Recap + Review – Orphan Black: “Governed As It Were by Chance”

Last episode of Orphan Black entitled: “Governed as It Were by Chance” was just as intense. There’s quite a lot of questions that have been answered but still are confusing as ever.

Quasi-Grown Ups: Neighbors

Neighbors is a surprisingly fresh comedy. Which says a lot for a premise that seems so generic it had me really iffy about this whole thing to start with. The film blends elements of spontaneity and off-the-cuff charm that add a layer of realism.

Reckless Driving: Locke

“I just want to know that when the sun comes up, I can turn around and drive home.” Steven Spielberg’s reaction to Locke is pretty much the same reaction anyone who enjoys the film will have after seeing it; he immediately asked Tom Hardy “How did you do that?” By “that”, Spielberg means: how did you just drive around in a car for 85 minutes and keep me enthralled the whole time?

God’s Pocket – Movie Review

God’s Pocket contains one of the last performances of the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman, and that alone makes it worth watching. It also boasts a fantastic cast of character actors, and marks the feature directorial debut of Mad Men’s John Slattery. Unfortunately, a feeling of malaise blankets the whole film, and makes the final product feel like it’s lacking.

The Crow 1994

Brandon Lee plays Eric Draven, a talented musician who is killed along with his girlfriend, Shelley on Devil’s night. A year has passed since they both were killed when Eric returns from the grave and follows a Crow that guides him to the people responsible for their deaths. The scene is now set for revenge and justice for Eric and he also obtains solace and comfort from his friend Sarah and Detective Albrecht.

Let’s Be Awful to Children: Bad Words

Of all film genres, comedy has to be the hardest to succeed at. Just take a look at the IMDb Top 250 and you’ll only find a very small handful of comedies listed. The public consciousness is fickle when it comes to what it finds funny in any given decade resulting in an onslaught of identical comedies every few years.

The Bright Knight: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

“Wow!” That’s the word that continually prefaced everything I had to say about this movie once the lights came up in the theater. Not since seeing The Dark Knight have I left my seat feeling like I just watched a comic book movie transcend the usual pitfalls that plague the genre, becoming something else entirely.

Godlike: Noah

Darren Aronofsky’s decision to make a big budget Hollywood movie production of the Old Testament story of Noah and his ark was a bold one. It was never going to please bible purists and nonbelievers are unlikely to be converted by a movie in 2014. It’s clear that Aronofsky just wanted to tell this epic story in his own way and in that vein Noah is a success. Don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s all smooth sailing as this movie hits some choppy water before finding dry land.

Entangled in the Past: Only Lovers Left Alive

Let’s just acknowledge that pop culture is pretty much done with vampires for another twenty years or so. They had a good run there for a while, what with True Blood, Twilight, Buffy, et al., but the ride is pretty much over. Hell, we’ve already moved on (and grown tired of) zombies by this point. Only Lovers Left Alive is not concerned with what pop culture wants or doesn’t want. In fact, it has a disdain for the populace in general.

Good Night, Children: The Sacrament

Ti West is a name cinephiles tend to drop when discussing horror films amongst themselves. A much more well-known name in horror you may have heard over the past decade is that of Eli Roth. The two could not have more polarizing takes on the genre yet they’ve teamed up (West as writer and director, Roth as producer) to make The Sacrament, a movie about a hippie commune with a dark secret.

I’m Not a Real Boy: The Double

What do you get when Wes Anderson, David Lynch and Spike Jonze have weird sex and one of them gets pregnant and decides to keep the baby? You get Richard Ayoade’s new dark comedy, The Double, a wildly imaginative adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novella that goes by the same name.

Underrated: Contact (1997)

The trailers for Contact leaned heavily on the idea that we would be meeting with an alien race and that would be the whole point of the film. It wasn’t and as a result audiences were pissed.