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12 Years a Slave

"Laws change. Societal systems crumble. Universal truths are constant. It is a fact, it is a plain fact that what is true and right is true and right for all." - Bass

A great achievement on many levels, 12 Years a Slave a stirring, emotional journey. Bolstered by a castful of powerful performances, what appears to be the journey of a single man becomes a reflection of society as a whole.

Based on a memoir written by its protagonist, 12 Years a Slave follows Solomon Northrup as he gets torn from his life as a free man and put into the brutal system of slavery in antebellum Louisiana. This straightforward plot allows for a deeper delving into of what characters and situations we have, a nice change from the globe-trotting blockbusters that are so prevalent nowadays.

Stylistically, the film is unblemished. A bright, unfiltered view of 1850's Louisiana adds to the realism. The brutality that was so common in that time is kept just out of the screen, with the camera glancing over, rather than lingering on it, leaving its results painfully up to our own interpretation. What does get shown onscreen is subtle. The little spurts of blood flew out from whippings, yielded a greater effect to me than the massive geysers of the stuff as seen in 300 and the like.

Most importantly, this tale about a single man and his struggles becomes an exploration of many sides of society. We see some of the slaves submitting to survive while others rise of in defiance. With the slave owners, more interesting dynamics occur. With Benedict Cumberbatch's Ford, we see a sympathetic and caring man who blinds himself to the inherent evil on which he stands. Epps, portrayed by the brilliant Michael Fassbender, gives us true, pure evil, who exploits anything and everything for his own, selfish gain. The contrast between our primary characters is also stark. Patsy is broken and on the verge of giving up, while Solomon refuses to forget what he had before. All of these characters create a fascinating collage of beliefs and mindsets that are still relevant today.

In the end, we get a unflinching look at the brutal world of slavery. It is a reminder of what people have been through and what people have triumphed over. But the most significant and heartbreaking part of this film is when it reminds us of how people are.

Son Of God
Son Of God(2014)

It's probably bad that I came out of this movie thinking about how great Noah looks. Undoubtedly, the relatively straightforward tale of a man tasked with saving the planet in the face of a flood will work better than the mess of a film that Son of God is.

Cut from what was apparently a relatively successful series covering the entire Bible, Son of God brings the focus to the life of Jesus of Nazareth and all of his accomplishments. This in and of itself is a problem. Despite cutting out the first half of Jesus's life, the filmmakers still end up with a massive amount of material to work with. Unfortunately, they try and cram all of it in. As a result, we get Jesus and his pack of disciples galloping from miracle to miracle, with essentially nothing to bridge the gaps in between. This works terribly. What we are left with is a superficial glance at all of the deeds of an intriguing man and no exploration of what was behind them.

As Jesus, Diogo Morgado does not work. He comes off as naive, uncertain, and dumb. He fluctuates between dead serious and hopelessly astonished. Unfortunately, he spends most of the time as the latter, which results in a bunch of moments where dramatic developments are rendered moot by the childish astonishment upon Morgado's face. The rest of the cast is rather underused. Most of the disciples come off as background characters, doing nothing more than filling the necessary quota of followers. Mary Magdalene tagged along incessantly and becomes ridiculously hysterical by the end. Two brighter spots were Potius Pilate and Nicodemus. They add a bit of a sense of conflict to a movie devoid of it.

With its rather bold title, one would expect Son of God to at least explore the titular character a tiny bit. Alas, this is not the case. This heavy handed film gives a quick glance at everything in a vast story without giving meaning to any of it. Things are left open to interpretation, entirely so, with no hints at some possible explanations. As a result, we are forced to make our own connections to them. I, for one, kept on thinking of Monty Python's excellent Life of Brian. "Blessed are the cheesemakers" might not be what Jesus said, but it's still more than anything that is said in this film.

300: Rise of an Empire

"For glory's sake, for vengeance's sake... war!" - Xerxes

A somewhat unnecessary, yet moderately entertaining addition to the world of 300, Rise of an Empire adds some new, exciting elements but fails to capture the excitement and aura of the original.

Revolving around everything that was occurring before, during, and after the Battle at Thermopylae, Rise of an Empire serves as a good exposition for the ancient Greek world, covering a good deal more than the Sparta-centered story of 300 did. However, this more expansive scale results in less exploration of elements, giving this film a more hurried and superficial pace, for better or for worse.

