Movie Review: A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)- While Scott Frank’s Throwback Noir Might be Predictable It’s a Welcome Change in Style for Hollywood Mysteries

Familiar Private Detective names from the 30s and 40s such as Sam Spade or Phillip Marlowe seem as though they are becoming more and more distant relics of the past, or rather a disappearing movie avenue where amoral men were hired to seek out the truth no matter how dark the trail led. While names … Continue reading

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)- An Adventurous Interstellar Western Filled with Dynamic Antiheroes, Genuine Wit, and Gorgeous Fantastical Landscapes

Marvel’s well-oiled production machine has begun to feel a little stale as of late as some of the story structures have fallen into feeling a little too predictable and the characters seemed a little too complacent in their roles as charming figures rather than complexly layered characters. Minus the action spectacle that was the accumulated … Continue reading

Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)- A Matured Continuation of the Fantasy Franchise that Showcases State of the Art Animation and Genuine Character Heart

A majority of family centered films these days rarely explore the aspect of real consequence or fragile loss as they have done in the past with the likes of Disney’s The Lion King or most Miyazaki pictures mostly because the social environment now created by parents, teachers, and administrators demands everything to be pandered to … Continue reading

Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)- An Effectively Executed yet Predictable Science-Fiction Thriller That Boasts an Incredible Video Game as Life Reality Mixed with Surprising Character Humor

Though a great deal of science-fiction films from Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys to Robert Zemeckis’s Back to the Future trilogy try to wrangle the elusive fictional concept of time travel into a tangible science it essentially has free reign from the confines of actual science and the logic of the space-time continuum because it’s, as … Continue reading

Movie Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)- Seth MacFarlane’s Second Comic Venture is an Uninspired Comedy Filled with Numbing Vulgarity and Aimless Joke Precision

Our accumulated knowledge at our disposal in present day versus the dearth of knowledge in the past has always been a clever tactic that numerous comedians and comedic films have taken advantage of, including Woody Allen in his Russian Czarist age comedy Love & Death, Monty Python’s outlandish mockery of Medieval Times in Monty Python … Continue reading

Movie Review: Maleficent (2014)- A Cynical Attempt from Disney to Create a New Callous Brand Resulting in an Unfortunate Display of Shallow Character Origin

No one will ever forget the first time they saw the infamous embodiment of evil in the character Maleficent, the prominent antagonist of Disney’s animated mixture adaptation of Charles Perrault’s “The Sleeping Beauty” and the Brothers Grimm tale “Little Briar Rose.” Maleficent’s haunting demonic witch figure and commanding voice in Sleeping Beauty (1959) instilled a … Continue reading

Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)- An Ambitious Bridging of Two Franchises Aided by Director Bryan Singer’s Connection to the Outsider Themes

When director Bryan Singer left the X-Men franchise more than a decade ago it really didn’t thrive without his personal connection to the material as Brett Ratner demolished the progress and credibility the franchise made with X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and unnecessary spinoffs began to drain the series of enduring purpose (we’re looking at … Continue reading

Movie Review: The Double (2014)- A Visually Refreshing and Bitingly Humorous Take on the Madness of Homogenization

Identity as a concept has sort of rescinded into the subconscious concerns of modern day society and is a value that is taken for granted by most now that social media puts everyone’s so called identity into an aspect of importance. The paranoia of homogenization in a fully industrialized society or bureaucratically ran dystopia has … Continue reading

Movie Review: Godzilla (2014)- An Unbalanced Lumbering Beast of a Film That Touts Strength in Action Subtlety but Lacks Legitimate Human Heart and Development

Back in 1954 a monster emerged from the seas into our pop culture consciousness known then as Godzilla (a.k.a. Gojira) and in his monstrous horror came the embodiment of a country’s fears of the nuclear age and a melancholy drama focusing on the aftermath of nuclear destruction. Of course this original intention of the monster … Continue reading

Movie Review: Noah- Darren Aronofsky’s Updated Environmental Biblical Epic Finds Strength in Visual Metaphor but Loses Itself in an Uneven and Preachy Presentation

Darren Aronofsky is arguably a working, living, and breathing auteur who invokes deeply personal viewpoints and a stylistic hue towards reinforcing that perception who consistently challenges our pristine comfort levels and our fairly conventional perceptions with edgy, moody, and darkly meditative material. So it came as an oddly intriguing surprise to hear that he would … Continue reading

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