Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

I was a little nervous going into this film.  With the resurgence of Star Wars films in the last 17 years there has certainly been some ups and downs and more downs than ups.  I enjoyed the recent addition to the saga, but was unclear as to how this film was going to fit in with the Star Wars story.  My initial impression was that this film would be the first part of a new trilogy, but I am glad that this is a standalone piece that fits in spectacularly with the original trilogy. Continue reading “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)”

Deadpool (2016)

Ryan Reynolds has yet again found a bombastic, confident character that relishes every moment of screen time.  To be honest, I found his style tiring right away when I first saw him in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder.  There is just something about his smug and arrogant demeanor that is hard to watch.  Luckily, his tiresome foibles epitomize the role of Deadpool. Continue reading “Deadpool (2016)”

Last Airbender, The (2010)

The only reason that I am writing this review is because I needed to set a standard for my lowest rating.  In general I do not plan to write too many reviews that bash films without any constructive criticism.  A tremendous amount of time and work goes into movies and sometimes they just do not work out.  This film is an example of, possibly, the poorest execution of a film in recent history.   Continue reading “Last Airbender, The (2010)”

Suicide Squad (2016)

I am not 100% sure what I was expecting when I went in to this one.  I had a good idea from the trailer that it was going to be full of cheap, gimmicky laughs and overdone, bland action sequences.  That turned out to be wishful thinking.  I wanted to enjoy it as the concept of a villain cast is much more appealing, or at least refreshing, than just another good guy action flick with little to no turmoil or struggle.  Unfortunately, DC relied too much on the antihero theme, explosions, and corn ball lines instead of character development.  I suppose I should have set my standards to generic blockbuster action flick, but I was hoping to get a little more out of it.  The biggest impact this film had was introducing people to Harley Quinn in a cinematic way and setting the stage for the most popular Halloween costume. Continue reading “Suicide Squad (2016)”

Cloverfield (2008)

The concept behind this movie is one that sounds good on paper, but to fully capture that idea leads to unforeseen problems.  The decision to take the “handy-cam” approach to fully immerse the viewer into the moment can be compelling and also disorienting to the point of exhaustion.  If you exclude the scenes where the camera is shaking so vigorously for such an extended period of time that I feel a seizure coming on and the cornball love story dialogue, then you are left with a suspenseful and engaging film.  Perhaps some find the handy-cam style appropriate, but I just cannot do it.   The positives to the handy-cam style are that we get to feel that we are there with the characters more intimately and the viewer can possibly buy that they are watching “found footage”, to add to the realism.  It is just at the risk of distracting the viewer from the actual substance of a film, or lack there of.

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Brother (2000)

Takeshi Kitano’s Brother brings a member of the yakuza to L.A. where he runs into the mafia.  While not Kitano’s best film, namely Zatoichi, Sonatine, or Kikujiro, I still applaud his attempt to bring his style to an American audience.  In the end, the story has been done before and the acting is silly at times.  With that said it is a good watch if you are looking for a Japanese action film that isn’t filled with strange and unpredictable scenarios.

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