Archive for the 2018 Category

READY PLAYER ONE

I really hate nostalgia. That doesn’t mean I don’t understand why people get nostalgic. It makes perfect sense for people to lament about the good things in their past that are no longer around. I get nostalgic about things too. Nostalgia doesn’t do much other than impede […]

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UNSANE

Over the last century, the basics of filmmaking have remained rather unchanged. You need a camera, some actors to be in front of it, some lights to light your actors, crew members to assist in various ways, and so on and so forth. While the basics are […]

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PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING

Oh, giant monster movies. You gotta love ’em, right? Who doesn’t enjoy a good rock ’em, sock ’em time between two gigantic beings in a big city? I know I sure do. I grew up watching the old Godzilla films, all while playing with my toy Godzilla and King Ghidorah, making them fight […]

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THOROUGHBREDS

If there’s one emotion a lot of people don’t like to feel while watching a movie, or just in general, it’s feeling uncomfortable. Nobody wants to feel that way. We watch movies to escape and make us feel good, right? Well, some do. I love a feel-good movie as […]

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THE HURRICANE HEIST

When it comes to most schlocky action films, you know exactly what you’re going to get: a whole lot of nothing but stupid ridiculousness. Is it going to be well made stupid ridiculousness, though? That’s the key, but not often the case. You’re obviously not going to get any thematic depth from any of […]

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TOMB RAIDER

Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of my favorite films of all time. It may actually be my favorite film overall, but sometimes it’s hard to pick. It’s just a 100% pitch perfect action adventure film, though. It’s exciting, tense, brutal, dramatic, and overall, just plain fun. […]

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DEATH WISH (2018)

Revenge movies are my jam, but what really requires a film centered around revenge to work? Well, it helps to see the protagonist get back at all the people who wronged him in the most brutal ways possible. That’s key. What matters most, though, is believing in the reason for revenge […]

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ANNIHILATION

One of the main things I love about horror films is the overwhelming sense of dread they can make you feel. I love going through the same emotions the characters are. Constantly uneased and tense, with an odd feeling forming in my stomach anticipating what could happen next. An […]

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BLACK PANTHER

My biggest problem with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and with a lot of blockbuster filmmaking in general, is that it’s all so cold and calculated. Films that should be exhilarating and exciting are instead micromanaged and focused grouped to death, stifling creativity and resulting in bland end products. Sure, MCU films […]

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THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX

Cloverfield was a perfectly fine, entertaining found footage monster movie. That’s all it ever was, and all it ever should have been. We never needed a sequel, and we certainly didn’t need it to start a connected universe with other films… yet here we are. In 2016, eight […]

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