Sullivan Stapleton makes for a decent lead, as the troubled Themistocles. He brings a cool, calm demeanor to the role, a good contrast from the boisterous, macho bravado of Gerard Butler's Leonidas. However, this lack of passion results in not much for Stapleton to play with. Some hints of Themistocles's flaws are played with, but never really expanded upon. On the other hand, we have the wonderful Eva Green, who gives us a very good performance as Artemisia. With an intriguing background story and a fiery passion, she is undoubtedly the best part of this movie. Other supporting characters have little left to do. Xerxes, unfortunately, is mostly sidelined throughout the film. A new father/son relationship between two of the Athenians is predictable and uninspired. An intense sex scene ends up being the best character exposition scene. The rest is really just all blood and glory.

That being said, the battle scenes are relatively well down. The fight choreography is excellent and the inclusion of naval warfare makes for some great ship to ship battles. The only problem is when things become a bit much. Blood gushes excessively throughout all the fights, coming out as big, dark blotches of thick fluid. It's all rather unrealistic and distracting, undoubtedly part of director Noam Murro's attempt to stay true to the style of 300. Also, the enormous amount of war clashes that occur throughout the film take away any build up or suspense.

Overall, we get a decent movie that tries to capture the soul and tone of it's predecessor, but ends up taking it a bit too far.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Yet another solid addition to Peter Jackson's Middle Earth saga, Desolation of Smaug manages to clear up some of the deficiencies of its predecessor but still doesn't quite reach the highest levels of the series.

With all the exposition done with in Unexpected Journey, Desolation drives along at a steady pace, moving characters from location to location with speed and branching off to a subplot when the scene needs to be returned to. All in all, it's far more exciting than Unexpected Journey.

Desolation of Smaug explores the latter part of the dwarves' journey, from Beorn's home to the Lonely Mountain. This last stretch of the trip covers a vast number of locales, such as Mirkwood, the Elven kingdom therein, Lake-Town, and the vaults of Erebor. In addition, Gandalf's exploration of Dol Goldur adds another mysterious environment, one that works to connect this movie and the original trilogy. In this wide variety of locations, several new characters are introduced. Tauriel and Thranduil, from the Elven kingdom, are the most intriguing additions. They each seem to have a rich story and bring a certain gravitas with themselves in each scene. Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman adds a more serious but important tone to the second half of the film. Orlando Bloom makes a welcome return as Legolas, giving us some of the most memorable fight sequences of the decade.

Lastly, we have Smaug. The dragon everyone has been waiting for. And the wait was worth it. Rendered on an enormous scale, Smaug is probably the largest dragon film has ever seen to this point. His voice, provided by Benedict Cumberbatch, rumbles through the theater, adding to his vastness and dominance. In contrast to the orcs, led by Azog, who gets some interesting developments in Desolation, Smaug is inevitable, something the Company must confront rather than flee from. As such, many passions get aroused, leading Thorin, and consequently, Bilbo, down new, unexpected paths, drawing things up to the epic conclusion of the trilogy, due out next year.

But for now, Desolation of Smaug is all we have. And it is quite enough.

Thor: The Dark World

The finest entry in Phase 2 of Marvel's Cinematic Universe so far, Thor: The Dark World finally delivers what this year has been lacking: a good superhero movie.Earlier this year, we were given Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, and The Wolverine, all of which had their own problems. While Thor 2 is not perfect, it delivers something closer to last year's double whammy of Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises than we have seen at all this year.

Thor: The Dark World picks up shortly after Avengers, with Loki being put in prison for his crimes and Thor flying about the galaxy restoring peace in the wake of the Chitauri invasion. A new threat emerges when Jane Foster inadvertently activates an ancient weapon, the Aether. This in turn awakens Malekith and his dormant army of Dark Elves. What ensues is an entertaining trek through the Nine Realms.

Plotwise, things are very straightforward. Sometimes, even a little too straightforward. We are never really given a good description of what the Aether does exactly and why Malekith wants to plunge the universe into darkness. The audience is just expected to accept that the Dark Elves are a threat and that their plans must be stopped. Whether for better or for worse, these plot details are blanketed with enough humor to match The Avengers.

Chris Hemsworth is reliably solid as Thor. His character arc isn't quite as interesting as it was in the first one, but he still does a fine job. Natalie Portman gets more to do as Jane Foster this time around, while Anthony Hopkins's Odin and Idris Elba's Heimdall are given smaller parts. Kat Dennings as Darcy is as humorous as ever. However, the best performance comes from fan favorite Tom Hiddleston. Loki is as charming and captivating as ever and the chemistry between him and Thor really plays out well. Unfortunately, this focus on Loki may have prevented newcomer Christopher Eccleston from properly developing Malekith, the new villain. While he and his army of Dark Elves look great, they lack a good backstory to make them less two dimensional.

