Movie Review: Scream 4 (2011)

The original three Scream films never presented a very stable blend of humor and horror. Yes, they contained both elements equally, but oftentimes the laughs came from the stupidity of the characters rather than clever writing and the scares were forced, predictable, and imposed upon forgettable victims.

Movie Review: Your Highness (2011)

Your Highness offers plenty of sword and sorcery action, explosive special effects, and bloody battles with towering beasts and hellish wizards. Too bad the film so desperately wants to be a comedy. While there are some genuinely funny moments, the vulgarities and obscenities tire quickly with their incessant usage and the colorfully inauthentic medieval speak can only carry the humor so far.

Movie Review: Arthur (2011)

The results of major plot points haven’t changed, just the situations that deliver us to those memorable moments. In this way, Arthur succeeds, offering us a reminder of the poignancy and hilarity of the original 1981 film. Yet while the plot itself remains largely the same, many of the minor details and events have changed for the worse.

Movie Review: Kill the Irishman (2011)

In Cleveland in the 1960s, Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson, delivering a largely expressionless, monotonic performance) is on the rise to become a powerful man amidst organized crime. He’s a workingman, and gains the respect of his comrades of the longshoreman’s union, enabling him to oust the previous boss Jerry Merke (Bob Gunton), governed by the mafia, to become the president himself. He does this with very little effort, throwing around a few insults and slapping or fist fighting those in his way.

Movie Review: Hanna (2011)

Hanna is a 16-year-old girl raised by her father to be the perfect killer. Her relentless combat and survival training in a desolate arctic locale has left her emotionless and devoid of remorse and pity – and she’s probably the most normal character in the film.

Movie Review: 127 Hours – Simply Amazing!

127 Hours isn’t an easy film to explain and it’s surely not an easy watch as well but the true story of Aaron Ralston who cut his own arm that was stuck under a boulder with all its unsettling imagery is hard film to take your eyes off. Danny Boyle’s follow-up to Slumdog Millionaire is unequivocally one of the most disconcerting films you’d ever watch but don’t let that stop you from experiencing a great cinematic achievement.

Ben Affleck Movies

I really admire Ben Affleck, movie star, writer, producer. There isn’t anything he cant do in Hollywood even becoming a successful director. Ben Affleck is a force to be reckoned with; his presence in film will be with us for a long time. I personally enjoy Ben Affleck movies and can never wait for the next one to come out.

Denzel Washington Movies

Denzel Washington is certainly one of my favorite actors. He has portrayed so many characters in his movies, he shows us just how good of an actor he can be. His biography only keeps growing, but don’t miss out on his past works. Read about some of his repertoire in my article.

The Sunset Limited

It is always a trick to adapt theater to a feature film. Easier to do so for television, though that’s probably a gross overstatement. HBO might be the best place to do it; they harbor independent film. Even trickier, maintaining a swift and watchable pace with only two actors and heavy religious dialog. Thankfully, Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, and Cormac McCarthy have no problem with this. The Sunset Limited is engaging, thought-provoking, and sincere.

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards – Some Thoughts

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards have now come and gone, and as usual, I have a few gripes. Nothing too unexpected happened, but you must understand this is my Super Bowl: an excuse to get drunk and yell at the TV each year, so I can’t help but complain a bit about some of what went down the morning (and the rest of the week) after. Please bear with me.

Movie Geek Manifesto

There are many different opinions on this, all of which would undoubtedly be geeky to discuss at length, but in my opinion, a geek is someone deeply obsessed with a particular field of knowledge, as opposed to, say, a nerd – who excels at all things scholastic and probably ends up owning a Fortune 500 company – or a dork – who most likely spills a drink all over a beautiful woman in his eagerness to buy it for her. Now, a nerd or a dork could also be a geek, but the terms are not interchangeable, nor are “dweeb,” “spazz,” “melvin,” “poindexter,” “four-eyes,” “putz,” or any other similar nomenclature. There are many different types of geek, and most of us dabble in more than one, but I am first and foremost a movie geek. Now, before you start throwing your figurative panties at me in adulation, let me just say that this is not necessarily an enviable position.

The Assassination Of Jesse James

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is probably the single most beautifully shot film of 2007. Every single frame is composed with a painter’s attention to detail, and the result is one of the most classically gorgeous works of cinematic art in recent years.