Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden

Snowden Isn’t the Thrilling Biopic It Wants to Be

It’s difficult to write a review about Snowden because it’s so bland. I don’t even know how being this bland is possible for a movie with such a good pedigree. I mean, it’s directed by Oliver Stone (Any Given Sunday, Platoon). It has great actors like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Rhys Ifans, Nicholas Cage, and Zachary Quinto. And it’s about a public figure who, to this day, is controversial. That should make it fascinating! So why isn’t it? Continue reading “Snowden Isn’t the Thrilling Biopic It Wants to Be”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Looper

Looper Couldn’t Close Its Own Loopholes

When I first saw the trailer for Looper, my immediate thought was “Who the f*** is that?!” I had absolutely no clue that it was Joseph Gordon-Levitt until I was reading one of my favorite celebrity gossip blogs, and they said it was him. As a naturally skeptical person, I IMDBed the movie and YouTubed the trailer because I still couldn’t believe that it was Joseph Gordon-Levitt underneath the creepy prosthetics and that raspy, action hero voice. But when I realized he was playing Bruce Willis in the past, I was kind of intrigued. Continue reading “Looper Couldn’t Close Its Own Loopholes”

Batman vs. Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises, Falls, Growls…

Before I start this movie review, I want to take a moment to mention the infamous violence that will unfortunately and quite possibly forever be associated with The Dark Knight Rises. I’m not going to debate about gun control or the lack of emergency preparedness because such politicizing would be insulting to the victims and their families; and I certainly won’t assume to understand the motives of a person who had a mind to kill innocent people he never knew. But I want you to think, as I did during the movie, about this event in terms of our love-hate relationship with violence.

I, for one, am not someone who believes that watching violent movies or playing violent video games makes people violent. Do I think it overexposes us to violence and makes us numb to it? Yes. But a violent mind is bred biologically, psychologically, and behaviorally—not manipulated solely by sources of entertainment. Now that you understand where I’m coming from, I want to you to think about something.  Continue reading “The Dark Knight Rises, Falls, Growls…”