Movies & Films

Reviews of both new release and older movies & films.

Throwback Thursday: It’s a Cool, Cool World For the Ice Pirates

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. I will go on record stating that 1984 was a great year for genre films. We got Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Neverending Story, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Terminator, and that doesn’t even include some other equally entertaining films that hit theaters and drive-ins...

Movies of Mention! The Fate of the Furious, Going in Style, Watership Down, and More

Welcome to your movie-geek roundup of what’s new and worth your attention on the big screen and streaming at home. Let us know in the comments what you’re going to be watching! In Theaters The Fate of the Furious (Now Playing) As the eighth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise, this latest picture finds the street-racing action speeding crazily on flat tires. This time, the crew finds that their leader, Toretto (Vin Diesel), is working for the...

The Sounding Combines Darkness, Warmth, and Stellar Acting

The screen fades in on an overhead view of waves hitting rocks, putting you in the mind of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. That first shot isn’t the only imagery that reminded me of a Shakespearean locale, but it definitely sets the mood perfectly for the tale that unfolds in The Sounding, both directed by and starring Catherine Eaton. The quick synopsis is that a woman in Maine, after almost a lifetime of silence, decides to finally speak. That she...

Throwback Thursday: Getting into Outland

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Though known primarily for his immortal role as James Bond, Sean Connery has been in a surprising number of genre films. From 1974’s Zardoz to the Highlander films and the one that unfortunately made him stop acting, 2003’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. There is one specific sci-fi film of...

Was the Transformers: The Last Knight Sneak Peek Event a Transforming Experience or Just Hype?

Being fan of the Transformers franchise since long before the cinematic renditions, I am always wary of the modern interpretations of my childhood heroes and villains. Which is why, while I was excited about having the chance on April 4 to get a first look at the upcoming fifth installment of the movie franchise, The Last Knight, I still remained skeptical. But that changed after viewing the roughly 25-minute sneak peek, about 20 minutes of which was film footage, some...

Throwback Thursday: Travel through the Stargate to a Spader-Filled World

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Roland Emmerich is a director who likes to blow things up. If you drank a shot for all the times man-made monuments have been destroyed in his films, you’d be pretty drunk. One of the biggest criticisms of his work is just that: he likes to blow things up....

Movies of Mention! Ghost in the Shell, Kubo and the Two Strings, Lone Wolf and Cub, and More

Welcome to your movie-geek roundup of what’s new and worth your attention on the big screen and streaming at home. Let us know in the comments what you’re going to be watching! In Theaters Ghost in the Shell (Now Playing) Director Rupert Sanders approaches the American remake of Mamoru Oshii’s animated masterpiece with all visual tribute and little intelligent writing. Scarlett Johansson plays (the) Major, who has been placed in the first completely synthetic cyborg body and is searching...

Life Is the Latest in a Long Line of Bug Hunts

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: six people are trapped in one location with an implacable, unknowable, and unfeeling monster that eliminates them one by one while they struggle to understand the lack of empathy and meaning in our cold, lifeless universe. That’s right—I’m talking about The Bachelorette! That scenario would also, I suppose, describe any haunted-house or psycho-killer horror movie shot in the last 40 years. Make the location a spaceship and the monster from another planet...

Ghost in the Shell Is a Mostly Faithful Translation of an Anime Classic

Let’s get this out of the way: Ghost in the Shell is a solid rendition that overall does a good job of bringing anime source material to the big screen. That being said, such a faithful rendition of the source material has many of the same shortcomings and a few new ones that have cropped up due to the cultural blindness of the film. First, of course, we need to address the elephant in the room—the whitewashing of the heroine. In...

Throwback Thursday: The Last Starfighter Answers the Hero’s Call

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. There are a couple movie scenes that scarred me as a child. One happened when I was eight and I will write about it some other time. There was another scene that took place the summer of 1984. A lot of amazing films were released that year, and you might...
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