Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Kong: Skull Island Lays the Foundation for a Monster Franchise

Kong: Skull Island is a prequel of sorts, though probably not in the way you’re expecting. Then again, if you’ve kept up with, well, the internet, the secret’s been out for some time. Kong will face Godzilla in 2020, so Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island is the prequel to Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla. We’re about to get a franchise of monster fights that will hopefully provide more knock-down-drag-out awesomeness than other “versus” movies we’ve seen of late. Continue reading “Kong: Skull Island Lays the Foundation for a Monster Franchise”

Tilda Swinton and Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange (2016)

Doctor Strange: A Trippy Origin Story Featuring the Internet’s Boyfriend

Doctor Strange is definitely Marvel’s “weirdest” film to date—though considering we’ve already seen two Thor films and Guardians of the Galaxy, it shouldn’t be that weird. Continue reading “Doctor Strange: A Trippy Origin Story Featuring the Internet’s Boyfriend”

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Is Another Mediocre Film from Tim Burton

I think it’s time for Tim Burton to retire. Or at least take a nice long holiday and then come back refreshed. Because, like his infamous leading man Johnny Depp, he’s gotten himself in a rut. He’s always been the “weird” director, which once meant he could take odd, creepy stories and find the beauty in them. (Remember Corpse Bride?) Now, it’s as if the weirdness has become a gimmick that consumes the film, leaving no room for storytelling or art. Continue reading “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Is Another Mediocre Film from Tim Burton”

Mia Wasikowska in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

Alice Through the Looking Glass Is a Waste of Time

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, which came out back in 2010, was a bit of a gamble. It was the studio’s first live-action retelling of one of their classic animated films. It was mostly CGI, which is ungodly expensive. And it starred a relatively unknown actress at the time (Mia Wasikowska) in its titular role alongside a well-known character actor who was starting to face backlash for his oversaturation (Johnny Depp). But it was a HUGE success, crossing the $1 billion mark, which helped greenlight the live-action retellings we’re seeing now: Maleficent, CinderellaThe Jungle BookBeauty and the Beast. Continue reading “Alice Through the Looking Glass Is a Waste of Time”

Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron in The Huntsman: Winter's War 2016

The Huntsman: Winter’s War Lacks Purpose

“Why did we need a sequel?” seemed to be the question with The Huntsman: Winter’s War, especially after the confusing trailers made this movie look like both a prequel and a sequel, but without Snow White. Well, 2012’s Snow White and The Huntsman (SWATH) did “okay” at the box office and with critics, so Universal thought that warranted a sequel (Yay, mediocrity). So here we are. Continue reading “The Huntsman: Winter’s War Lacks Purpose”