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Dracula Untold
7 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

In the world of action-horror films where it is often difficult to find value beyond teeth, blood, supernatural powers and tight black leather, "Dracula Untold" holds its own, but does little to establish itself as a leader in the genre. This film often showed some sloppy editing and instances of corny acting, but overall, "Dracula" provides a solid story which borrows actual elements from Vlad Tepes Dracula's real life, and additional story elements which attempted to serve for purposes of enhanced dramatics. A smidgen formulaic at times, but entertaining nevertheless. It had great action sequences, and special effects. By the end of the film, I was left wanting the story to continue. Dracula however lacked the narrative complexity and originality that would have made it a stand-out film. This film did not reach its full potential, but was still great fun---the perfect guilty pleasure film for any vampire dork!

Assassin's Creed
7 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Always a pleasure to see Michael Fassbender and Jeremy Irons, however the film adaptation of Assassin's Creed really failed to incorporate many key elements that made the games popular.

An important fact that must be brought to light about the Assassin's creed franchise is that it only gained attention and popularity with the release of Assassin's Creed II which followed Italian assassin Ezio Auditore. Now, I am not critical of this film because Ezio is absent but because our lead assassin Aguilar is quite uninspiring and the character development in this film as a whole is poor.

Ezio became a pop cultural icon because he was well-developed; a character with whom audiences became emotionally invested. Conversely, Aguilar was a character we only slightly got acquainted will. Even Callum Lynch the main character was relatively unknown by the end of the film.

I found myself bored on a few occasions, but this film is definitely not without its strengths. Where this film falls short with story and character development, it compensates with great visuals, costumes, sets, and action sequences.

I have read some pretty nasty reviews of this film, but is it all really that bad? No I don't think so, just uninspiring. Great film to watch if you are bored, but if your time is limited, skip it. The Assassin's Creed games didn't take off until the sequel. Similarly, maybe we will be surprised in the sequel to this film... if there ever is one.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
7 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

After Zack Snyder's pitiful creation that was "Man of Steel" I was really disappointed to see him return in "Batman v Superman." After seeing this film though, I must say my opinion has changed; slightly albeit, however a change nevertheless.
Some "Synderesque" qualities that we saw in "Man of Steel" returned in this film, such as perfunctory explosions, however I admired Snyder's commitment to comic book canon and originality in his portrayal of Lex Luthor the Batman.
The number one complaint I continually hear about this film is that it is long, drawn out and difficult to follow at times. This can be strength, or a weakness depending on your perspective. This film incorporates a number of elements from 2 watershed DC story arcs: the "Dark Knight Returns" and the "Death of Superman" and if one is not versed in elementary comic book lore, the film can at times be elusive and requiring you to look over to your geeky friend for an explanation. I know my wife had that moment during the "robin suit" scene. I totally geeked out at that part. To appeal to a wider audience, more care should have been taken in how much content was taken from comic books. I liked this about the film however.
The casting in this film was absolutely superb. It is always a pleasure to see Henry Cavill as Superman, Jesse Eisenberg provided a fresh and original portrayal of Superman villain Lex Luthor and Baffleck really surprised me. I admittedly was a Baffleck hater when I discovered that the ex failed Daredevil was being given a second chance st the superhero gig, but performed well above my expectations with his dark, tortured depiction of Bruce Wayne. I look forward to seeing more of him as Batman in the future.
The verdict: If you can stomach the return of some of Snyder's quick superficial gimmicks, I would really recommend this to anyone. Batman v Superman offers some great performances and above all entertainment. After all, who wouldn't want to see the world's 2 oldest and most popular superheroes duke it out?

Zero Dark Thirty
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"Zero Dark Thirty" is a very insightful depiction of the manhunt for Osama bin laden. I particularly admired it for its lack of triumphalism and sanctimonious patriotism. A film like "Zero Dark Thirty" could have easily turned into a piece of wartime propaganda but it didn't. This is a movie that presents this manhunt as a situation with a large grey area. The viewer definitely cannot look at this movie and say "Muslims are bad" and "Americans are good." This is especially true with the film's portrayal of torture and the manner in which the last few moments of the film were crafted.
The death of bin laden was by no means cathartic. No huge celebration, no happy moment where the Seals revel in their deed. Instead we are given a long headshot of Maya (Jessica Chastain) with tearful eyes feeling the effects of what her 10 year manhunt has yielded.
Overall, this is a great film and it was done in good taste. Definitely a must-see for anyone interested films based on historical events or for anyone who just enjoys a good movie.

Man of Steel
Man of Steel (2013)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This film was a good attempt to revive a long forgotten franchise but I'm glad this movie was entitled "Man of Steel" rather than "Superman," because there was nothing "super" about it. When I first discovered Christopher Nolan would be involved with the film, I was excited that he would offer some of the genius witnessed with his work on the Batman movies to a film about the father of all superheroes. I was sadly disappointed.
"Man of Steel" emulated the brainless modern day action flicks (like the Avengers movie) and rendered it shallow and formulaic. The film assumed too much about the public's knowledge about the Superman mythos and ultimately lead to weak character development. All this movie had to offer was action, action, action and more action and nothing deeper than action. This became mundane very quickly. You might as well have been watching someone play a video game.
That being said, I did enjoy Russell Crowe's performance as Jor-El and Henry Cavill was appropriately casted as Superman. However all he had was the look. His performance was nothing more than ordinary. I'm curious to see if they recast Cavill as Superman or seek out better talent.
This is a very forgettable, superficial film and you wouldn't be missing much if you decided to skip it.