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They say elephants don’t forget but this is not worth remembering

They say elephants don’t forget but this is not worth remembering

April 18, 2019

Admittedly, Disney’s live action renditions of their animated classics have not left a foul taste in m...

Marvel Strikes Gold, Once Again

Alejandro Marroquin, Writer

March 26, 2019

At this point, Marvel can announce a movie based on rocks and they’ll automatically have my money. That’s how much I trust Kevin Feige, producer and creator of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Announced in 2014, Captain Marvel was set to become the very first female led superhero movie, under the Marvel Studios moniker. Uns...

“Aquaman” Gives Redemption To The DC Universe Franchise

January 22, 2019

As a comic book reader, I feel fortunate to live in a time where my favorite characters are being adapted to the big screen. As a lover of quality film making, the DC cinematic universe has left a sour taste in my mouth with “Wonder Woman” being the only exceptional movie they produced. To be honest, the Aquaman character...

Hollywood’s ruff patch with animal rights

Hollywood’s ruff patch with animal rights

February 21, 2017

“A Dog’s Purpose,” is a movie that tells the story of a dog who gets reincarnated as different ...

Brother Against Brother: When Heroes Clash

Brother Against Brother: When Heroes Clash

May 25, 2016

Captain America was thrown down an elevator shaft like a human paper ball down a life-sized metal wastebasket. The...

‘How to be Single’ – A Movie Review

Cecilia Hernandez

March 15, 2016

“How to be Single” is by far the best romantic comedy for people craving a realistic outcome. I must confess, I watched the movie mainly because it was released two days before Valentine’s Day.  As a single lady myself I thought, “this movie is made for me!” Within the first few minutes, I recognized that...

Crimson Peak: A Gothic Fantasy

Crimson Peak: A Gothic Fantasy

November 3, 2015

From the moment the opening credits roll, it is very clear that you are watching a Guillermo del Toro...

Black Mass

Black Mass

September 22, 2015

It’s been hard to watch Johnny Depp since 2003 without seeing Captain Jack Sparrow. Depp’s portrayal...

This Generation’s Rocky Horror

This Generation’s Rocky Horror

September 22, 2015

Rarely does a sequel outdo its predecessor. The challenges they have to overcome by standing on their...

Wreck it Ralph Doesn’t Need Any Fixing

Greg Adler

November 14, 2012

  Rating - 5 stars One of Disney’s most infamous quotes, “A dream is a wish your heart makes,” has truly been expressed with gamers everywhere who are falling in love with Wreck it Ralph. Wreck it Ralph has a simple premise: Ralph, the anti-hero of an arcade game, gets tired of being bad and decides to leave his game in order to take a shot at being the good guy. Besides having a story with a message (in Disney’s usual fashion) it racks up a high gamers score both with hardcore and casual gamers alike. With continual jokes poking fun at some of the videogame industry’s legendary heroes and villains, vintage and cutting-edge, Wreck it Ralph delivers laughs that insert coins into the humor processor of your brain. The movie provides a journey through video game history highlighting bosses and heroes alike while providing a seamless world that they all call home. The integration of arcade culture and rules provide a nice reflection of gaming culture especially for those who have ever been to a legitimate arcade. Some of the notable characters are Sonic the Hedgehog, Q*Bert, Zombie, and Pac-Man.  The laughs provided by Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Fix-it-Felix (Jack McBrayer) only let up in order to level up in the next round of this arcade-themed flick. And if that comedy army of two wasn’t enough, Jayne Lynch and Sarah Silverman deliver some great one-liners that hit all of the buttons. This is a four actor co-op mission that meets all objectives. Wreck it Ralphracks up bonus points for getting all of its components to gel nicely; story, character development, climax, resolution and subject matter. Simply put, it takes expectations and screams “hadouken” while shooting a fire ball of awesome into the audience. Director Rich Moore is no stranger to animation or “nerdiculture,” having directed 17 episodes of “The Simpsons” as well as 71 episodes of “Futurama.” This is showcased in his respect and integration of so many beloved characters into one story line. With the film’s overwhelming success beating out the box office weekend, it can only be assumed that Disney will be pushing “A” to continue to a sequel before the buzz wears off. With only one “glitch” and plenty of “Easter egg”-like jokes, Wreck it Ralph doesn’t need any fixing and leaves moviegoers and gamers wanting a level two....

