Saturday, May 27, 2017

Thoughts on Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

This movie is what Harry Potter would be if it was directed by Tim Burton. Most if his tropes are present in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. There are some dark elements to make it fun but it still just feels like a Tim Burton X-Men movie. It's okay if you have nothing else to watch and want something a bit weird.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Thoughts on Edge of Seventeen

Edge of Seventeen  is pretty fun movie. There is a lot of angst and elements that make it pretty relatable. There are elements ot other teen movies but that might just be a part of the genre. It's definitely got a solid story with good performances by great actors that make it work. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Thoughts on Beyond the Gates

Beyond the Gates is a pretty fun little horror movie. It had a touch of Jumanji with an 80s horror movie vibe. The cast is good and the themes are dark with well developed characters. If you have ever played a vhs board game, then this movie will have a certain charm for you. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Thoughts on The Void

The Void is okay for what the most part. It is a decent enough horror concept with some conventional effects. The problem is the script isn't great and much of the movie is filmed in the dark. So you can't see a lot of things. If it had a big budget and focused more on the Lovecraft aspects it might have been better. Still, it is not a bad movie and worth checking out.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Thoughts on The Autopsy of Jane Doe

The Autopsy of Jane Doe is good for the most part. The acting is good and the concept is okay then the movie sort of paints itself into a corner that it all becomes a big confusing mess. It isn't awful but man it goes off the rail by the third act.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thoughts on Keeping Up With the Joneses

Keeping Up With the Joneses is a mediocre comedy that goes through all the motions. It is the sort of movie that is  so forgettable that you'll wonder how it even got greenlit. It is predictable and a waste of some talented folks. If you are curious it might be worth a rental but if not you won't be missing much.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Thoughts on the Secret Lives of Pets

The Secret Lives of Pets is okay. The plot of all over the place. It comes off a bit muddled and all the elements make it like jangling keys in front of a kid. It is still entertaining despite certain elements only added to give some comedians a paycheck.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thoughts on 31

Rob Zombie's movie 31 is visually compelling and the soundtrack is good bit the characters are not well-developed or interesting. It is exploitative and depraved at times and missing his signature fun dialogue. The film is a pretty weak entry for a Rob Zombie movie. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Thoughts on Moana

Moana is a really beautiful movie. It tells a great story with interesting characters that go through great growth and tells a powerful tale of redemption. The animation is fantastic and will make anyone desire a trip to Hawaii soon. It is totally worth checking out.

Thoughts on Brother Nature

Brother Nature is an okay comedy that mixes Black Sheep and The Great Outdoors. There is nothing really awful about it but also nothing very memorable. It is a fine example of comedic mediocrity. It has a few fun moments, but not enough to differentiate it from the countless others like it.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thoughts on Zardoz

This movie is weird. That is putting it lightly. Zardoz is bizarre and I am sure is appreciated for that in many circles but it just left me confused as to the point of it all and why it took so long to get to what it was trying to say. It is worth seeing if you love cult movies or just want something that challenges you.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Thoughts on the BFG

As a fan of the book I looked forward to the film adaptation of the BFG. It is sort of a mixed bag. It's a pretty movie and it's well acted but it is a bit tone deaf. One scene will be a dark scene about giants eating children the next will be the Queen of England farting. It is worth a rental if curious but otherwise it is pretty forgettable. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Thoughts on Kubo and the Two Strings.

Kubo and the Two Strings is a beautiful movie with an epic story of loss and adventure and overvoming extreme obstacle. The characters are fantastic, the art is dreamy, and the story is wonderful. It is a lovely movie that should be seen.

