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Archive for the ‘2015 Reviews’ Category

American Ultra

December 13, 2015

Yeahhhhhh, this movie was stupid. It was trying to be the Bourne Identity with slackers, but the whole premise was very uninspired. A dead-end stoner i secretly an unactiviated spy. Wow. It seems like similar stories have inundated our tv/movie scene lately. I think that maybe this movie thought of itself as a comedy? You […]

The Martian

November 23, 2015

We’ve been getting lots of space movies lately, hey? Prometheus, Gravity, Interstellar, and now The Martian. And they’re all good! I thought that The Martian may start to feel tired being at the end of this chain, but I ended up enjoying it quite a lot. It didn’t actually feel like those other movies. You […]

Trainwreck

November 22, 2015

Amy Schumer seems to have risen to fame pretty quickly as a comedian in the last year or so, and this summer she was given her own movie. Trainwreck basically acts as a capsule to contain a lot of the themes in her stand-up routines, including her latent alcoholism and promiscuity. And though it doesn’t […]

Ex Machina

November 21, 2015

Ex Machina is a nice little sci-fi flick. It deals with two guys who are testing the AI woman that one of them built. Its pretty interesting in how these characters play off of each other and how the relationship dynamics work. You know there’s gonna be a twist coming into it somewhere. There are basically […]

Inside Out

November 7, 2015

It took me two attempts to see Inside Out. When it was in theaters, I decided it would be fun to take my 4 year old niece. Now, it was fun however, not a lot of movie watching was actually done. Most of it was taking breaks in the lobby, getting more popcorn, and eventually […]

It Follows

October 25, 2015

I’m not really a horror guy, but I enjoy the occasional scare flick.  It Follows is certainly one which I enjoyed.The premise is intriguing: some sort of creature in the form of a person only you can see constantly tracking you down, and the only way to shrug off the curse is to sleep with […]

Entourage

October 8, 2015

Full disclosure: yes, I did watch the show.  But I still dont think the movie was very good.  The idea of even having a movie didn’t make a lot of sense to me, but hey whatever.  If it was good I’m sure I wouldn’t have complained.  Why isn’t it very good?  Well, the story is […]

Straight Outta Compton

September 20, 2015

Its amazing what thirty years will do. I grew up not knowing anything about rap music. I grew up in a small farming town where my only exposure to the rap industry was the media’s criticism of it, and so that played a big part in forming my negative viewpoint towards the whole genre. I […]

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

August 8, 2015

The Mission Impossible franchise has been around since 1966 and came in the wake of the Bond franchise which popularize spy stories. Yet now, after four other movies, Rogue Nation is the MI film which tries to emulate Bond the most. Mission Impossible 5 contains a lot of elements that feel a lot like a […]

Ant-Man

July 20, 2015

With Antman, Marvel has decided to take the plunge into the truly ridiculous. At this point it seems like they’re trying to see how far they can push it.”Lets make a movie where the superhero shrinks and hangs out with ants!” And does their hubris payoff? Surprisingly yes. Paul Rudd was a great casting choice […]

Terminator Genisys

July 10, 2015

I guess the way I would sum up Genisys is a sort of admirable mess. Its hard to explain what I mean by that though. Its sort of like someone took all the previous 4 terminator movies, threw them into a blender and poured it into an amplifier? Okay, I’m mixing similes now, but I […]

Jurassic World

June 20, 2015

Twenty-two years after having my mind blown in theaters as a 12-year old, the actual park is finally open. Having the park open for public was brilliant move for this third sequel to the franchise. Seeing the attractions come to life was a lot of fun and it made me really wish that there was […]

Mad Max: Fury Road

May 20, 2015

So, a new Mad Max eh? Seems like an odd choice for a franchise to revise, as the original films really only exist as cult classics. And while it has name recognition, Joe and Jane Public really don’t know much about it apart from that. But nevertheless, it is back and with a vengeance. Fury […]

Avengers: Age of Ultron

May 3, 2015

Marvel has been very successful in creating a movie franchise universe for its comic book heroes, and ever expanding that universe across almost a dozen films. But in their second Avengers movie the whole franchise seems to have evolved to a whole new step. The Marvel movie universe has now managed to completely immerse itself […]

Kingsman: The Secret Service

February 16, 2015

I liked the story but hated the style. That’s the Coles Notes version of my review. The Kingsmen, a spy action movie about a London punk who is recruited into a spy organization, suffers from an identity crisis. Its hard to tell who this movie was made for exactly. At the core, it is a […]