Like its titular main character, Baz Luhrmann’s take on The Great Gatsby has invoked much glamor, speculation, star-power, and gossip amongst movie-goers and fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s original literary masterpiece. The film’s flashy previews, A-list stars, and soundtrack provided by some of today’s most popular artists have caught the attention of those that are unfamiliar with the book and those that are alike. So is it twenty-three skadoo or just a fine how-d’you-do?
Tony Stark, here you are again, you international master of marvelous manufacturing, mechanized murder mogul and magnificent egomaniacal man-slut. We love you. You’ve been kicking ass as the captain of Marvel’s flagship movie franchise monster for half a decade now and while Cap and Thor are eagerly amping up for their first sequels like prom dates on birth control you’re rounding out the trilogy in good stride. It’s good to be the king, but you have to admit that heavy is the head that wears the crown and this newest adventure labors under that burden.
Tom Cruise. Science Fiction. Morgan Freeman. If at least two of those strike your fancy, you’re in luck. Oblivion, a science fiction flick with Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman is in theatres now. But how does it do? Is it a note worthy scifi flick, or should it have remained in cryosleep?
The remake of the horror classic hit theatres this weekend. The original is heralded as a classic among horror connoisseurs, and the remake has been a hot topic for fans of the original. So how does it do? Does it do the name justice, or should have been left in the ruins of Kandar?
GI Joe: Retaliation is in theaters now, after a delay of almost a year. The first film was either loved or hated, and this sequel promised to get back to the roots of the franchise, and be an all around better flick. So how did it do? Did it hold up to that promise, or should it have been listed KIA? You want to know, and knowing is half the battle.
Sometimes spending time in a artsy college town has its advantages. Case in point, seeing a pretty good flick about hot college chicks wearing skimpy outfits and robbing banks. Spring Breakers, a film about just that, is in limited release this weekend, and everywhere in a week. So how does it do? Is it worth the admission price, or should it serve its full jail sentence?
Movies and I have a generally good relationship; that is I’m a cheap date. When I go, I expect the movie to evoke some emotion or entertainment for the 2-3 hours I’m there and then we part ways. It’s like speed dating, except I don’t have to talk. Also I never have to see them again if I don’t want to and they don’t mind. I don’t think this is too much to expect, but sometimes even a movie can make for a bad date. Oz falls into this slot and that sucks, because it was on my 2013 bucket list.
Thanks to the community, I now have a little makeshift way to post up some reviews! Since I’ve been slacking, I thought I’d do a mega post covering the past few weeks worth of flicks. I’m not going to go as in depth as usual, but I’ll try to cram in as much information as I can.
I will never really figure out why people release things like Die Hard on days such as St. Valentine’s Day, but I’m pretty certain there’s a metric ton of market research that said “this will work, trust me.” Numbers out the ass aside, what we’ve got is a typical flick: Bruce Willis plays Bruce Willis, and a new contender hits the scene as a new Die Hard, Jai Courtney, who plays John McClane’s son, Jack (and I’m sure everyone with one brain cell and half a beer has already figured out that Jack is short for John Jr.). Honestly, don’t expect an insane amount here. What we have is a popcorn flick full of guns, explosions, nukes (gotta love nukes) exploding helicopters and of course, “Yippee ki-yay, motherfucker!”
There never is much to watch after the holiday season and the pickings this January are as always, pretty slim. But one stood out as a possible reasonable watch and it happened to be Broken City. This movie stood out as a thriller/mystery that could have some clout. With a rather solid cast it was really up to the Director Allen Hughes to pull the story together. Did he do it? Well for the tl;dr crowd, I would say the answer is no. For the rest of you, read on.
Texas Chainsaw 3D is in theaters now, a little late in season for a good horror flick. After sequels, reboots, prequels to the reboots, and tons of other nonsense around the franchise, this promises to be a fresh take on the series, and liven it up some. But with a name so tarnished by horrible entries, is it worth trying to save, or should it be left to rot in the basement?
The film adaptation of John Dies At The End is on demand now, and in theatres later this month. Based on the book of the same name, it’s filled to the brim with weirdness and some truly bizarre visuals. Being adapted from such strange source material is no easy task, but legendary horror director Don Coscarelli was up to the task. So how does it do? Does it faithfully capture the weirdness, or should it have been popped out of existence?
Judd Apatow’s sort of sequel to Knocked Up, This Is 40, is in theatres now. It catches up with Debbie and Pete’s characters and shows what life at 40 is like in their shoes, and its filled to the brim with Apatow’s signature brand of adult fart jokes. So how does it do? Is it good for a laugh, or should Apatow work on growing up himself?
Welcome to the latest light-hearted romp from the wonderful mind of Quentin Tarantino, the man who brought you such family favorites as Reservoir Dogs and Inglourious Basterds. Coming up against Les Miz in the battle for holiday premier supremacy is Django Unchained starring Jamie Foxx as the titular anti-hero who seeks to rescue from the vile pits of the slave trade his treasured beloved with help from Christoph Waltz (Dr. King Shultz). Surrounded by much hype and burdened by expectations from QT loyalists like myself can this journey of violent retribution rise to the challenge?
Here it is, boys and girls. Outside of Broadway fans and Tarantino aficionados, The Hobbit is pretty much the last greatly anticipated movie of the year. After years of back and forth over production, directors, and cast, it’s all finally come together and while it may be a while before we see the whole product, we at least get a decent chunk to whet our appetites. The question is, has all the eager anticipation paid off, or are we faced with perhaps the biggest disappointment in the history of movie adaptations?