Monthly Archives: May 2014

Godzilla (2014) — MOVIE REVIEW

Godzilla….oh what a movie that was. This movie left me scratching my head by the end of it. That isn’t because it was a bad movie by any means. But, it’s definitely a “what you see is what you get” kind of experience. Continue reading

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Arrow Season Two Finale “Unthinkable” — TV EPISODE REVIEW

Manu Bennett and Emily Bett Rickards in Arrow

The battle has arrived. Slade Wilson versus Oliver Queen. It is the moment we have all been waiting for. This season has done an outstanding job of building up this villain and hyping this final encounter. But, did it pull a Smallville Season 8, where the entire season built up the Clark Kent vs Doomsday fight, only to have it last ten seconds? A quick answer to that would be…no. If this show has proved something time and time again, it is this simple fact: Arrow is NOT Smallville. This show is grounded in a little bit more realism, it acknowledges its’ own comic book nature, and it doesn’t shy away from big moments. Continue reading

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Why Spend Money on a Movie, When You Can Just Watch the Trailer?

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Before we even get started, I’m not going to ask the question. Yes, I could have started this entire thing with a simple question: “Are Movie Trailers Ruining Movies?” The answer is a clear yes. There is no debate. There is a clear and definite answer. So, this is not a “both sides of the argument” kind of article. I am telling you why movie trailers, new and old, are ruining movies. There are so many different kinds of movies at fault. There are the trailers that just give away way too much of the movie, including major plot elements or twists, and even in certain cases, the freaking ending. There are also the trailers that show a movie in a certain light, only to have the movie come across with a different vibe entirely. Continue reading

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Neighbors — MOVIE REVIEW

Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, and Rose Byrne in Neighbors

This is one damn funny movie. Neighbors shouldn’t work overall but it does. It does a concept that feels a little familiar and borrows from other comedies in certain aspects. But where these other comedies fall short, Neighbors strives. It has been a long time since I have laughed this much at any single movie in the movie theater. The last one is probably The Wolf of Wall Street, which was the funniest movie of last year. So far, this is the funniest movie I’ve seen this year. Continue reading

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Arrow “Streets of Fire” — TV EPISODE REVIEW

John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn in Arrow

Arrow has just been kicking ass this season. I was hesitant when they started the season, because I knew they were going to be setting up the Oliver versus Slade showdown. I was worried because I didn’t know if they had it in them to do it right. But, I didn’t need to be hesitant because they have just killed it all season. That is mostly due to the very good performances by Stephen Amell and Manu Bennett. Tonight’s penultimate episode, “Streets of Fire,” really sets things up for an explosive finale. Continue reading

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Best to Worst — The ‘Spider-Man’ Movies Ranked

Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opening in theaters this week, I thought it was necessary to talk about the rest of the Spider-Man films. So I decided to rank them from best to worst. There have been five films total over the past twelve years. Five movies and two completely different Spider-Man performances. Fans and critics both are divided, as Raimi fans are loyal to the original trilogy and others kept an open mind with the newer and edgier Spider-Man. But if one thing is for certain, it doesn’t take much to make or break a superhero movie. Whether it be villains, the narrative, or something else entirely; anything can affect it.

So let’s rank these Spider-Man movies.
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Blast from the Past: Kick-Ass 2 — MOVIE REVIEW

Jim Carrey and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Kick-Ass 2.

I have to be honest. When it was announced that they were making a sequel to Kick-Ass, I was pumped. Well, at the time, it was titled “Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall.” But they ended up changing that to the basic title they finished with. But, as things started getting announced, I got legitimately worried. Matthew Vaughn didn’t come back as director; which sucks because I love Vaughn’s previous work. Plus, I didn’t know if I could buy Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s Red Mist as the main villain. Then we saw Jim Carrey get cast, which I actually liked; but his comments towards violence didn’t help the movie’s case too well. But with Jeff Wadlow taking over as director, does Kick-Ass 2 come close to the first one? No. Continue reading

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [SPOILERS] — MOVIE REVIEW

Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 marks the second installment of the rebooted Spiderman franchise and they were both directed by Marc Webb. There were many who very much disliked the first installment of the new franchise, but I personally loved it. Once again, critics and fans both are split. Some love it and some hate it. Is it because of Andrew Garfield’s performance as PeterParker/Spider-Man? Is it because of the lack of narrative? Or is it because of some other reason? I don’t know. All I can say is what I thought of it. There will be spoilers in this and they are probably spoilers you REALLY don’t want to read unless you’ve seen the movie. Continue reading

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Jake Gyllenhaal and…erm….Jake Gyllenhaal in Enemy

Enemy is definitely one of those movies you have to watch twice to probably catch everything you need to. This movie seems so basic from the outside, but it is actually littered with deeper meanings and motifs. This movie marks the second film where Jake Gyllenhaal teamed up with director DenisVilleneuve; the first one being Prisoners. Both movies are very good in their own right, but they are definitely two completely different kinds of movies. Continue reading

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Arrow “City of Blood” — TV EPISODE REVIEW

“Hey guys, check it out. I’m relevant again!” –Sebastian Blood

Coming off of last week’s shocking death, I was curious to see the tone of the newest episode of Arrow. You get the tone right away, as it starts with a funeral. With only 2 episodes to go, this episode really needed to set a tone for the final two. But did it succeed? Continue reading

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