Movie Review: X-Men: First Class (2011)

It is undoubtedly a tune of excitement, or at least curiosity, for fans of the X-Men characters to see what turns the movie franchise takes with origin stories. As expected, massive liberties are taken with every mutant and while some are clever and others contrived, a few are reworked from the ground up to the point that they’re recognizable only by name to their comic book counterparts. It may be admirable to blend mutant lore into world history to fabricate realism, but is battling Nazis and contending with the Cuban Missile Crisis the best way to do so?

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Neal Page wants to get home in time for Thanksgiving dinner. But he meets a man named Del Griffith, who is irritating but good-natured. Together, they run into mishap after another trying to get home.

Try Romance With A Sci Fi Twist – You Might Like It

Pick any great movie, any critically acclaimed television show, any truly worthwhile read. While they may vary in subject matter, there is likely one element central to all of those plot lines: romance. Even in the most action-packed films, there is usually some kind of romantic relationship that plays.

Get All New DVDs and Have a Great Time at Home

Today you can do a lot of things without ever leaving your house. You can work from home, send applications, book tickets and even enjoy movie theatre entertainment at home. With life becoming so hectic people prefer to enjoy their weekend movie within the comfortable confines of their homes.

Watch 3D Video at Home

With the rapid development of the cinema with every passing day it provides us with more and more exciting features, and 3D movies definitely are one of the best examples of it. While a 3D cinema has initially been developed as far back as in the middle of the previous century, the true success and admiration came to it relatively recently, starting with IMAX cinemas and culminating unparalleled 3D showing of James Cameron’s Avatar.

Important of Movie Quotes

Movies are nothing when you can’t remember a line, or two, or three. Movie lines, especially quotes, are but essential to a movie. Quotes, or movie lines, are very important to make a movie. They make up the whole momentum of the movie.

Kaboom Movie Review

Gregg Araki’s latest feature is supposedly a return to his roots, a manic, campy dark comedy in the vein of his earliest works, such as The Doom Generation (1995) and Nowhere (1997). I have seen neither of those films and can only compare the new one, Kaboom, to Araki’s last two features, the beautifully sad Mysterious Skin (2004) and the underrated stoner comedy Smiley Face (2007). I am rather unhappy to report that Kaboom is nowhere near as great a film as Mysterious Skin and, to me at least, nowhere near as fun as Smiley Face.

Insidious Movie Review

There’s a sense of familiarity in a movie like Insidious. Horror movies these days are a dime a dozen, but Insidious’s familiarity comes from a deeper place; it comes from true classics like Poltergeist (1982) or even Paranormal Activity (2007), whose producers helped get this film done. Those films work because they have a handle on their atmosphere, something every good horror film has. If you can’t control the tone of your film, how can you hope to control the tone of your audience? The answer to that seems easy – that’s why films like John Carpenter’s The Fog (1980) get remade, and films like Boogeyman (2005) are conceived every day. Tell some audiences to be afraid, and naturally they will be. An example of making your audience afraid, rather than simply suggesting their fear, is a Japanese film called Ju-on (2002), later remade in 2004 as The Grudge to, arguably, the same effect. An even better example is Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960).

Limitless Movie Review

Limitless is limited, but it proposes something interesting. Granted, its proposal is one we’ve heard dozens of times, a couple of which were to chilling effect (echoes of the 1968 film Charly, based on Daniel Keyes’ short story, “Flowers for Algernon,” are plenty), but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fun story. The man with nothing suddenly becomes the man with everything. Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) is given a wonder drug that allows him to use all of his brain, rather than just twenty percent.

Monsters Movie Review

Gareth Edwards deserves more critical acclaim for his visual effects work than his direction in this piece. Monsters boasts the kinds of creations that recall the beautiful imagery and craftsmanship of Jurassic Park – remember how stunningly real the billion-year-old creatures seemed back in 1993? Well, in 2010, Gareth Edwards made non-existent creatures palpable. So much so that you could almost feel them in the room, next to you, watching the movie, a credit to the eerie, luscious environment he created as well. Last year, District 9 and Avatar brought us just as lively creatures, but Gareth Edwards did it with only $200,000 (estimated) at his disposal, trespassing all over Mexico, and using locals and “non-face” actors; it’s safe to assume that most of the budget went to the FX department. But, regardless, it’s a feat, and one that deserves recognition.

Thor Film Review

I’m looking forward to seeing more of Chris Hemsworth, hopefully not in too many Thor movies, as he has the talent to not just be an action hero; and if there is another Thor movie, I’d love for the same cast to come back, with Branagh directing them again. I think maybe I’ve just been spoiled, but the whole project would just feel different otherwise. This is the best of the Avenger films since the first Iron Man, and one of the best superhero films I’ve seen in a while. It makes up, certainly, for The Green Hornet, and is a hell of a start for the superhero season. Captain America comes out soon, The Green Lantern after that, then the Spider-Man reboot… even if they wind up being terrible, at least we have Thor to fall back on. And who better to rely on than him?

Super Movie Review

Super is twisted. Some films can pull that off in a positive way. Recall a film from 1998 called Happiness, directed by the superbly screwed-up Todd Solondz. That’s a film that somehow manages to find the dark humor in the sexually disturbed characters it portrays. Of course this isn’t a Todd Solondz film; it wouldn’t be as ugly if it were. No doubt, Super is very funny, in parts. Director James Gunn, whose last film was the deliriously strange Slither (2006), gives us a portrait of a mentally unhinged man who accepts a calling from God to be a superhero. He sees visions of demons and rights small wrongs before stumbling into a big crime. He wields a pipe wrench and cracks skulls for a living. The line between fantasy superhero and regular hyper-violence is blurred, not just in his mind, but in the film’s as well. We aren’t ever really shown a man we can get behind, even if it’s just to sympathize.