Visually, the direction of Alan Taylor has had an immense impact on the film. The shiny Asgard from Thor is replaced with a grittier, stony environment. The fights this time are more like battles, which play out on an epic scale, especially the climatic battle that adds an unexpected but amazing element that hasn't really been done before.

Thor: The Dark World is a solid entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first in what will hopefully be a fruitful winter movie season.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

An improvement on the first film, Catching Fire puts forth some intriguing ideas and concepts, but fails deliver the excitement that one would expect from a gladiatorial style bloodbath in a contained arena.

This time, a larger part of the story is devoted to the events outside the Hunger Games arena, on the effect that Katniss and Peeta's actions have had on the society. The most intriguing bits of the film come here. Up until the actual Hunger Games, we are treated to a deep look into the ideas of hope and fear and oppression. After the titular games commence, we get a rushed, dull survival tale.

Stylistically, new director Francis Lawrence's smooth cinematography is a vast improvement than the increasingly popular, typically annoying shaky cam that we had in the first. The designs of the landscapes and costumes are more sleek, less glamorous, yet more grand. Overall, the feel of Catching Fire is superior to its predecessor.

The cast, as always, is splendid. Jennifer Lawrence, off her Oscar win earlier this year, gets more emotional moments as Katniss Everdeen, and she pulls it off fantastically. Among the supporting cast, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, and Woody Harrelson provide the most memorable performances. Unfortunately, many of the other Tributes, many who are given intriguing backstories, get lost in the shuffle and feel underused.

Ender's Game
Ender's Game(2013)

Ender's Game is the latest book to movie feature to land in a year full of uninspired, undesired attempts to spark a new film franchise. Fortunately, this one works.

Ender's Game follows Ender Wiggin as he makes his way through Battle School, a beautiful space station orbiting Earth, as part of an effort to put brilliant children in charge of an assault on an alien species that had previously ravaged Earth. Based off the novel by Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game cuts out a substantial portion of the material in the novel, a necessary but unfortunate change. The novel was both politically, morally, and strategically deep. The film dumps the political aspects and focuses on the strategic side, with the moral exploration coming in on certain occasions. The result is a decent, straightforward story with some moments that hint at how much more this film could have been.

Acting wise, Ender's Game is spot on. Asa Butterfield does a great job as Ender, giving us an emotional, conflicted protagonist that we can connect to. Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley do well as a pair of upper echelon military figures who are often at odds about what to do with Ender. Aramis Knight and Hailee Steinfeld come across well as my two favorite students from Battle School.

As is typical of most sci-fi movies nowadays, the visuals are spot on, with the best moments coming from the climatic battle between hordes of alien ships and hundreds of drones. While nothing is particularly new or original, what is there is done perfectly.

Once or twice in the film, we get a view of Earth from space, a serene and magnificent shot that brings to mind another successful sci-fi film of 2013, Gravity. Gravity pushed filmmaking to its limits and gave its audience an original, unparalleled movie experience. While Ender's Game does not reach such levels, it still does a fine job with its material and ultimately delivers a solid, enjoyable movie.


By far one of the most impressive films in years, Gravity is an epic film that must be experienced on the largest possible scale. The film tells a seemingly simple story of survival, following a pair of astronauts as they seek a way to return to Earth after their shuttle is destroyed. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney manage to craft out some fine characters in the scant 90 minutes of running time. An emotional connection is established early on and the lack of any other supporting characters only makes that connection stronger.

However, the real star of this movie is the spectacular visual effects which are unparalleled in that the entire film is set in space, an environment in which every single detail is subject to physics that must be meticulously noted. Space stations explode into thousands of pieces of debris, filling the screen. Watching various substances such as fire and water move in the emptiness of space is fascinating. The effects are never overwhelming, but are always plentiful and dazzling. If there is a film that needs to be seen in 3D, this is it.

Gravity is an example of how simple stories can have deeper meanings and of how heavy CGI is not only reserved for big budget action films. A visual and emotional treat, Gravity is a must see by any standard.

