Gravity

I don’t do too many movie reviews here, but after viewing this gem of a film, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share my feelings. Gravity, as I’m sure you’re aware, has been nominated for 10 Oscars. In my head, this should be an indication of an excellent film. Bonus: it’s only an hour and a half long. A movie of reasonable length that has been nominated for numerous awards – how could this go wrong? Continue reading “Gravity”

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

I recently learned that when inflation is taken into account, the much-anticipated sequel to Anchorman had box office returns that were essentially the same as those of the original. That is to say, it didn’t do very well. Anchorman itself is more of a cult classic and it did not enjoy popularity during its time in theaters. Therefore, the news of such a weak performance in this instance solidified Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues as an admirable followup to an untouchable masterpiece. Continue reading “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”

Carrie the Remake versus Carrie by Stephen King

Carrie did not need to be remade. The book is awesome, and the original movie is pretty darn good. Of course, when I heard that an updated version was being released, I knew I had to see it. I quickly reread the endearing little novel, and prepared myself to be amazed. Okay, maybe not amazed, but at least entertained. As it turns out, I was not amazed or entertained. My sister and fellow critic, Tarah, has a way of pointing out crucial downfalls of films and literature, and she hit this one right on the head: what the Carrie remake is so desperately lacking is a point. Continue reading “Carrie the Remake versus Carrie by Stephen King”

Jobs

Going into Jobs, my knowledge of the Apple backstory was somewhat – but not entirely – limited. I was marginally prepared to judge this film due to an underrated little piece of cinema titled Pirates of Silicon Valley, an epic adventure that is succinctly described by IMDB as “History of Apple and Microsoft.” But in truth, it is so much more. You may be wondering to yourself how such a film could have escaped your radar. Sadly, 1999 made-for-TV TNT films tend to be overlooked. While Pirates has a real ‘90s feel about it in a film-making sense (dream sequences, quality dialogue, etc.), it neatly outlines the genesis of personal computing. It entertains and sustains audience attention; it moves quickly and wraps itself up in a tidy 95 minutes. As if things couldn’t get any better, Anthony Michael Hall plays Bill Gates, while Noah Wyle portrays his arch nemesis, Steve Jobs. This is the epitome of made-for-TV gold. Continue reading “Jobs”

The Campaign: Falls Short of My Depraved Expectations

According to IMDB, the current top three movies are: 3) The Godfather: Part II; 2) The Godfather; and 1) The Shawshank Redemption. Because these are presently considered the three greatest movies ever, we can safely assume that each contains deep themes, intense symbolism, and impressive character development. But, this also makes them stagnant and unoriginal. When considering what makes a movie “great,” we must look to a film that utterly altered the landscape of cinema ; there is only one movie that is universally recognized by critics as the greatest story ever told (even though it largely lacks any sense of a plot and is riddled with jokes concerning genitalia, alcohol, and sex). This movie, of course, is Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Continue reading “The Campaign: Falls Short of My Depraved Expectations”

The Amazing Spiderman: A Treat in Cross-Species Experimentation!

Remember the golden age of the cinema, back when filmmakers would wait a good thirty years before remaking a movie? Well, I recently learned that a remake is different than a reboot, and apparently The Amazing Spiderman represents the latter. Ohh! So this is how Hollywood justifies spitting out the same superhero movies every sixteen months or so! Continue reading “The Amazing Spiderman: A Treat in Cross-Species Experimentation!”

The Raven – Quoth the Blogger, “Nevermore”

On the day of his death, Edgar Allan Poe was discovered in an incoherent state, and his whereabouts and activities on the days leading up to his demise remain unclear. I’m quite certain this is where the screenwriters of The Raven abandoned any attempt of historical accuracy, and instead turned to fabricating a nonsensical tale of mystery and intended intrigue. Please note my use of the word intended. Continue reading “The Raven – Quoth the Blogger, “Nevermore””