Javier Bardem in Pirates of the Caribbean 5

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: Can This Franchise Die Now?

Back when Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl came out, it was kind of crazy how much fun a movie based on a cheesy theme park ride at Disney World was. And while we can debate the merits of Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End, they created a decent action-adventure trilogy. Then came On Stranger Tides, a bloated garbage fire of a movie sans two of Pirates‘ three main stars and all of the magic of the first three films. If it weren’t for foreign box offices, Disney wouldn’t have broken even on that crap. Which made the idea of Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment, seem like a not-so-great idea. But, of course, money. Having seen Dead Men Tell No Tales, I can say confidently that Pirates needs to go away for good. Continue reading “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: Can This Franchise Die Now?”

The Imitation Game 2014

The Imitation Game Tries Too Hard to Be a Good Movie, Ends Up Just Okay

Brilliant mathematician and logician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) works with a team of code-breakers for the British government during World War II in hopes of intercepting Nazi communications through Germany’s infamous Enigma code. Continue reading “The Imitation Game Tries Too Hard to Be a Good Movie, Ends Up Just Okay”