Saturday, August 27, 2016

Review: "Don't Breathe"

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Generally speaking, I devote too much time to watching and reading about movies to experience mainstream cinema "blind." Outside my yearly excursion to the Maryland Film Festival, I rarely have the opportunity to sit down and watch something that hasn't been endlessly marketed towards me. Every now and then, something will slip through the cracks, and Don't Breathe was that uncommon movie I somehow managed to avoid every bit of promotion for.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Review: "Captain America: Civil War"

Captain America: Civil War is a remarkable example of blockbuster entertainment done right, and Marvel Studios is getting very good at what they do. Civil War feels like the culmination of everything that has come before it, with regards to the earthbound characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU. It is most definitely the next chapter in the story of Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), but it is also a reaction to everything that has happened since 2008's Iron Man when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) became the first superhero of a new era for Marvel characters on the big screen.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Review: "Eye in the Sky"

In Director Gavin Hood's excellent thriller, Eye in the Sky, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flies over Kenya, where a secret meeting is taking place between members of al-Shabaab. The drone pilot (Aaron Paul) sits comfortably at a computer terminal, monitoring their actions from thousands of miles away at a Nevada air base. On the ground in Nairobi, a resourceful agent (Barkhad Abdi from Captain Phillips) uses smaller devices --disguised as birds or insects-- to obtain better camera angles. The footage travels around the world to a U.S. base in Hawaii, where a facial recognition expert confirms the identities of the meeting participants, and to England, where a British colonel (Helen Mirren) orders Kenyan forces to move in and capture the targets.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Regarding Rey In "The Force Awakens"

This post contains spoilers.

THE FORCE AWAKENS is a fun movie. I wanted to get that out of the way first. Yes, it would have been nice to see something more original, but Director J.J. Abrams kicks off this new trilogy of films with confidence and style. It's not all roses, of course, and there were certain things that bothered me while watching the film for the first time that still bother me now, after three viewings. One of those things is Rey.