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DREDD – Movie Review

September 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Strictly based on the trailers, I had no interest in seeing Dredd.  I had no connection to the comics or the original Sylvester Stallone film, but nothing about the marketing made the movie look fun, original, or interesting.  However, to my surprise, there was strong word of mouth coming out of numerous screenings and festivals, which had my interest peaked.  Unfortunately, I found Dredd to be lifeless, dull, and the most overrated movie of the year so far. Read more…

THE MASTER – Movie Review

September 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Ever since the first teaser trailer was released, The Master has been my most anticipated movie of 2012.  Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s films are slow-building, character based, and unique, which is why many of his previous ones are some of my all-time favorites.  And while The Master isn’t quite as perfect as I wanted it to be, and is probably my least favorite of his to date, there is still a great deal to enjoy. Read more…

TED – Movie Review

Seth MacFarlane has been pretty hit or miss for me over the years.  I’ve certainly enjoyed episodes of his shows Family Guy and American Dad, while others are lazily written, beating a joke, that wasn’t funny from the start, dead into the ground.  I was interested to see what he could do with his first feature film, Ted.  And it’s safe to say that it has both MacFarlane’s strengths and weaknesses as a comedian. Read more…

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER – Movie Review

I went into Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter with relatively low expectations.  The title and concept were intriguing, but all of the trailers looked way too dark and serious for a movie with this ridiculous of a premise.  Luckily, the movie embraces the goofiness and cheese, which is why I had fun with it.

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WRATH OF THE TITANS – Movie Review

March 24, 2012 1 comment

If I were to make a list of unnecessary movies coming out in 2012, Wrath of the Titans would be towards the top.  I, along with many, immensely hated the first film from 2010, Clash of the Titans.  And while this new installment is marginally better than the first one, it’s ultimately more of the same. Read more…

THE HUNGER GAMES – Movie Review

March 23, 2012 Leave a comment

The hype leading up to the release of The Hunger Games was one of the most massive and widely known in some time.  I haven’t fully read the books, however I knew that there was more to this film than the typical teen novel adaptation (looking at you, Twilight).  So, going in with this mindset, I ended up enjoying the film quite a bit, a lot more than I was expecting. Read more…

21 JUMP STREET – Movie Review

March 10, 2012 Leave a comment

I had heard strong early buzz from 21 Jump Street going in, but I ultimately wasn’t impressed by any of the marketing.  However, I was intrigued that Jonah Hill co-wrote the screenplay, and it was directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directing duo behind the surprisingly charming animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  And like the duo’s previous film, 21 Jump Street really surprised me; it’s one of the strongest comedies of the year so far. Read more…

JOHN CARTER – Movie Review

Like many, I was completely unenthused by the marketing for John Carter, as it looked rote, bland, and downright silly.  Not to mention that the film cost $250 million for production alone, and has been forecast by many to be one of the worst box office disasters in movie history.  Now that I’ve seen John Carter, I can confirm that my expectations were accurate; there’s a likely chance that it’ll end up on my top 10 worst films of the year list. Read more…

THE LORAX – Movie Review

March 3, 2012 1 comment

I grew up reading Dr. Seuss books, from classics like The Cat in the Hat, to more offbeat ones like Hop on Pop and Go Dog Go.  One book I didn’t read quite as much as the others was The Lorax.  That being said, I had mild interest in the new animated adaptation, as I think Seuss’ stories have the potential of translating into fun family films.  However, while it isn’t a bad adaptation (looking at you, The Cat in the Hat), it’s so painstakingly mediocre. Read more…

PROJECT X – Movie Review

March 2, 2012 2 comments

Good teen comedies are rare nowadays, and the best ones get a few key things right.  They have likeable, well-developed characters; a somewhat realistic approach to situations; and an overall sense of enjoyment, allowing the audience to sympathize with the youth spirit.  And with the new found footage comedy, Project X, I was hoping it could be a welcome addition to this rare breed of teen comedies.  Unfortunately, it fails to get any one of those key elements right. Read more…