Skyfall Soars to Success

Matthew Greenberg

November 14, 2012

  Rating - 5 Stars Daniel Craig’s eyes are ridiculously blue. While this was already a thoroughly accepted truth, the title sequence of Skyfall will certainly change the minds of any stubborn naysayers as to the surreal blueness contained within those eyes. Skyfallis the third film in the “new age” 007 films, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, and does a superb job of keeping the franchise riveting and modern. While Casino Royale (2006) was an astounding success, Quantum of Solace (2008) was met with a great deal of trepidation. Fans of Bond’s adventures were unsure which of its predecessors Skyfall would model itself after. The answer is: neither. Skyfall is so miraculous that it can be put into its own category within the franchise as the film that bridged the gap between the modern Daniel Crag/Pierce Brosnan Bonds, and the classic Sean Connery/Roger Moore Bonds. Viewers are delighted by Bond’s return to snappy one-liners, multiple encounters with gorgeous women, and an impressive body count.  Although Skyfall does not offer an abundance of gadgets, only a souped-up PP7 and a fancy radio, the magnificent job on the part of the actors more than accommodates for the void some fans might experience. Comparing any Bond to Sean Connery’s 007 usually ends with fleeting laughter at the thought. Daniel Craig, however, deserves true recognition for his dark and supple portrayal of the role. Craig is surrounded by other stars who lend their talents to film’s credit. Judi Dench reprises her role as M, and is as stern and fervent as ever. The real pleasure is found in Javier Bardem’s villainous Silva. Tom Long of Detroit News writes, “Great heroes are often enhanced by the villains they face, and such is the situation here. To really work, Bond needs great bad guys. Silva is bad at its best.” The story of Skyfall circles around Bond’s loyalty and faith in M being strained farther than it’s ever been before. When M’s past and present converge upon her, MI6 falls under attack and 007 is called to action to hunt down and eliminate this new threat. Bond must overcome the ghosts of his past while sorting out the convoluted status of his present in order to discover the true nature of MI6 and himself. Although the film was longer than it needed to be, growing slightly tedious in the middle, director Sam Mendes masterfully approaches the Bond saga with an elegance that was lacking in past films. Eric Melin of Scene-Stealers.com writes, “[Skyfall] features jaw-dropping cinematography and set design, and some of the most exciting action scenes of the entire series.” All of these aspects, coupled with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade’s insightful screenplay (with a caring touch by John Logan), define Skyfall as a Bond film the likes of Dr. No, From Russia With Love, and Goldfinger....

Review: Blue Like Jazz- An Odd Tale of Self Discovery

Syed Ahad Hussain and Desiree Dylong

April 28, 2012

    Blue Like Jazzis a 2012 adaptation of the celebrated Christian author Donald Miller’s semi-autobiographical book of the same name, directed by Steve Taylor, Miller co-wrote the screenplay with Ben Pearson and Taylor. Both the novel and film Blue Like Jazz follow author Donald Miller as he struggles with his growing and sometimes turbulent faith in God. Although the novel is less plot-driven than the film, both work to show how Donald’s resolution towards his Christian faith is not only due to his own self-reflection, but also due to the stories and experiences of those around him. Both works help to portray how seeing the passion and experience of others can impact the way we see ourselves. The film is reminiscent of the Coen Brother’s 2008 dark comedy A Serious Man in many ways. Just like Larry Gopnik, A Serious Man’s protagonist, Don (played by Marshall Allman, based on Miller) questions God’s existence, religion’s implications, limitations and reflections on his miserable life. After being unable to find eternal solace and peace in his life, Don leaves his hometown when his promiscuous, separated parents refused to accept his religious beliefs, and he ends up in Reed College, a liberal arts college in Portland, Oregon. According to some of Donald’s fellow Christians, Reed is known as a godless and heathen school. In the novel, Donald has no shame in telling fellow students about his Christianity. The film takes a different approach and showcases Donald hiding his faith out of fear of being judged by his fellow classmates. Don soon finds his place though when he develops a crush on a classmate named Penny (played by Claire Holt), a rebellious, free-spirited and sympathetic girl who hated the corporate culture and their apparent corruption. The college’s current ‘Pope’ (played by a humorous Justin Welborn) also acts as Don’s guardian angel. The Pope’s own ambiguity towards religion, overshadowed by his molestation by a priest as a child, makes Don even more stubborn and assertive in assisting the Pope with his random mockeries of the local church The on-off relationship of Don and Penny comes to a serious halt when she finds out about his mother’s pregnancy by the church’s married bishop, a sad truth that left Don bitter and at odds with God. Blue Like Jazz is a courageous, honest, comic, yet tragic account of a young man with religious upbringings discovering himself and his relationship to God. The theme of both loving and resenting something bigger than yourself is part of what makes the book and film relatable to a larger demographic other than those of the Christian faith. The emotions that come with being passionate about a way of life is something anyone can relate to.  ...

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