Christian Bale in The Big Short

The Big Short: Educational or Condescending?

“Is this trying to be educational or condescending?” is what I kept asking myself during The Big Short. Because it’s got this weird (to borrow the term from A.V. Club) edu-tainment way of storytelling. Think heist-like comedy of going against “the man” mixed with docudrama exposing Wall Street for its shitty ways. I think that’s where a lot of my issues stem from with this movie. I can’t tell if it’s being informative or talking down to me. Continue reading “The Big Short: Educational or Condescending?”

Fury (2014)

Fury: A War Movie That Doesn’t Glamorize War

In April 1945, American troops have pushed through the front into Nazi Germany, but they’re outgunned by the sophisticated German weaponry.  Despite extreme losses for the Americans, Wardaddy (Brad Pitt), Bible (Shia LaBeouf), Gordo (Michael Peña), Coon-Ass (Jon Bernthal), and newcomer Norman (Logan Lerman) drive their five-man tank Fury through enemy lines and make their final stand at a crossroads between an Allied camp and a troop of SS. Continue reading “Fury: A War Movie That Doesn’t Glamorize War”

12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 Years A Slave: Brutal Yet Beautiful

Well, kids, believe the Oscar talk on this one. 12 Years A Slave is a film to be reckoned with. Unlike a lot of the films about slavery (and there are A LOT), 12 Years A Slave is probably one of the more violent and depressing, most of which has to do with its subject matter. The story actually comes from an autobiographical book written in 1853 by the real Solomon Northup, who is played by the relatively unknown Chiwetel Ejiofor in this film. Since I couldn’t find a good (or short) plot description, I’ll just go ahead and explain it here before we get into the heavy stuff. Continue reading “12 Years A Slave: Brutal Yet Beautiful”

Brad Pitt in World War Z

World War Z: Another Bloated Zombie Film

Remember how I said I can tell how a movie’s going to turn out just from the trailer? Yeah, World War Z was exactly what I thought it would be. A hot mess. But you didn’t need to analyze the trailer to know that World War Z would be a hot mess. All you had to do was read the news about its production. Continue reading “World War Z: Another Bloated Zombie Film”