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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 I usually only write one full-length movie review per week, this week’s article is going to be a little bit different. Unfortunately, due to my schedule, I was unable to go to the movies this week. However, when I looked at the calendar to take a look at upcoming releases, I had an idea. Now that we are more than halfway through July, I started thinking about all of the films I have seen so far this year. When I realized just how many of them there were, I decided to compile them into my top 10 of the year so far. So, without further delay, here are my personal 10 favorite films to be released thus far in 2012.
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.