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Review | The November Man

Review | The November Man

Aug 27, 2014

The November Man really wants to be a big, dumb action movie, and it achieves that goal for several brief moments. It’s the type of movie that Steven Seagal or Jean-Claude Van Damme has put out in recent years, with a plot that is pasted together using nothing but cliches and enough cursing and female nudity to hide its lack of substance. However, this...

Review | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Review | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Aug 7, 2014

The development process of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles should have been a recipe for disaster. First, Michael Bay was attached as a producer, and while this shouldn’t have necessarily been a bad thing, so much of the geek community was burned by the Transformers movies that all they had in response was venom and hate. Then he opened his dumb mouth and said...

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

Jul 13, 2014

The poster for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes features a picture of an angry chimpanzee riding on a horse while wielding an assault rifle. It is my duty as a reviewer to go into films with an open mind, but I must admit that there are few concepts you could put in front of me that would fill me with glee more than that specific vision. Thankfully for my...

Earth To Echo Review

Earth To Echo Review

Jul 3, 2014

Developed, funded, and then eventually discarded by Disney, Earth to Echo is an interesting stab at creating a technologically updated version of E.T. for today’s easily distracted youth. Whereas Steven Spielberg’s lovable alien desired only to phone home on a landline, Echo the robot overtakes the smartphones of our protagonists and gives them GPS...

Transformers: Age of Extinction Review

Transformers: Age of Extinction Review

Jun 26, 2014

I have a love/hate relationship with Transformers. I watched several iterations of the show when I was young and I, of course, loved having the toys, but it was never a franchise I had any real loyalty to. The first movie wasn’t anything spectacular, but it was a fun blockbuster that accomplished what it was trying to do. Then Transformers: Revenge of the...

22 Jump Street Review

22 Jump Street Review

Jun 13, 2014

There was quite a bit of dissent when it was announced they were making a 21 Jump Street movie. After all, 21 Jump Street was a fondly remembered serious crime drama starring king of the world Johnny Depp.  As such, putting it in the hands of a comedy director team Phil Lord and Chris Miller was expected to only the tarnish the name. What they did was create a...

How To Train Your Dragon 2 Review

How To Train Your Dragon 2 Review

Jun 12, 2014

How To Train Your Dragon was a huge step forward for Dreamworks when it released in 2010. Had Pixar not released the brilliant Toy Story 3 the same year, it would have won the Oscar for best animated film. Until then, Dreamworks was known for putting out fun, but ultimately disposable animated romps. The first film spoke to me and became the movie I would put...

The Fault In Our Stars Review

The Fault In Our Stars Review

Jun 6, 2014

We, as a culture, almost seem to get off on tragedy. Seven Pounds is about a father who feels responsible for the death of his family, so he finds deserving transplant patients and then commits suicide so they can live with his organs. My Sister’s Keeper is about suing your family for emancipation because they want to give away your kidney to your sick...

X-Men: Days of Future Past Review

X-Men: Days of Future Past Review

May 22, 2014

Way back in the year 2000, after watching the very first X-Men, I couldn’t imagine that the film would spawn a seven movie franchise. It was a quiet action film with strange pacing and way too many characters. Of course, that’s the strength of the X-Men in general, with its cast of thousands, invulnerable to actors declining to reappear, character...

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return Review

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return Review

May 9, 2014

I’ve always found that there is something intangible about L. Frank Baum’s world of Oz. The sheer number of insane beings that supposedly live there along should be enough to derail it, but somehow it all makes sense that Dorothy would encounter a forest of talking trees and flying monkeys on her way to the Emerald City. Oz never stays on the same...