J.J. Abrams is back for another trek into Star Trek and fans of his first entry will have little to complain about with Into Darkness. [Read more...]
The thing about romantic comedies is that they’re the safer bet when it comes to love stories. On Valentine’s Day the sappiest girl is not going to put in something that ends tragically, they are going to put in something where it is pretty much a guarantee that the two will end up together; the prince will save her, the best friends will realize that they loved each other all along, and all that jazz. Like Crazy has both additives that make up the genre’s title, but it is far from these films. It has romance, comedy, drama, and the only guarantee for this love story is that at some point while sitting in the theater you will have your heart broken. [Read more...]
“Ugh, not another 3D horror film,” said the person who didn’t even watch My Bloody Valentine. “That’s such a waste of money.” Often true, but what isn’t true is the stigma against the cheesy b-rated films of this genre in concern to what is not expected of them. At least when it comes to Fright Night; other movies are often fair game to mock. Instead of a laughably scripted, poorly acted film to be seen solely to make fun of, we actually get a remake that is pretty great. [Read more...]
To be honest, I am not a horror movie expert, but I know a horror movie when I see one. To that I ask myself, why do multiple critics think that the 2004 cult classic Shaun of the Dead is scary? I’ve seen Shaun a lot, and I have never thought for one moment that ANY scene from it would come back and haunt me in my dreams. To this day, I will still laugh at all of the dumb, subtle homages it makes to other zombie movies. [Read more...]
The film follows a loosely connected group of individuals as we watch their experiences with love through a series of short films and connecting vignettes. The stories involve a just dumped boy who gets a last minute prom date, a composer and an assistant who bond through their many phone calls, a couple of strangers outside a restaurant, a confident and tad overzealous smoker trying to pick up a not so forth coming women, a pick pocket and a girl that catches his eye, an jeweler and his client, an long lived and nagging couple, an assumed one night stand deciding to meet again, an aging star revisiting an old hotel, a painter and his longed for muse, a video artist capturing people around town, and the bond between father and daughter even if no one believes they are related. [Read more...]
McG’s entry into the Terminator franchise is an action packed spectacle with paper thin characters and story, so depending on your tastes you might get a lot or nothing out of the picture.
The film opens in 2003 with a guilt filled inmate donating his body to the Cyberdyne company in telling him that he is to be used for experiments on extending humanity and maybe even giving him a second chance at life. Flash forward to 2018, and John Connor is leading an assault on the Skynet research facility in which they are to gather intel that the resistance leaders feel could end up ending the war. Upon finding their goal, Connor and his men also find a group of human prisoners and info on some experiments that are leading to an eventual human looking terminator hybrid, the T-800. When Connor reports to back to the top side to check on his evacuation squad, he discovers they have all been murdered or captured by a human transport ship built by the machines to harvest humans. After heading off after the ship, an explosion rocks Connor and his helicopter back to the ground and he is forced to evacuate the scene, the only surviving member of his team. [Read more...]
J.J. Abrams’ second feature film is a fast, fun, and ultimately successful reboot of the floundering and practically disappeared Star Trek franchise from modern media.
Aboard the USS Kelvin, the ship is responding to an anomaly coming from a supposed black hole only to come across a huge Romulan ship coming through said Black Hole to which a fierce, if one sided space battle begins to erupt in space. Suddenly, fire ceases from the Romulan ship just as it was about to be finish off the Kelvin. The captain of the Romulan ship Nero demands the Kelvin’s captain’s presence on his ship as to find out more about the location of a ship being manned by Spock. As the captain turns leaves, he turns the ship over to his 1st officer, George Kirk who after tragedy on the Romulan ship orders a full evacuation of the Kelvin and is able to save the lives of hundreds of the ships crew, including that of his just born son James Tiberius Kirk as he has to sacrifice his own for the sake of his crew. Meanwhile on Vulcan, Spock, who is a half human, half Vulcan son of the planets ambassador to Earth excels as a student of the country and carries the element to have emotions unlike others in the Vulcan race due to his human lineage. Presented with the opportunity to stay and go to school at the revered Vulcan academy [Read more...]
Jon Poll’s look at the high schooler’s psyche is an intermittently successful attempt at creating a fresh high school comedy.
Charlie Bartlett is a private school kid who is forced to go to public school where Charlie Bartlett hopes to live up to the greatest dream in his life, to be popular! He does this by getting himself prescribed countless prescriptions by visiting his rich psychiatrists of the family with the symptoms of his fellow classmates so he can help them out and give them the drugs that might help them. Charlie also looks for love in the Principals daughter while her father deals with depression and alcoholism. The movie is a bit of a stretch, to say the least. [Read more...]