insurgent movie

Insurgent: Nothing More Than a Means to an End

Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are on the run from Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet), who needs a Divergent to open a message box from their society’s founders. Along the way, Tris fights her inner demons while Four encounters his mother, Evelyn (Naomi Watts), who was presumed dead and now gathers an army of factionless to overthrow Erudite and the faction system. Continue reading “Insurgent: Nothing More Than a Means to an End”

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

Fifty Shades of Grey: Turning a Literature Turd into a Polished Film Turd

College student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) begins a sexual journey with young entrepreneur Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), who introduces her to the world of BDSM. After falling in love with him during their time together, however, Ana realizes she wants more than just sex with the emotionally-distant Christian. Continue reading “Fifty Shades of Grey: Turning a Literature Turd into a Polished Film Turd”

wild reese witherspoon

Wild: Not Feeling the Film or Reese Witherspoon

If you’re looking for another version of EatPray, Love, here you go. Wild is the film adaptation of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, a memoir about real-life Cheryl Strayed (played by Reese Witherspoon), who embarks on a 1,100-mile hike up the Pacific Crest Trail while fighting addiction, coping with death, and going through a divorce alone. Movies like this are crack for white, middle-class suburbanites. Continue reading “Wild: Not Feeling the Film or Reese Witherspoon”

The Hobbit 3 (2014)

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Is A Mess

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin (Richard Armitage), and the dwarfs recover the dwarf city of Erebor while the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) lays waste to Lake Town. After Bard (Luke Evans) defeats Smaug, everyone in Middle-earth turns their eyes toward Erebor and Thorin’s inherited treasure. Thorin must then face his greatest enemies—Thranduil (Lee Pace), Azog the Defiler and his orcs, and the greed for treasure that overcomes him. Continue reading “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Is A Mess”

katniss in mockingjay part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Drags as Much as the Book

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is now the reluctant face of the rebellion against Panem’s Capitol and its leader, President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Meanwhile, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and the other victors remain prisoners in the Capitol, each of them being tortured into revealing information about the rebellion or speaking out against it. Continue reading “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Drags as Much as the Book”

This Is Where I Leave You Movie

This Is Where I Leave You: A Look Into Complicated Relationships and Love

After the death of their father, the Altman children return home to fulfill their father’s dying wish that they “sit shiva,” a Jewish tradition of week-long mourning in which they stay at the family home and receive visitors. During shiva, Judd (Jason Bateman), Wendy (Tina Fey), Paul (Corey Stoll), Phillip (Adam Driver), and their mother, Hillary (Jane Fonda), all confront marital and familial issues. Continue reading “This Is Where I Leave You: A Look Into Complicated Relationships and Love”

Divergent movie 2014

Divergent: Same Formula, Different Concept

Five factions coexist in dystopian Chicago—Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the friendly), Erudite (the knowledgeable), and Candor (the honest). On Choosing Day, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) must choose one of them. After getting inconclusive aptitude results, a problem that Tris later learns is called “Divergent,” she chooses to join the Dauntless faction, forsaking her Abnegation life and family. Continue reading “Divergent: Same Formula, Different Concept”