphatic yes. Director James Mangold (Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma) delivers a fine film. The amount of …
Movie Review – Pacific Rim
Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim can be summarized with one word: BIG. Big robots, big monsters, big characters, big action, big everything. Hideo Kojima (video game maker, Metal Gear) tweeted, “Pacific Rim is the ultimate otaku film that all of us had always been waiting for…”. In many ways, it is. The initial Rim teaser trailer immediately reminded me of …
Movie Review – Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing
I saw Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing recently. I have been trying to formulate an “official” review but instead have opted for a more informal reaction piece in the form of this blog post. There were elements that I liked while trying to put a review together but I couldn’t get it to where I liked the review as a whole, the whole was not greater than the sum of its parts. Then it hit me, that is EXACTLY how I felt about the film. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the film, just not as much as I had expected to. The blending of old school (Shakespeare’s story and verse) and new (modern day setting) was successful, just not as successful as I think it could have been.
Movie Review – Man of Steel
Reboots are tricky. The stakes were very high. The film had a decent amount of imperfections. That being said, Christopher Nolan, Zach Snyder and the rest of the cast and crew accomplished what they needed to accomplish. They delivered a successful, emotionally driven thrill-ride origin story of an extremely iconic character. They also get DC/WB back in the game and although Marvel/Disney is still winning by a large margin, at least it is now a contest. We, the fans of comics, super heroes and movies are the benefactors of that.
Movie Review – The Heat
Director and Michigan native, Paul Feig, cranks out a dud in his newest female-centric comedy, The Heat, starring the increasingly familiar performances of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Bridesmaids is a better comedy that forwards the march of great female leading films. The Heat cools that trend. However, fans of Bullock and McCarthy may find enough elements to survive a box office already swarming with super heroes, monsters and zombies.
Movie Review – World War Z
Marc Forster’s (Machine Gun Preacher, Quantum of Solace) zombie epic is far from perfect, but it offers enough Outbreak and Contagion-like paranoia and suspense to please general audiences. Perhaps I am not the most unbiased movie-goer when it comes to Zombies – if it involves the undead, I feel alive. In a genre in the midst of a renaissance – zombies aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon. For this zombie-lover, that’s good news.
Movie Review – Monsters University
Pixar looks to pop-culture fave Revenge of the Nerds, for inspiration in its new animated feature, Monsters University. While not as emotionally engaging as its predecessor, University packs a load of humor and spirited fun in 110 minutes, earning our weekend box office recommendation.
Movie Review – This Is The End
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Pineapple Express) create the most vile Armageddon skit ever put to film in their directorial debut of This Is The End. It’s also the funniest film since A Haunted House, another horror-comedy deeply rooted in spoofing its source material. This Is The End pushes its R-rating to exhaustively funny limits. It’s a no-apologies exposition of repulsive behavior and redemption and should not be overlooked this summer.