Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land (2016)

La La Land: A Bittersweet Love Letter to Old Hollywood

Since its premiere at Venice Film Festival, La La Land has been everywhere, and for good reason. Directed by Damien Chazelle (of the Oscar-winning Whiplash), La La Land is like a giant love letter to Old Hollywood musicals like Singin’ in the Rain and An American in Paris. With fantastic original music, tributes to classic films from the 1940s-1960s, and a charming duo with great chemistry, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that La La Land has been nominated for Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards—and I have no doubt we’ll see it at the 89th Academy Awards, too. Continue reading “La La Land: A Bittersweet Love Letter to Old Hollywood”

emma stone, bradley cooper, and rachel mcadams in aloha

Aloha: A Better Disaster Movie Than San Andreas

Defense contractor Bryan Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) heads to Hawaii to work on a satellite launch for his boss, Carson Welch (Bill Murray). While in Hawaii, Bryan catches up with his ex-girlfriend, Tracy (Rachel McAdams), and forms a new relationship with his Air Force liaison and F-22 fighter pilot Allison Ng (Emma Stone). Continue reading “Aloha: A Better Disaster Movie Than San Andreas”

Andrew Garfield as The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Would Have, Could Have, Should Have

Peter Parker, a.k.a. the Amazing Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield), has become the unofficial hero of New York City, though there are some who question his vigilantism. After graduating from high school, Peter breaks up with long-time girlfriend, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), claiming that he’s unable to forget the promise he made to her father about protecting her. And just in time, too, as former Oscorp electrical engineer Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) suffers a horrible accident and becomes villain Electro. On top of that, Peter’s trying to learn more about his father’s secrets while reuniting with childhood friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), who has a few secrets of his own. Continue reading “The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Would Have, Could Have, Should Have”

Movie 43

Movie 43 is About as Funny as Its Title

You know what’s not hilarious? Paying $9 a person for a movie that is so awful that you have to drink away the memories of just how awful it was. I will tell you right now that Movie 43 is one of the worst movies I’ve seen in a while. The last movie I saw that was this bad was The Watch—and even THAT had a more coherent storyline than this movie.  Continue reading “Movie 43 is About as Funny as Its Title”

Andrew Garfield is Spiderman

Rebooting Spider-Man

A lot of you are probably wondering why Hollywood is rebooting Spider-Man when the last movie was only five years ago. Well, for one, director Sam Raimi kind of started to screw up the story, and people weren’t too happy about that. Also, Sony has to push out a new Spider-Man movie every few years, or they lose the franchise to Disney’s Marvel Studios (I believe). Hence, new Spider-Man. Continue reading “Rebooting Spider-Man”