War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

Slackers Gotta Slack: Let’s Play Movie Catchup!

So I’ve been bad about writing reviews this month. Because summer and shit. You know how it goes. Eating too much barbecue, doing things outside, occasionally getting super depressed thinking about how the inevitable heat death of the universe is coming for us all. The usual stuff. And hey! I managed to tackle Spider-Man: Homecoming, so that’s an accomplishment. But I still have drafts sitting open for Baby DriverWar for the Planet of the Apes, and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets that, let’s be honest, I’m not going to finish. So I figured, screw it, let’s just drop a quick review for each into a single post. That way, we can get caught up! Continue reading “Slackers Gotta Slack: Let’s Play Movie Catchup!”

Daisy Ridley and John Boyega - Star Wars Episode VII

It’s About Damn Time We Had a Movie Like Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Do you remember the feeling you had when you first saw Star Wars? No, not the prequels. I mean the original trilogy starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford. Well, you’re going to get that feeling again when you watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens (a.k.a. Episode VII) because it captures everything that was good about the original trilogy. That’s right—J.J. Abrams did what some of us (including me) thought to be impossible. Continue reading “It’s About Damn Time We Had a Movie Like Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Avengers: Age of Ultron Is a Spectacular Follow-Up to The Avengers

After Ultron, an artificial intelligence created by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), goes rogue, the Avengers are called in to stop him from wiping out the human race with Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who have unique powers of their own. Continue reading “Avengers: Age of Ultron Is a Spectacular Follow-Up to The Avengers”

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014 movie still

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Has a Story as Good As Its Special Effects

Ten years after hyper-intelligent chimpanzee Caesar (Andy Serkis) freed apes throughout the San Francisco area, the apes have created their own hunter-gatherer society in the Redwood forest. Meanwhile, the human population across the globe has been almost entirely wiped out by the same virus that gave Caesar and the apes their intelligence. The apes believe the humans to be long gone until a scouting party led by Malcolm (Jason Clarke) comes into contact with them. Continue reading “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Has a Story as Good As Its Special Effects”

The Hobbit (2012)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey into the History of Middle-earth

As an avid reader of Tolkien’s books and an avid watcher of The Lord of the Rings films, it’s hard for me to divide my thoughts about this movie into binary states of awesome and not awesome because I appreciate staying true to the source material while also understanding that book-to-film interpretations often require extra elements from outside source material. So let’s not waste any more time…
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