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In all of the nearly 10 years I have been writing movie reviews, I think I can honestly say that I have never been more conflicted as what to think when it comes to Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth in the “The Hobbit.”
To call director Ang Lee’s latest film “Life of Pi” a visual feat of magnificent proportions would be an understatement.
Although Chris Pine may best be known as portraying Captain James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot of “Star Trek,” he is now boldly going where he has never gone before: animated features. Pine voices Jack Frost in the upcoming DreamWorks release, “Rise of the Guardians,” due out Nov. 21.
One of the things that I say repeatedly in my reviews is that my biggest influence growing up watching the films is my father. Not only did he introduce me to Indiana Jones, Josey Wales, Freddy Krueger, and the world of Star Wars, he introduced me to James Bond.
If one were to look at a list of director’s whose films influenced my childhood, such names as Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, and Sam Peckinpah would be toward the top of the list.
When I first saw the trailer for writer/director Martin McDonagh’s sophomore feature “Seven Psychopaths,” I knew that I was seeing the trailer for a movie that could be one of the most entertaining of the year. Although not much was made about its release, I knew from the cast and crew that it was bound to be an enjoyable little flick, and now that the film has finally been released, I can honestly say that I love it when I’m right.
As much as I love horror movies, I think it’s fair to say that the genre as a whole has been lacking in the scare department for quite some time.
Growing up, I was always a huge fan of cartoons. Among my favorites were “Dexter’s Laboratory,” “Samurai Jack” and, dare I say it, “The Powerpuff Girls”. There was always something about the writing that I enjoyed, and something about the animation style that 7-year-old me found aesthetically pleasing.
Chances are that if you read my column regularly, you already know how I feel about remakes. If you don’t, well let me fill you in: I abhor them. I hate them with a passion. I personally believe they are single-handedly going to destroy Hollywood because they take away from the creativity and unique ideas that the city was once home too.
Very rarely do I walk out of a movie and not have an opinion. For better or worse, regardless of whether or not I absolutely loved it or wholeheartedly hated it, I almost always have an opinion immediately.
Although the season of summer blockbusters is over for the most part, Sylvester Stallone and his band of guns for hire are making sure the season ends with a bang.
Although the year is not yet over, I think it is close enough to say that 2012 has just not been the year for comedies. Sure, there were a few funny flicks to be released this year like “American Reunion,” “21 Jump Street,” “The Dictator,” and “Ted,” but for the most part, this year’s comedies have been rather lackluster.
Oftentimes, it seems like Americans shy away from seeing foreign films. Perhaps it is because they are hesitant to see a film whose stars are not recognizable, or perhaps it is because they do not enjoy reading subtitles. Either way, foreign films seem like they are only for the most dedicated of movie goers.
Where did it go wrong? Well, when it comes to the summer’s latest comedy, “The Watch,” there are numerous answers. The real question is where to begin. Perhaps I should start by complaining about the incredibly low-brow, toilet humor that pollutes the film. Or, maybe by talking about the sloppy, lackluster direction and uninspired script. Maybe I could talk about how the movie is possibly the world’s longest and worst Costco advertisement.
To say that Christopher Nolan set the bar very high for himself when it came to “The Dark Knight Rises” would be an understatement. How do you follow the most successful superhero film of all time? Not just on a performance-based level, but on story-telling as well?
Although his career is entering its fourth decade, “Weird Al” Yankovic is far from hanging up his accordion. The world’s biggest selling comedy recording artist in history is currently spending his time working on a new album, releasing episodes of his new web series, and beginning the second leg of his international “Alpocalypse Tour.”
Although it was a decade ago, it seems like just yesterday when little seven-year-old Shane Weinstein walked out of Sam Raimi’s “Spiderman.”
What happens when you give “Family Guy” creator and voice actor Seth McFarlane a $50 million budget, talented actors at his disposal, and completely free reign on a script?
For as long as I can remember, every time I have gone to the movies and the trailer for “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” played, the audiences reacted in exactly the same way. They sat through the trailer, usually in silence, taking in the scope of what they were seeing, and then once the film’s title appeared, they began to laugh. Sometimes it was a reserved chuckle, sometimes it was more, but every time the absurd title appeared, it got a reaction from the audience.
