See the trailer, and my thoughts, after the break! [Read more...]
Hello internet perusers! We are back with round 2 of the four part year break down of things to come. Between April and June, the writers on HST have plenty that we are looking forward to in movies, music, and games,, and we want to share them with you. No, none of these are April Fool’s jokes. Zac is actually really excited to see a movie about male strippers. [Read more...]
If you don’t know what 21 Jump Street is before seeing this movie, then welcome to my club. I knew that it was a show back in the 80′s, but I was too young to know what it was. Luckily for me (and for the three of you who are with me), they decided to re-imagine the show and transform it into a 109-minute Hollywood action buddy-cop comedy. As much as I personally hate the buddy cop genre (Hot Fuzz not included), 21 Jump Street took that format, spun it, and made it into one enjoyable experience; regardless of the lack of knowledge I had for the source material. [Read more...]
Hello Boys and girls! Here at HST we are always thinking of you, and as you may have noticed we have been slowly introducing co-reviews between some of the writers here. That’s right, we are saving you time from your obligation to read three Haywire reviews this week by only providing two on the site (and this is more of a spoiler free discussion/review)! What? You don’t remember signing that contract a while back. …Don’t worry about it. Let’s begin! [Read more...]
The Eagle may not be the best film of the year, but for something that I had written off based on the trailer it is definitely far more entertaining and enjoyable than I ever expected. And that’s for reasons far more universal than the pleasure of a brief glimpse of Channing Tatum’s “homewrecking” abs. (Boyfriend’s choice of adjective, not mine).
Though parts of the story have some historical fact and speculation, the story is a work of fiction based on Rosemary Sutcliff’s novel The Eagle of the Ninth. As many Roman men do, Tatum’s character, Marcus Aquila, is a military man who has just been given command of a small group of soldiers in Britain, for a short while anyway. Short story shorter, his command ends prematurely after receiving wounds worthy of an honorable discharge during a fight to protect the fort from the enemy Britons. Not one to live his life out as a slacker, Aquila decides that if he cannot serve his empire as a military man he will bring back its honor, and that of his father, by finding the golden eagle of the Ninth Legion, which went missing under his father’s protection 20 years prior. [Read more...]
The Dilemma is aptly named for what takes place during these 2 hours of movie time. I know what you’re thinking: “What!? A movie title that somehow represents the movie itself!? That’s unheard of!” Shh… I bat your sarcasm away. Yes, the film is named for the obvious dilemma in the plot itself, but unfortunately the film is marred by the other dilemmas that occurred on the filmmaking end, creating a pretty mediocre end result.
So here’s the obvious: girl and guy codes aside, when you see the significant other of your best friend cheating on them should you or should you not tell them? This is the question that Ronny faces when he sees Nick’s wife with another man, and though he wants to tell him, plenty of variables get thrown into the mix making it harder for Ronny to just come out and break the bad news.
And this is where the problem lies. Though this is a highly debatable topic, turns out it in itself really can’t be the basis of an entire film. [Read more...]
The film follows a pair of friends/business partners that are have an unsuspecting wrench thrown in their relationship when one of them sees the other’s significant other with another man. This proves difficult for the one who saw the adultery, Ronny, as he doesn’t know how to break the news to his buddy, Nick. To compound the problem even further, Ronny, doesn’t know what to do with his own girlfriend as Nick and his cheating wife, Geneva, had been pressuring him to pop the question before all these adultery issues arose. Ronny begins to sneak around after Geneva and when he finally confronts her a war of secrets begins to unfold.
The latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation falls flat on the romantic side of things, but a fantastic turn by Richard Jenkins and the story around him make the picture worth seeing if you can get through the sap surrounding some of the other elements of the film.
John is a Special Forces soldier in March of 2001, while on leave back home in Charleston he meets a college girl, Savannah, on spring break and the two sweeps each other off their feet and begin a romance that they feel is true love. They decide to stay together and write letters to one another until John’s last year of service ends but as we know 9/11 is looming and they are destined to be kept apart. Each of them also has some close “family” members that both have autism and these relationships are the moments of the film that are most rewarding. John’s father is a high functioning autistic and John was oblivious to his condition which Savannah spots after spending much of her life supporting her neighbor’s son who is autistic. The neighbor’s, Henry Thomas, wife has left him and her son behind as he struggles to raise a child on his own. These stories are where this movie shines and I wish the focus was more on these characters. [Read more...]