Red 2
Red 2(2013)

Red 2 was a relatively entertaining movie. It has become more of a comedy than an action since the first one. There are many great moments amid the chaos and fast paced action. Red 2 finds Frank Moses and Marvin Boggs on the run, being accused of terrorism. This leads them on a globe-trotting chase over three continents. Unfortunately, the film fails to make good use of the locations in which it dumps the characters, pushing them from place to place rather rushedly. The cast is top notch as before and they really seem to enjoy their roles. Anthony Hopkins and David Thewlis are my favorite new additions. Overall, this was a decent popcorn flick, nothing more.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

This was ok. G.I. Joe: Retaliation doesn't feel like one movie. It feels less. The movie opens up right into an action scene and basically continues on like that for the rest. When the occasional moment of peace comes along, it feels completely out of place. The pacing is very awkward. What little story there is moves along in bursts. There will be nothing going on, and suddenly there will be a slew of developments. Its all very tiring. The action scenes are great though. They take place in all kinds of environments using various vehicles and weapons and they all feel different from each other. Its all very good except for the fact that they don't link together in any cohesive way. Although it may be lacking in some rather important areas, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is nevertheless a fun, silly ride.

Man of Steel
Man of Steel(2013)

There are two sides to Man of Steel. There's the Christopher Nolan side and the Zack Snyder side. Although they fit together pretty well for the most part, at some points, things get a little chaotic. The movie has its emotional moments, such as Kal-El's departure from Krypton and the tornado scene. These, coupled with the thoughtful dialogue from Jor-El and Jonathan Kent, really help draw out the emotional side of Superman that was never found in previous adaptions. These moments show us how far superhero movies have gone. From the other side, we are reminded of how far technology has gone. Liquid metal displays are the highlight of the film. However, we are also treated to an inordinate amount of explosions and just destruction in general. The fights get overwhelming and frenetic at times. Its all rather trying on the head. The story is well thought out and arranged. Some background scenes are spread out throughout the film so as to slowly create a backdrop for Superman's journey. Towards the end however, the pacing becomes a little rushed. Things just happen and occasionally, dramatic and important plot points are whisked through and their importance get lost. Auditory wise, this is probably the loudest movie I have ever experienced. Overall, a relatively entertaining and thrilling experience that fit surprisingly well into this Father's Day weekend.


Although it doesn't quite match up to director Neill Blomkamp's first feature film District 9, Elysium still is a very fine film. Elysium follows Max, a factory worker who has days to live after being exposed to radiation, as he attempts to get to Elysium, a space station where the wealthy live and where illnesses can be cured in an instant. Lined up against Max are Jodie Foster's cunning and manipulative politician, Secretary Delcourt (One of this summer's more memorable villains) and Sharlto Copley's brutal mercenary Kruger. This whole conflict unfolds rather quickly, with some developments that could have used a bit more screen time and exposition being rushed through. The action scenes also follow this high speed pacing, with a frenetic camera often getting in the way. Elysium lacks the serene, emotional moments that District 9 had. While the latter tackled issues mainly dealing with racism, this new one focuses on issues such as immigration, healthcare, and social classes. With so many more topics to cover, Elysium never gets a chance to dive deep into any of them. The issues act more as a backdrop to the unfolding action. But it's unfair to compare Elysium to such a superior product. Taken individually, Elysium brings a nice dosage of real world gravitas to a summer chock full of outlandish blockbusters that create their own worlds rather than augment the one we have already. Elysium is a good cure for the mindless blockbusters that populate most of the summer, just not the best one.


Quite a spectacle. The entire film is excellently acted and the story covers enough to be interesting, but does not stretch the timeline too far, allowing the film to explore this single, dramatic period in American history. There is more tension than drama that fills the movie, and other than a single scene set in the House of Representatives, I did not truly feel any real moments of insurmountable excitement. The score by John Williams is also thoroughly unremarkable, although it does, in a way, reflect the calmness that Lincoln maintains. Overall, a fine film, but lacks the epicness and grandeur that one would expect from a film on such a monumental piece of history.

