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Thor: The Dark World

November 12, 2013

Thor 2 delves deeper into the sci-fi Norse mythology as Thor must try to stop the dark elves from getting their hands on an evil substance called ether, which will cause the end of the universe somehow. What results is a lot of off-Earth time in this new film, which I’m not so sure is […]

Monsters University

November 2, 2013

Monsters University is the latest in Pixar’s recent trend of sequels. But does it reach the acclaim of Toy Story 2 & 3, or does it reach for the lowest common denominator like Cars 2? As you might expect, the monsters fall somewhere in middle, with the toys pulling them closer to their end of […]

Before Midnight

October 26, 2013

I was pretty sure I knew exactly what I was getting into watching Before Midnight, but I was wrong. This movie took my expectations and went somewhere completely different and more emotional than I expected it to. Its hard to talk about this movie without spoiling it, since just setting up the premise is a […]


October 14, 2013

Most of us will never go to space. But don’t worry: director Alfonso Cuaron has us covered. He can make us feel like we are in space, even though we are really just sitting in a theater watching a movie. And what a movie. Gravity is one of those films which is a true cinematic […]

The Family

October 12, 2013

Good movies are able to capture and maintain  a desired tone, which gives the film a unique feel.  But there are many bad movies which can’t seem to decide what tone it wants to take.  The Family is one of those. The Family seeing Robert De Niro as a mobster who is hiding in France […]

Now You See Me

October 9, 2013

First off, I want to apologize to all my blog readers for my sparse activity on the site as of late.  I hate to have to say the “I’ve been busy” line, but I have to since its true.  And I hate being busy, so its not a bragging thing.  I am really hoping things […]

World War Z

September 25, 2013

Zombies have become a ridiculously outplayed trope in movies, video games, board games, and now even television. The reasons for this baffle me since the zombie genre is so watered-down, bland, and just all feels the same. So in order to stand out, zombie movies really need to take a different angle and approach the […]

Pain & Gain

September 2, 2013

One of the most interesting dumb criminal stories comes to the big screen starring Mark Walberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie as the notoriously stupid criminals.  And it ALMOST works.  This is a bit of a mess, but there is a good film in there.  It just needed a director who could bring it out. […]


August 25, 2013

Hollywood has been obsessed with dystopian sci-fi for a while now, and when you look at some of the great films to come from that genre, its easy to see why. However, Elysium will not be joining their ranks. I was looking forward to Elysium as the concept was interesting and the people behind it […]

Olympus Has Fallen

August 16, 2013

Olympus Has Fallen is a story which sees the most highly trained guards in history drop like stormtroopers as North Korean terrorists take over the White House and hold the president hostage. Its a pretty standard action flick. Many have called it Die Hard in the White House, and it does have that feel (they […]

The Wolverine

August 5, 2013

The Wolverine takes place after the events of X-Men 3 and sees Wolverine caught up in a kidnapping attempt in Japan. This film has scaled back the involvement of the other mutants in the X-Men series and focused on a stand-alone story for Wolverine himself, which I thought was a good move. I found the […]

Pacific Rim

July 30, 2013

Monsters! Monsters from the deep! Robots! Giant robots! The giant robots are humanities only hope against the kaiju monsters emerging from a dimensional rift on the ocean’s floor. However, there are only a few of these Jaeger robots left and the monster attacks are becoming more frequent. Its a pretty sweet set up for a […]

Film Club Review – Side Effects

July 24, 2013

My Review Side Effects Steven Soderberg’s Side Effects is a thriller which explores the use of mental health medication, and I couldn’t help but think that Soderberg is really out to make us paranoid: he tries to make us fear prescription drugs, germs, male strippers… Anyways, Side Effects turns out to be a pretty good […]


July 23, 2013

RED 2 is a sequel I was surprised to see.  Yes, the first RED movie was fun (albeit an awful title) and I think people liked it, but I didn’t think people liked it so much that they were clamouring for another one.  Oh well, we got another one anyways.  And its very similar to […]

The Internship

July 19, 2013

The Internship sees former frat packers Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson doing what Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson do, only this time they are doing it while trying to get jobs at Google.  The problem: they are old and out-dated.  And what follows?  They join the rag-tag group of interns left behind and have to […]