Footloose – 5 Word Review

FootloosePosterBetter than remake, but not…

…maybe a 5 word review isn’t that easy. Here’s the 6 word review!

Better than remake, but not perfect.

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Hope to have a longer review up shortly!

 

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Star Trek Into Darkness (Spoiler-free) Review

StarTrekIntoDarkness_FinalUSPosterDespite loving the new Star Trek film, and enjoying the classics, I was always a bit skeptical when it came to Into Darkness. I’m not sure why, but there was a seed of doubt in my head that I couldn’t shake. The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch and they all play their respective roles wonderfully. The supporting cast also does great, with Anton Yelchin and Simon Pegg ruling their screen time, though I wish they’d of had more. Zoe Saldana is good as Uhura but her role was lessened compared to the first.

The story is good, not the greatest, but good nonetheless. I can’t help but feel like the writers took fractions of past Star Trek movies and put them in this one. It might have been too excessive to the point where it felt more desperate than a respectful nod to the past. The film has considerably less lens flare than the previous installment, which was a welcome change.

In terms of Star Trek movies, this one isn’t as good as 2009’s film and Wrath of Khan, but better than The Search for Spock. Chris Pine has done well so far as Kirk, to the point where I can’t imagine anyone else, other than Shatner as the famous character. That can really be said for all the roles, though. They all feel right, which make me want another sequel.

The movie didn’t feel at all long, which is great since it actually is long. It’s a great flick to see at the theater.

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Iron Man 3 Review

99736_galIn the first five minutes of Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3”, it becomes clear that this is not just some rehashing of the first two movies. After the title faded, and exploding metal suits filled the screen, gone were the thoughts that this would be just another light-hearted, silly ‘popcorn flick’.

As the first post-Avengers movie, “Iron Man 3” had big shoes to fill if it wanted people to forget the $1 billion grossing film. Prior to release, Marvel and Disney said that “Iron Man 3” would different as Jon Favreau, director of “Iron Man” and its first sequel.

In Favreau’s chair was 51-year-old Shane Black, known for his directorial debut “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”, a film that also starred Robert Downey, Jr. Despite underperforming at the box-office, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” became a cult success and helped Downey rebuild his career after his drug arrests in the late ‘90s.

Black and Downey’s reunion film is bold to say the least. The film follows Downey as Tony Stark, who must battle The Mandarin, a villain of unknown origin who wants to bring the United States to its knees.

Stark also suffers from anxiety attacks due to the events of 2012’s “The Avengers”. That, coupled with a lack of help from Shield, or the Avengers, leaves Stark to battle The Mandarin and his minions alone.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle also return as Pepper Potts and Capt. James Rhodes, respectively. They earn their screen time due to great chemistry with other supporting pieces and Downey.

95184_galGuy Pearce also co-stars as Aldrich Killian, a villainous opponent from Stark’s past. Pearce performs with intensity, similar to his roles in “Memento” and “Lawless”. As far as villains are concerned, Pearce has become the go-to guy for all things evil.

Ben Kingsly plays The Mandarin in a way not depicted in any of the comics. The character starts out dark and mysterious and Black goes to great lengths to make the unraveling as enjoyable as possible. Kingsly’s 41 years of acting experience do well as he brings in several dynamics to Tony Stark’s arch-nemesis.

Black’s directing is very much the same as in his other film, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”. Black’s use of light, and darkness, provided gloominess not yet utilized in a Marvel film. His directing differs greatly from the other well-known Marvel directors, like Favreau, Kenneth Branagh and Joss Whedon.

The script, co-written by Drew Pearce and Shane Black, mixes Iron Man lore and an original tale that works exceedingly well. While there are liberties taken in regards to the series that film is based on, this does allow for an unpredictable film.

The film’s dialogue is similar to Black’s previous movies, with many one liners reminiscent of “Lethal Weapon”. Some of the film’s darker scenes are still filled with witty dialogue, which is always nice.

While it might alienate die-hard fans of Iron Man, this film is worth the price of admission.

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Sinister (Re-review)

93026_galA struggling writer of true crime novels moves him and his family into a house where a grisly murder took place years before. He soon discovers a box filled with “home movies” which turn out to be videos of different families being murdered. He then starts to see some of the crazy things in his new house. Things that would make most men run away, far away.

Director Scott Derrickson really delivers at providing that audience with a good, violent and scary film. Derrickson was able to work with a low-budget and provide thrills throughout the film’s near 2 hour run time. Continue reading

To the Wonder Review…what did I just watch?

100421_gal63 of 200 new films watched in 2013

Premiering at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder” experienced a limited release in the United States, making it a bit difficult to find. The film follows an American man named Neil as he moves back to America with his French girlfriend, Marina, and her young daughter. The two lovers are soon separated by distance as Marina moves back to France with her daughter.

Malick’s use of camera technique is worth applauding. His wide shots show just how small these characters are and his up-close shots frame the stone buildings of the European countryside. Continue reading

Nobody Walks Review [62 of 200]

Nobody_Walks_movie_posterGeez, what a terrible movie. Seriously, this is a terrible, terrible movie. I mean that’s honestly all I can say. The film stars John Krasinski and Olivia Thirlby as two filmmakers, with Krasinski helping Thirlby make her artsy film. In what feels like mere minutes, the two are hooked on each other, the only problem is that Krasinski’s character is married with kids. Does that stop him? You can probably guess the right answer. Continue reading