Review – “Gravity”

October 11, 2013

There’s some innate genius about the way director Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) can juxtapose beauty with death and darkness. Gravity, a passion project over four years in the making, is yet another example of this skillful blend. It opens with text explaining, “Life in space is impossible.”

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Review – “Prisoners”

October 7, 2013

A short ways into Prisoners, there is a quote on the radio about the importance of patience and penance, and working through trying times. The Lord’s Prayer is uttered at least twice, and faith plays a prominent role. But every man has a breaking point, and different ways of handling hardships.

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Review – “The World’s End”

There is nothing inherently wrong with nostalgia, but if you’re not careful, you into one of those guys who listens to Springsteen’s “Glory Days” and utters the words, “High school was the best time of my life.” In Edgar Wright’s new sci-fi-comedy The World’s End, that guy is Gary King.

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Review: The To Do List

September 17, 2013

Taking place in 1993, the movie revolves around Brandy Klark, played by Parks and Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza. Unlike her past roles where she was a malcontent or snarking hipster, Plaza’s Brandy is a tightly-wound nerd who has dominated all her classes and extracurricular activities, graduating top of her high school class.

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Review: Jobs

Although the role for Steve Jobs is played by the unexpected Ashton Kutcher, who’s most memorable from “That 70’s Show” as playing the notoriously unintelligent role of Kelso, he puts on a remarkable performance that’s captivating, and wistful.

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Film Review: House (1977)

July 5, 2013

The origin of the film is rather peculiar and makes sense, given the context. Jaws had come out two years earlier, and the bosses at Toho Studios thought that if a then-amateur like Spielberg could do that well, they could do the same.

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Film Review: This is the End

If you go into the theater expecting another stupid, overly blue comedy without any substance beyond satirized stoner impressions and pussy actor bitches… you won’t be disappointed. There’s plenty of that shit, but also a surprising amount of morality and commentary on the shallow behavior of Hollywood actors and their lifestyles.

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