World War Z
World War Z(2013)

A decent movie. I haven't read the book so I did not enter the theater with any preconceived ideas about where the movie should go. I exited mostly satisfied with what I saw. The whole thing has a decent premise, focusing on a zombie apocalypse from an international view. Such a setting though, forces things to move along rather rapidly, which causes some problems. The whole thing is rather unbalanced. Every time Brad Pitt's character, Gerry Lane, moves to a new location, the whole scale of the film changes. For example, we go from the epic, wall-breaching zombie situation to the much smaller location of a local medical facility. Rather than building up, World War Z sporadically bounces around. The acting is solid, with Brad Pitt and Mireille Enos holding up well at the heart of the movie. Daniella Kertesz's Segen was an unexpected, but welcome addition. Lastly, I need to mention the zombies. Personally, I preferred the massive streaming hordes we see in the Israel scenes as opposed to the stereotypical, drowsy, birdlike individuals that populate most of the last half of the movie. These latter zombies seemed to be playing it safe when a more fresh and unorthodox route could have been taken. All in all, a relatively entertaining and occasionally smart summer flick.

Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim(2013)

Pacific Rim is just what you expect it to be: loud, silly and fun. The whole premise of the movie is something that has never been seen on the big screen before and as a result, comes off as a rather fresh and new concept. The cast is well rounded, with the exception being Charlie Hunnam. In the lead role of Raleigh Becket, Hunnam comes off rather bland and unexceptional, especially when surrounded by more interesting characters such as Ron Perlman's Hannibal Chau and the scientists played by Charlie Day and Burn Gorman. But fortunately, the focus here isn't on the humans. Its on the giant robot (Jaegers) vs monster (Kaiju) fights. These all play out on a massive scale, with the biggest set piece occurring in and around Hong Kong. The Jaeger designs are all awesome and different, with my favorites being Crimson Typhoon and Cherno Alpha. The Kaiju designs are also impressive, taking on characteristics of typical earth animals, such as lobsters and squids. However the color palette of the Kaiju seemed a bit off to me. They always appeared with some shade of neon green/blue on them, which prevented the movie from establishing a more serious tone when needed. However, the overall result of this movie was spectacular; an entertaining summer film.

Despicable Me 2

Quite an entertaining movie. It has a fair amount of laughs packed into it but brings nothing particularly new to the world of the original.

The Wolverine

As the third superhero movie of the summer, The Wolverine had the potential to become the final entry in a line of explosive comic-book spinoffs. Fortunately, this is not the case. Each one of these has been vastly different from the others, and The Wolverine is no exception. With its Japanese setting and intimate story, The Wolverine presents us with a new and very unique kind of superhero movie. Unlike the other typical movies of its genre, The Wolverine does not rotate around some world-saving plot, but rather focuses on individuals fighting other individuals, as well as themselves. Most of the film follows Logan as he rushes around Japan with Mariko, the gorgeous daughter who has some men shady interests pursuing her. This premise lends itself to some interesting action sequences that make good use of the local environment. There are plenty of swordfights mixed into these battles: swordfights that actually make sense in the context of the movie. A fun, albeit occasionally predictable, end of summer flick.

Monsters University

This a decent entry in the long line of Pixar hits that has been dragged down in recent years by things like Cars 2. Unlike this aformentioned sequel, Monsters University makes a welcome return to a world that I spent a good chunk of my childhood in. MU contains many references to the original, but adds enough new characters to make the whole thing seem fresh again. That being said, the plot moves along rather briskly and as a result, some characters don't get enough screentime as they should have. The animation is top-notch as usual and the score brings back old themes that I've forgotten about from time to time. A solidly entertaining ride. (The Blue Umbrella, which plays in front of MU, is one of the most gorgeous and entertaining short films that I have ever seen.)

Star Trek Into Darkness

Lens Flares Galore!
Every time we get a scene on the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise, we get a screen full of lights and get reminded as to who directed this excellent film.
Anyways, this is an excellent movie. It plunges straight into action with the first scene and continues on with a brisk pace for the rest of its entirety. In Star Trek Into Darkness, the crew of the Enterprise finds itself pursuing a terrorist allegedly named John Harrison. The plot quickly evolves from this simple premise into something far more complex and ambiguous.
Needless to say, the whole thing is excellently acted. Zachary Quinto manages to maintain Spock's steely disposition even in the most intense of situations, which makes it all the more entertaining. Benedict Cumberbatch's John Harrison is very intriguing and is probably the best villain we've had so far this year. Simon Pegg's Scotty provides a nice dose of humor throughout.
The special effects are once again excellent. An intense firefight against a group of Klingons is an example of the brisk yet intense pacing that carries the film. Michael Giacchino's score makes a welcome return.
Overall, an entertaining and intelligent entry in the Star Trek franchise.

