Archive for the R Category

RAMBO: LAST BLOOD

The Rambo franchise is unique in the fact that First Blood, the first film in the series, feels completely different from its follow-ups, in almost every respect. Tone, thematic depth, intelligence, grounded realism, etc. I watched the entire series for the first time to prepare for this final film and […]

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ROCKETMAN

The musical biopic just may be the most trope filled genre in all of film. Going back as far as the 1970’s, they haven’t really changed much and they all basically follow the same formula. How the subject grew up as a child, their discovery of music, […]

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READY OR NOT

I adore horror, thriller, and dark comedy films, but it’s not often because of the strengths of their screenplays. Their scripts are definitely good enough to bring the goods, but most of the fun is brought on by the director’s atmosphere and pacing, the composer’s music, and the actors performances. […]

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ROMA

Understated film direction often doesn’t get the credit it deserves. When some people look for “good direction”, they look for something with a lot of style, action, and just a lot of stuff going on in the camera in general. That’s certainly all direction, but people seem […]

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REPLICAS

With Escape Room kicking off the 2019 film year, I was surprised that the first film of January ended up being not so terrible. I commented it could possibly be an omen for a good year to come, but who was I kidding? Of course it wouldn’t last! Not only a […]

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RAMPAGE

When my friend and I saw The Hurricane Heist last month, we were treated to back to back trailers for Rampage and Skyscraper, both new blockbuster films starring The Rock. After the second trailer, my friend leaned over to me and whispered, “So, is The Rock the new Arnold Schwarzenegger now?” Well, with his […]

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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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THE RAID: REDEMPTION/THE RAID 2: BERANDAL

Action films, especially of the martial arts variety, are primarily about one thing: display. The entire point is to watch people perform insane stunts and choreography, while also realistically portraying brutal fights to the death. As filmmaking technology, especially editing, has improved, action filmmaking has only improved […]

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RAW

Blood and guts are disgusting, not scary. Jump scares are startling, not scary. I’m very particular when it comes to horror films. Great gore effects and a well executed jump scare can be effective, but they’ve been so poorly overdone to the point where the effect has […]

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ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

Star Wars was a special thing. Yes, was. Some people cheer at the prospect of a new Star Wars film every year. Others, such as myself, somewhat lament the fact. I don’t have a problem with Star Wars itself. I just love good films and with this series, […]

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