Thoughts on While We're Young

While We're Young is a disappointing waste of a talented cast. The story is a pointless cliche and the cast seems to know it since they phone it in as beat they can given the material. Really, it is a shame and not worth seeing

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Thoughts on Trolls

Trolls is a cute movie featuring fun, colorful animation that looks like the PlayStation game Little Big Planet. The music is peppy and the message will please any kid. Totally worth showing to your child.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thoughts on Train to Busan

The South Korean zombie movie Train to Busan is a breath of fresh air to the tired genre. The characters are well developed and the plot interesting with scenes that are creepy utilizing effects that are certainly worth seeing.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Thoughts on Pete's Dragon (2016)

Pete's Dragon (2016) is a decent remake. It is different enough to be enjoyable and considered it's own movie. It at times feels like an alternate universe version of Mama. Still, it has heart and is an entertaining movie.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Thoughts on Storks

The Storks preview felt like it would have been an animated style that really wasn't my taste. However, the characters and movement really felt like a throwback to Looney Tunes animation. It was a smart movie with heart and humor. I love being wrong about movies sometimes.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Thoughts on Life

Life is like if you mixed Alien, the Thing, and Gravity in blender. It is okay at best and forgettable at worst. 

Thoughts on Beauty and the Beast

Why call this live action when so much of it is CGI? Still, I would gladly watch a Gaston and La Fou movie. They steal the show.

Thoughts in Kong Skull Island.

Kong: Skull Island raised the bar from Godzilla. It added much needed appropriate humor to lighten the dour mood.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Operation Avalanche - review

Operation Avalanche is a clever movie that takes the moon landing conspiracy theory and weaves an entertaining story out of the concept. The story is fascinating, the characters show depth, and the film style is surprisingly authentic looking. The soundtrack is also very fun and captures the time period well. 

Operation Avalanche is a found footage mockumentary about two CIA agents that are working to find a KGB mole working in NASA during the space race to the moon. During their investigation they discover that NASA will never be able to successfully achieve the lunar mission. Using special effects methods learned from Stanley Kubrick, the agents then attempt to go about faking a moon landing to fool the public that NASA has done the impossible.

The footage of Operation Avalanche has a very authentic look. The film has an old quality with minor scratches and imperfections that film stock regularly had. The costumes, sets, and even a car chase all have a sense of authenticity to them. This realism adds to the tension of the thrills, which ensue in the conspiracy plot in the film. Their skills of the writing and acting was very noteworthy and the script was very taut, witty, and smart.

If you are interested in a film that does something completely different, give Operation Avalanche a try. The mixture of genres and smart ideas come together to remind audiences what movies can do as an art form. They should occasionally challenge our perceptions and our ideas and still entertain. Operation Avalanche remarkably manages to achieve this lofty goal.

Split - review

Split is a thriller from director M. Night Shyamalan. While many of his films have been, arguably, hit or miss, Split is a very good and tense movie. The film builds tension in amazing scenes and the acting is incredibly entertaining. It focuses on a simple idea and makes a strong story based around that concept without relying on plot twists in a vain attempt to shock audiences.

Split tells the story about three girls who were kidnapped from a birthday party by a man with 23 different personalities. The man has them trapped in a small room and interacts with them in his various personas. The girls try to find a way to escape and at the same time deal with the insane person and the coming of a new personality that promises to murder them all in horrible ways.

James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy do an amazing job. McAvoy shows audiences an amazing display of his skills as he becomes various characters at the drop of a hat. Anya Taylor-Joy embodies the theme of a broken person. Both characters are fascinating and have a depth to their tragic nature and the fact that they are made exceptional through their suffering.

If there are any complaints there are some small nitpicking issues that fairly minor. The movie is very good but if it were up to me I would have cut the very final scene before the credits. It adds a silly connection to the Unbreakable universe that is unnecessary and really adds nothing to the movie except for a strange change in tone that is unwarranted.

Split is a creepy and fun return to form for Shyamalan. The acting is solid and the story is remarkably subtle in its buildup to terror. The movie does its job well and with the exception of the final few minutes it will keep you entertained and at the edge of your seat. If you were a fan of any of this director’s past films, or enjoy a good thriller, Split is certainly worth checking out.