Category Archives: Movies & TV

[REVIEW] Her

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Bold, insightful, and remarkably positive, director Spike Jonze’s (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Where the Wild Things Are) latest offering is an unmitigated success. Her, the poignant story of one man’s love affair with his tech suite’s sapient operating system, is neither as whimsical nor as unsettling as its premise might suggest. Instead, the film cuts straight to the heart of the wonder and untidiness of personal relationships. Like all great science fiction, it presents our own world back to us, heightened, so we can examine the human experience with new eyes. Continue reading

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[REVIEW] Elysium

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This week, a meek freak ekes by with a bleak, somewhat tongue-in-cheek peek at sleek, badly-tweaked, creaky cinematic chic.

                                                                      

A slick sci-fi concept piece, Elysium left me feeling cold, underwhelmed, and more than a little preached at. Never quite able to completely mask a markedly propagandist slant behind its veneer of action movie tropes, its lack of subtlety shares something in common with Neil Young’s “protest” songs of recent years (e.g., “Let’s Impeach the President”). Director Neill Blomkamp’s previous sermon, District 9, held up because the originality and zaniness of the film’s story transcended its overt political commentary. Elysium has no such fallback because its adaptation of the typical Hollywoodized action hero’s journey fails to inject much freshness into the formula. Continue reading

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[REVIEW] The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

desolation-of-smaugI interrupt my regularly scheduled post this week to offer a spoiler light review of The Desolation of Smaug. As always, the opinions below are solely my own. If you had a mainly positive experience with the film, more power to you. You just might want to stop reading now. Continue reading

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Superhero Movie News

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It’s been a busy couple of days in the world of superhero cinema. The last 48 hours have seen at least two significant announcements and the debut of a much anticipated trailer. For those who don’t keep their ear to superheroic turf, here’s a quick rundown of the highlights: Continue reading

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[REVIEW] Thor: The Dark World, Pt. 2 – The Future of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe

thor-the-dark-world-movie-title-logo2Marvel’s capable if formulaic Thor: The Dark World (see Pt. 1 for my review proper) did prove noteworthy in at least one regard in that it offered its audience a peek behind the curtain at the studio’s future plans. What exactly does Marvel have up its sleeve? And does The Dark World have something fresh to say after all? Continue reading

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