Film Review: The Great Gatsby

June 11, 2013

The camera doesn’t stop for a moment, always gyrating around millionaire Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio) and his confidante Nick Carraway (Maguire), the less than humble narrator, as the veil of the mysterious life of the great Gatsby slowly tears, revealing his true intentions behind the most extravagant parties ever seen. Which are truly a spectacle akin to Cirque Du Soleil on crack. Luhrmann brings to the table much of what made Moulin Rouge such a visual delight.

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Film Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

June 4, 2013

It’s difficult being a film buff in this era. On one hand, if you’ve always wished Hollywood would adapt your favorite comic book tales into well-made films that did more than sell toys to kids, it’s a great time to be a lover of film and all things geek. On the other hand, the monetary success that geek-friendly properties have achieved over the past decade, alongside the other successful blockbusters of The Aughts, has lead to Hollywood developing a fixation on only stories with built-in audiences, i.e. existing franchises instead of new, unproven films. If you wanted something truly unique or at least emotionally satisfying, your options are limited.

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Movie Review: To the Wonder

May 14, 2013

Since 1954 the world of cinema has had a definition for filmmakers who use the medium to generate “high art”. The Auteur Theory has been championed by directors like Francois Truffaut, Jean Renoir, and Alfred Hitchcock over the years. The theory asserts that an auteur makes films that share a common aesthetic and break through the wall of studio interference to generate a work of moving art. Terrence Malick is perhaps the best example of an auteur in present cinema. With only five films under his belt Malick is responsible for some of the most important films in the last few decades. In 2011 Malick released Tree of Life, reinventing his style with a more angelic approach to story-telling. His latest effort, To the Wonder, takes all the style of Tree of Life and none of the brilliance.

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Review: “Oz the Great and Powerful”

April 18, 2013

Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful goes back in time to tell the story leading up to the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. James Franco stars as Oscar Diggs, who begins as an amateur magician, going by the stage name Oz, trying to make a living at a traveling circus in Kansas.

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Review: Iceage @ The Marquis Theater, 4/4

April 5, 2013

The Marquis Theater in Denver was filled with black T-shirts and denim vests last night as Iceage took the stage. The punk crowd patiently listened to the opening bands, but as soon as the four guys from Copenhagen came on, all bets were off. The crowd suddenly became wild when Iceage began their set with the first song from their new album, “Ecstasy”.

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Review: Evil Dead, Evil’s Not Dead… Not Yet

April 4, 2013

Anyone who claims to be a fan of the original cult horror films starring Bruce Campbell and directed by Sam Raimi might feel the undead chill of hesitation about watching a 22-years-later remake. But do not fret, the original duo have produced and have their hands/chainsaws deep in this new-school gore extravaganza.

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