Footloose is a silly, stereotypical, and safe love story that is elevated by director Craig Brewer, who makes it fun with a heart that will undoubtedly entertain all that are interested. [Read more...]
Back in 2003 Bethany Hamilton was all over the news after loosing her arm in a shark attack while surfing. Following this she became an inspiration to many when she returned to the water a month or so after to continue doing what she loves. Considering how much Hollywood loves bringing these “inspired by / based on true events” to screen it was more than likely that we would eventually see this one gracing the big screen as well. Eight years later it finally happened, but unfortunately the transition to this medium doesn’t work as well as hoped.
Now maybe this is unfair to say and I almost feel like a horribly insensitive person for tearing this film a new one because of the subject matter and my memories of hearing about Bethany Hamilton and seeing her on the news when it happened, but the film is just so poorly done that it becomes comedically painful to watch. Sure it is nicely shot, fully capturing the beauty of Hawaii and will have you leaving the theater dying for a glass of water after staring at that clear blue water, but it is what was shot that doesn’t quite work. [Read more...]
I sure hope the man upstairs is too busy going about his Godly chores to sit down and watch this movie, because if he does, Legion might just be reason enough to bring on the next apocalypse.
As the story goes, when God loses faith in mankind he catastrophically shakes his global Etch-A-Sketch to clear the world of humanity before starting again. Last time he sent a flood to wash away man’s mistakes; this time he must be uber angry because he is going to make it hurt. Sending his angels to do the dirty work, they infect a vast number of humans, turning them into violently demonic beings. Luckily enough for humanity, we have Michael on our side, an angel who falls to earth in order to join the fight and protect man (well, a pregnant girl who is carrying a very important baby). [Read more...]
This new dramedy from Noam Murro is a mixed bag in that it can meander at times, but is also genuinely hilarious more than it wallows.
Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid) is an English professor who has to be driven around for 6 months after possibly suffering a seizure. Enter Chuck (Thomas Haden Church), his scheming and lazy step-brother that begs and borrows from Lawrence about once a year. Recently unemployed, Chuck takes on the role as driver and moves into the house and slowly begins forming a bond with, Vanessa (Ellen Page), Lawrence’s over-achieving intelligent daughter and a social nightmare. [Read more...]