Since I was born in 1995, I missed the 1980s by almost five and a half years, and if Adam Shankman’s “Rock of Ages” is any indication, I certainly didn’t miss much except for big hair and really loud music.
Since 2005, some of the most beloved movie characters have been the group of escaped zoo animals from DreamWorks Animations’ Madagascar films. Now, seven years after the first film was released, DreamWorks has released another wild adventure featuring the characters.
If, at the beginning of the year, one were to take a look at my list of the most anticipated film releases of 2011, they would find films such as Thor, Captain America, Rango, and Super 8. Now, 11 months later, almost all of the films on my list have been released and the most recent of these to have opened was Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
One of the world’s most renowned directors is Steven Spielberg, the man behind such films as the “Indiana Jones” movies, “Jurassic Park,” “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial,” “Schindler’s List,” and many others.
According to Salma Hayek, the movie “Puss in Boots” shows the furry feline “Puss” from the “Shrek” universe in a whole new light.
Fourteen years, 4,195 pages, seven books, and 16 hours and 206 minutes worth of film after J.K. Rowling began writing the bestselling “Harry Potter” series, the end has finally come. Potter fans have waited eight months for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.” Luckily, it doesn’t disappoint.
Jack Black thinks “Kung Fu Panda 2” is better than its predecessor.
The lights dim, the curtains open, and the opening number begins. From the references to inside jokes to the bits of scenes performed throughout the year, one thing is clear – It’s time for the 2011 Ironwood Ridge High School Pygmy Awards.
The Arizona International Film Festival has returned and is celebrating its 20th birthday. The festival kicked off on Friday, April 1, with a screening of American filmmaker Frederick Marx’s “Journey from Zanskar” at the Fox Theatre.
The worst feeling as a movie-goer and someone who loves film is when a well-liked director (or in this case pair of directors) just doesn’t deliver. This is exactly the case with Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s newest flick “Hall Pass.”
The buzz surrounding the 2010 reimagining of "The Karate Kid" has been swirling since it was shown at the annual ShoWest film festival in Las Vegas.
When a movie franchise consists of four films, typically the series stars to fall apart. Examples of the "not knowing when to stop" syndrome are "The Fast and the Furious," "Terminator" and most notably "Indiana Jones."
It's never been more true than with Louis Leterrier's "Clash of the Titans. Let me establish now that I absolutely hated this film. Now that that's off of my chest, let the ranting begin.
'How to Train Your Dragon'
Denzel Washington is widely known as one of the best actors in Hollywood. I agree; however, not all of his movies can be amazing. His latest movie, "The Book of Eli," is anything but amazing.
Being 14 years old, I wouldn't normally think about going to see a movie such as Disney's latest picture, "The Princess and the Frog."
What would you do if you were told that you could receive a payment of $1 million, and to receive it all you had to do was press the button in front of you.
The other day, my uncle Alan and I was having a conversation about what makes a slasher film such as Stewart Hendler's "Sorority Row" enjoyable. He said that there has to be an unreasonable large amount of blood, unique kills, and an interesting plot.
This week's review is a little bit different. I was lucky enough to be chosen to be a Teen Critic for the Arizona Theatre Company, so once a month I'll review the latest show ATC is presenting. This month's show is "The Kite Runner," one of the best stage performances I have ever seen.
It's hard to think of anybody who is more passionate about movies than Quentin Tarantino. He directs, writes and produces great movies. It's just what he does, and his latest work, "Inglourious Basterds," reinforces it.
There have been two big bummers for me this summer at the movies.
J.K. Rowling's teen wizard Harry Potter is back in the new film "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince," and many say that this might be the best H.P. flick yet. Although I hated "Transformers 2" and "I Love You Beth Cooper" I have no complaints whatsoever about this movie. I absolutely loved it.
Director Chris Columbus has had some ups and downs since the release of his hit film "Home Alone" nearly 20 years ago.
It seems 2009 isn't the year for director Michael Bay. So far this year, he has released two films, and neither have satisfied.