Archive for the Action Category

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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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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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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JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

There seems to be this bizarre train of thought amongst my age demographic (millennials who grew up in the 1990’s) that the film Jumanji is a “classic”. It’s a perfectly fine adventure film with good performances, fun action setpieces, and visual effects that have aged as well as a glass of iced […]

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STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII: THE LAST JEDI

When talking about movies, I sometimes get the question, “Hunter, do you like Star Wars?” Well, that’s a pretty easy answer. I like good movies, and some of the Star Wars movies are good, and some of them not so much. I genuinely love A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, which […]

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JUSTICE LEAGUE

Every year has a box office and critical surprise success story, and Wonder Woman happened to be both. Coming hot off the heels of three poorly received DC comics films, nobody expected it to be one of the best reviewed and highest grossing films of the year. It wasn’t just a solid film, but one of those […]

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THE FOREIGNER

I’ve made it known in other reviews that I have a big soft spot for revenge films. I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something about watching someone getting back at the ones who wronged them that just strikes a primal chord with me. I’m also a big fan of martial arts […]

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THOR: RAGNAROK

Whenever a new film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) comes out and a director with a distinct voice and style is attached, people always hype it up that this one is “finally going to be different”. Here we have a new Thor film, with New Zealander Taika Waititi, a comedy director known for his witty and highly absurd humor, […]

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