The Great Gatsby

This latest adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel is quite a good one. It is, for the most part, a faithful transition, retaining most of the essential elements of the story. Nick Carraway, an aspiring writer, travels to New York, where he meets the mysterious Jay Gatsby and gets caught up in a love triangle reflecting the conflict between the rich and the poor. The whole cast is phenomenal and carries their own weight. Leo makes a particularly memorable Gatsby. The visuals are stunning, with director Baz Luhrmann making the most of the glitzy 20's. The soundtrack is phenomenal for the most part, with Lana Del Rey's Young and Beautiful as the standout. Unfortunately, the plot seemed a bit rushed at times, blowing past some of the more intriguing scenes of the book. Most of the symbolic devices are also rather underused, with the green light being the sole exception. Jay Z's rap music seems a little out of place as well. Overall, quite an enjoyable product with only a few occasional issues with pacing and music.

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3(2013)

While it is a considerable improvement over Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3 struggles to reach the level of the original. There are many elements of this one that work very well. The effects are top-notch as usual. The new score is vibrant and bombastic. There are several characters that get well developed. Guy Pearce's Aldrich Killian has an intriguing character arc that was well delivered. Happy Hogan also gets more screen time. And as always, there's Robert Downey Jr.'s indomitable Tony Stark

All this good stuff unfortunately gets bogged down by a few glaring issues that bothered me. Firstly was the whole Mandarin plotline. This was just ridiculous and wasted what I felt could have been one of the best villains we've seen in a while. Secondly, the effects of Extremis seemed a bit outlandish. I doubt that playing with human DNA to any degree could create lava powered, flame-spitting super soldiers. This seemed like taking it a little too far for me, even after the whole alien fight we saw in the Avengers. Also, I felt that Rhodey could have used a larger role. He barely seems to have anything to do in this one, despite getting upgraded to the awesome looking Iron Patriot armor.

Overall, an enjoyable diversion, but I was a little uncertain about the direction that the series was going at times.

Jack Reacher
Jack Reacher(2012)

A decent movie. The action is very grounded and old-fashioned, yet it feels rushed at times. The plot is a fairly straight-forward one that plods along at a bit too slow of a pace at times, then suddenly progresses with a burst of developments, then returns to its typical plod. I think that Tom Cruise fits the personality of Jack Reacher relatively well. The main villain, played by Werner Herzog, was an intriguing one, one that felt rather underused, which is a pity. Overall, a solid movie that lacks something that makes it stand out.

Les Misérables

A beautiful adaption of a timeless musical. This was the first time I experienced this musical and it quite an experience.
Highs: The scenery was quite beautiful, especially the opening sequence with the prisoners pulling in the boat. Later on, the camera is kept up close to the actors, which shows the audience the emotion that each of the actors channels through so very well. I enjoyed how each of the characters were so dynamically different and how they functioned with each other.
Lows: There were certain scenes where the singing seemed to drag on or rather unnecessary. Certain scenes felt rather rushed, with the songs piled atop each other. I don't think that it would have hurt to have some dialogue between some of the songs.

Best songs: I Dreamed a Dream, One Day More

Jack the Giant Slayer

A decent piece of entertainment. It moves along speedily but spends a little too much time with the exposition. The plot is nothing new, but it works. The acting is quite enjoyable and everyone seems like they belong there. The special effects are rather overwhelming at times, seeing as Bryan Singer went out of his way to make everything elaborately unrealistic. Even the soldiers' armor looks fake. It's sortof ridiculous. But regardless, Jack provides all the thrills that you expect it to.

A Good Day To Die Hard

I went into the theater expecting something incredibly horrible, given the 16% rating it has on here. I was satisfied with what I saw. This one is nowhere near as good as the ones before it. Its plot is very simple and straight forward. The action is frenzied and often a little over the top. But it all works. The thing is that there's nothing that really makes it stand out from all the rest of the action movies in existence. This movie isn't bad. Its just not memorable.

Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)

Quite a faithful adaption of the book, more so than I was expecting. The story translates very well to the big screen, and coupled with some spectacular visuals, leaves the viewer in a sense of awe. A beautiful yet deep film that will leave you thinking.

The Bourne Legacy

It takes a little while to get things figured out in the latest Bourne feature and the scope feels uncharacteristically small and rushed. The action is rather rushed and the pacing awkward. The story ends abruptly and leaves you rather annoyed. One of the main flaws of this latest entry is its inability to link with the previous films.


