4 Reasons Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Artistically Failed

Luc Besson’s streak of not making boring movies continued with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The film had many fun individual elements and scenes, and there were a fair amount of positives to take from it overall. With that in mind though, this film overall was a mess that contained some serious structural issues that undermined the whole deal. Continue reading 4 Reasons Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Artistically Failed

Big Spideas Episode 2 – The Amazings

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Yep, Homecoming has been out for a couple of weeks now and we’re still talking about old Spider-Man movies. But we’re edging slightly closer with the Marc Webb directed Amazing films. Get ready for some takes of varying temperature. Continue reading Big Spideas Episode 2 – The Amazings

Big Spideas Episode 1 – The Raimi Trilogy

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Hey you know that brand new Spider-Man movie that’s out now? In order to stay on top of current #trends, Mike & Matt decided to discuss some 15 year old movies instead. That’s right, as we build toward Homecoming, we’ve taken a dive into the previous outings for Spidey on screen, starting with the Sam Raimi/Tobey Maguire trilogy. Brace yourselves for some scorching hot takes. Continue reading Big Spideas Episode 1 – The Raimi Trilogy

2017 First Watch: Total Recall (2012)

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2017 will see me watching some films that I have never seen before and then writing about them. It will be a series of columns cleverly called, “2017 First Watch.”

In an era where remakes, sequels, spinoffs, etc. are getting made all the time for less than artistic reasons, it was understandable that the overall mediorce and unnecessary remake of Total Recall was roundly dismissed and/or ignored by critics and audiences.

The odd thing is though that a large portion of the film is actually fun and worth watching. Continue reading 2017 First Watch: Total Recall (2012)

2017 First Watch: The Client

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2017 will see me watching some films that I have never seen before and then writing about them. It will be a series of columns cleverly called, “2017 First Watch.”

Despite exploring some interesting ideas in regards to class and the law (and approaching said ideas with an appropriately cynical attitude), this John Grisham adaptation largely falls flat despite game performances from all involved. Continue reading 2017 First Watch: The Client

2017 First Watch: The Hangover Part III

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2017 will see me watching some films that I have never seen before and then writing about them. It will be a series of columns cleverly called, “2017 First Watch.”

When The Hangover came out in 2009, it felt like a genuinely fresh comedy helped in large part due to the breakout performance of Zach Galifianakis. Unfortunately, it was so financially successful that it spawned not one but two unnecessary sequels. Continue reading 2017 First Watch: The Hangover Part III

2017 First Watch: The Pelican Brief

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2017 will see me watching some films that I have never seen before and then writing about them. It will be a series of columns cleverly called, “2017 First Watch.”

The Pelican Brief both ebodies a lot of what made nineties star-driven vehicles unique and compelling while also serving as an example for how movies heavilly driven by assassins and whatnot can stand to feel a bit more ordinary and less choreographed. Continue reading 2017 First Watch: The Pelican Brief