Archive for August, 2015

Pixels and Why Video Game Films Suck

Pixels and Why Video Game Films Suck

| August 5, 2015

2015’s Pixels is one of the biggest flops to come out of this year’s summer blockbuster season. An Adam Sandler vehicle purporting to pay tribute to the golden age of video games while making it clear that the film’s creators find them to be outdated and lame, Pixels ironically pressed all of the wrong buttons. […]

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The Salvation

The Salvation

| August 4, 2015

I volunteered to review this for one reason: Mads Mikkelsen.  I’ve recently become a huge fan of the actor for his portrayal of Hannibal Lector on the recently cancelled NBC Drama Hannibal.  It’s a smart and dark adaptation of the original stories done in a fresh and disturbing way, and Mikkelsen is amazing in the […]

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Child 44

Child 44

| August 4, 2015

It seems that just about anything Tom Hardy pops up in these days works for me.  He can do no wrong.  Just in the last couple of years he’s made a wonderfully theatrical drama with Locke, and the awesome Mad Max: Fury Road.  It shouldn’t surprise me that his choice to do a political thriller […]

Phoenix

Phoenix

| August 4, 2015

The impermanence of identity becomes the primary focus of director Christian Petzold’s latest film Phoenix. The story takes place in Berlin in 1945 and follows Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish ex-nightclub singer who has survived being interned at a Nazi concentration camp. With her face disfigured from a bullet wound, Nelly undergoes reconstructive surgery, emerging […]

The Dead Lands

The Dead Lands

| August 4, 2015

For years, two Native American tribes have lived peacefully after a war that nearly wiped them both out.  But now, the son of one of the cheifs wishes to reignite the conflict and wipe out his enemies by framing the son of their chief for desecrating a burial ground.  Armed with his deception, Wirepa (Te […]

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Barely Lethal

Barely Lethal

| August 4, 2015

Early into this movie I became convinced that it must have been written by Easy A screenwriter Bert V. Royal, who in an interview once said that he had other ideas for adaptations for classic pieces of literature set in modern day high schools.  I was so convinced that Barely Lethal was one of these […]

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