Movie Archive

December, 2015

  • 29 December

    Tarantino Returns to Westerns with The Hateful Eight

    Note: This review refers to the “Roadshow” version of the film Long before writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film, aptly titled The Hateful Eight, debuted on the big screen, much was made of its production, from the leaked script that caused Tarantino to withdraw from making the film, to his change …

  • 21 December

    Awakening the Children of Star Wars

    The following contains mild spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as regular ol’ spoilers for the preceding films in the series, especially the original Star Wars. One of the benefits of being the age I am is that I was 13 years old when the original Star …

November, 2015

  • 30 November

    Sam Klemke’s Time Machine Review

    Sam Klemke initially came to people’s attention in 2011 through a YouTube video that showed 35 years of his life backwards in 6 minutes (see the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2xTBHyfOks). The video went viral and now has over a million views. I’ve got to say I didn’t find the video all …

  • 26 November

    Creed Review

      By Evan Jackson Director Ryan Coogler takes on the source material of the Rocky lore paving a new legacy with the movie Creed opening on Thanksgiving. Ryan links up with actor Michael B. Jordan, again who he worked with previously on 2013’s Fruitvale Station. Michael takes on the role …

  • 24 November

    Review of “The Death of Superman Lives, What Happened?”

    “The Death of Superman Lives, What Happened?” Is More Powerful Than A Locomotive Jon Schnepp’s love letter to the un-produced film chronicles how the never ending battle, ended for Superman Lives. In 1998 there was supposed be a new Superman movie. One that was to be a radical departure from …

  • 13 November

    Ridiculous Massacre Provides Occasional Laughs

    The Funhouse Massacre, from director Andy Palmer and writer Ben Begley (based on a story by Begley and his wife, Renee Dorian), is an homage to the slashers of the ’80s and ‘90s, writ larger and gorier for the current horror audience. When it works, it’s ridiculously funny, but when …

  • 7 November

    Nasty Baby’s Unpleasant Surprise Sours A Mostly Amiable Film

    The new feature, Nasty Baby, is a curiosity. It starts off in an amiable, if meandering, direction, then takes a seriously wrong-headed turn in the final act. It’s so wrong-headed that it completely derails the film and kills any good feeling the movie manages to convey in its early going. …

October, 2015

  • 27 October

    The Dead Are Alive: Spectre Non-spoiler Review

    Spectre is the fourth James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig as the eponymous secret agent and the twenty-fourth in the series. Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace were ok but didn’t blow me away. Skyfall, however, was brilliant and that raised my expectations for Spectre. Director Sam Mendes returns for …

  • 27 October

    Steve Jobs Review

    by Evan Jackson The Steve Jobs movie didn’t do well at the box office this weekend, but Oscar contenders that usually go with the limited release to the wide release strategy have notoriously slow starts. The box office success or lack thereof, with only making $7 million domestically in its …

  • 19 October

    Crimson Peak Non-spoiler Review

    Crimson Peak tells the tale of aspiring New York author Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) who is haunted by ghosts of her past. Edith is charmed by a mysterious stranger, Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) who is hiding a deadly secret together with his sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain). The Sharpe’s live at …

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