Gritty, well-paced and nostalgic, the latest entry in the Bond franchise is an impressive one. The story is a simple enough one, which dives into the personal side of a few of its characters. It takes Bond all over the world, to various spectacularly lighted locales such as Shanghai and Macau. The action is flurried and quick, shorter and more intense than the traditional prolonged action sequences from earlier films. I wasn't sure what to think about the villain, Silva. I don't think that he got as much screen time as needed, and as so, wasn't as fleshed out and understood so much as he could have been. Overall, one of the best entries in the longest running movie series.


Creates a lot more questions than answers, but the deep philosophy that occasionally surfaces, along with the effective new imagery, leave you thinking and wanting more.

Taken 2
Taken 2(2012)

A rather unnecessary and ridiculous film. The running time is too short for you to really feel for the characters, but there are some notably memorable aspects to the film. One is the introduction of Murad, father of one of the people Bryan Mills killed in the previous film. He gives the film a central villain and gives Mills a primary adversary, as opposed to the random people who appeared and then died in the previous one. Another rather amusing moment was when Kim, at the advice of her father, starts lobbing grenades all over Istanbul... and no one cares! What is going on here?! Anyway, just a short, silly popcorn flick.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

A fun, light-hearted return to Middle Earth. The Hobbit handles its source material relatively well, taking its time and letting the audience sink back into this familiar world. The sweeping camera shots from Lord of the Rings return with magnificent effect. The CGI is used heavily in this movie, which gives the whole thing, especially the fight scenes, an entirely different feel from LOTR. The score by Howard Shore focuses on two main themes, which helps establish the tone for each of the scenes. Overall, a very enjoyable (and long) time.

V for Vendetta

Beautiful. Appalling. Powerful. A magnificent testament to the power of the people and of ideas.

The Dark Knight Rises

Saw it two times... Spectacular both times. The deepest and darkest blockbuster of the year justly deserves that title. This is a film that needs to be seen in theaters. Hans Zimmer's score fills your ears with delicate notes and beating drums, as well as the pivotal chanting that springs up on certain occasions. Although Bane's voice was a little hard to understand at times, it has a curiously mesmerizing effect. The story is magnificent, the pacing is effective and although it might not quite reach the level of "The Dark Knight," it easily trumps every other superhero movie and is beyond satisfactory in every way imaginable

Total Recall
Total Recall(2012)

I guess the main issue i have with Total Recall is that it plastered the phrase "What is real?" all over its posters. The answer to this question is quickly dealt with and you are expected to just except that and move along which i guess was rather annoying. The action and pacing is a little frenetic and overall nothing particularily remarkable or memorable from this one.

The Amazing Spider-Man

By adding fuel to a collapsing franchise, Amazing Spider Man reignites an iconic superhero in a better way than its predecessors. This film touches on how superheroes need the help of the people they save and this adds a pleasant, inspirational vibe to the film. Also, I liked how this time around, Peter Parker is not driven by anger and personal motives. There is also the added pleasantry of not having MJ screaming helplessly in the climatic battle.

Snow White and the Huntsman

Filled with a cartload of visual wonders, this is a refreshing and successful take on the timeless tale. It has a solid story that uses the elements from the original effectively and adds enough new stuff to keep it enthralling.


Delivers exactly what is expected. Aliens, water and explosions. Theres a entertaining performance from Rihanna, but thats not quite enough to set off the rather pathetic aliens that show up. Firstly, these guys look like bald men with sea urchins strapped to their chins. Also, they have a weird sense of morality, such as when one of the impressive shredding balls spared the life of a Little League baseball player but goes on to destroy a highway where there are presumably other children of similar merit. Go figure

Marvel's The Avengers

MARVELous ;). The Avengers definitely surpassed what i had been expecting. It delivers with great, constant humor and nonstop action, which i guess makes up for the relatively tame movies that led up to it. While there are enough explosions to make Michael Bay proud, director Joss Whedon makes the most of his ensemble cast and creates a fine, relatable group of superheroes. On a side note, i must note that the 3D (and Imax for the case) actually works.

The Hunger Games

The real reason why the trailers didn't show much of the actual Games is probably because there really wasn't much to show. Hunger Games is caught in that weird area between action and drama, leaning more towards drama. What action there is is flurried, quick, and poorly shot. This movie has the pacing of the first Deathly Hallows movie, taking its time with some scenes and flying through others. I enjoyed this one all the way until the actual Games started, but after that, theres really not much to be impressed about.