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Elysium: Shoot The Messenger, He’s Hogging The Movie!

I went into Elysium with fairly high expectations; Neill Blomkamp had impressed me with his work on District 9. With its interesting alternate take on First Contact with aliens and a pretty damn epic journey of character development for its protagonist, District 9 was a pretty good precedent to assume the next movie would be […]

Pacific Rim: 2,500 Tons of Fun

I firmly believe there is a switch in a good 50% of all childrens’ brains that is activated easily by the presence of giant robots and giant monsters. Speaking from my own experience, the childhood transition away from model dinosaurs in my peer group led almost immediately to the wonders of Power Rangers, Gundam, and […]

Now You See Me: Who Doesn’t Like A Good Trick?

There seems to be a bit of a trend with movies about stage magicians about how clever illusionists using their talents in questionable ways can bring them into conflict with the law and other magicians. I’ve always personally enjoyed these kinds of movies, as magic tricks allow for some spectacular visuals while the battle of […]

World War Z: No Heart, No Brain…What Am I Aiming For?

Zombie fans, like the monsters they enjoy so much, are a massive, inexorable horde in the ranks of fandom everywhere. In books, in film, in games of every kind, the zombie lurches, shambles, crawls, and sometimes runs along, forever in search of more living humans to devour. Sometimes the zombies are disposable if macabre fodder […]

Man of Steel: More “OK” than “Super”

Batman and Superman, the two most iconic superheroes of DC Comics, also followed similar patterns when they were initially adapted to film; the first two adaptations were well-received by the fanbase, while the third film in both franchises was more divisive and the fourth effectively killed each until the modern upswing in superhero movies revived […]

The Avengers: Assembling Marvel’s Mightiest Movie (So Far)

If you have been watching the movie adaptations of Marvel Comics, you’ve seen this one coming for a while now. Since the start of the excellent Iron Man movies and the teaser appearance of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Marvel Comics and Marvel fans have been getting ready for the movie adaptation of Marvel’s […]

The Town

When I hear Ben Affleck’s name, I tend to think of an actor, the guy in Goodwill Hunting or Dogma. Before going to see his latest movie, The Town, I had not actually been aware that Affleck was also a director, and still have not seen the movie he directed before this, Gone Baby Gone. […]

How To Train Your Dragon

Ever since my childhood, I have always been fascinated by dragons. Books about dragons, movies with dragons, and games featuring dragons have as such always held a great appeal to me. Today, I will be looking at the most recent addition to the many, many dragon-centric fantasy films I’ve seen, How To Train Your Dragon. […]

Inception

I think it is fairly well established at this point that Christopher Nolan is really damn good at what he does. His past work as writer, director, and sometimes producer of films such as Memento, The Prestige, Batman Begins, and The Dark Knight have demonstrated his particular aptitude for darkly brilliant films that often make […]