Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad Has Its Moments, But It Wastes So Much Potential

There’s a lot of internet nonsense surrounding Suicide Squad. Film critics released scathing reviews after the media embargo lifted, and fans got pissed, petitioning Rotten Tomatoes (You geniuses know Warner Bros has ownership stakes in the site, right?) and boosting ratings for Suicide Squad on iMDB, despite haven’t actually seeing the movie. And now that Suicide Squad is doing well at the box office (by August standards), people are like “Critics are worthless!” *sigh* Continue reading “Suicide Squad Has Its Moments, But It Wastes So Much Potential”

Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan in The Legend of Tarzan

The Legend of Tarzan: Hey, At Least It’s Pretty

Let me spare you the agony of reading this whole review if you’re not interested in The Legend of Tarzan beyond Alexander Skarsgård’s body (I’m not judging. He’s a gorgeous Swedish viking sex god). He doesn’t take his shirt off until midway through the second act. In a movie that’s only 109 minutes long, that’s waaaaay too long to get to the meat, if you will. And the sex scene where Margot Robbie supposedly punched him for animalistic passion? Nicholas Sparks level of vanilla. If you were hoping for dirty panting jungle sex between two really, really beautiful people, you won’t get it. Continue reading “The Legend of Tarzan: Hey, At Least It’s Pretty”

Tina Fey and Billy Bob Thornton Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Isn’t the Movie You Were Expecting

So if you saw any of the trailers for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, you probably thought it was going to be a terrible rom-com set during the War in Afghanistan (which, yeah, that would be awful). And while this movie does have a little Eat, Pray, Love vibe to it since its main character, Kim Baker (played by Tina Fey), is a white, middle-aged woman looking for more adventure in her life—career and relationship-wise—Whiskey Tango Foxtrot leans more toward Zero Dark Thirty or The Hurt Locker. Continue reading “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Isn’t the Movie You Were Expecting”

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort

The Wolf of Wall Street: The Facade of Greed

The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the life of stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), also known as the “Wolf of Wall Street.” Belfort started his Wall Street career as a humble cold-caller working under boss Mark Hanna (Matthew McConaughey). With Hanna’s mentoring, however, Belfort becomes a drug-using, hooker-loving, smooth-talker. After his first day with his broker’s license is cut short thanks to the infamous Black Monday (October 19, 1987), Belfort is forced to find a new job with a seedy investment center, which rips off customers by taking 50% commission from penny stocks. Eventually, Belfort breaks away to start his own company, Stratton Oakmont, Inc., with new friend Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill). Together, with a group of friends, Belfort and Azoff fraud their way to the top of Wall Street. That is, of course, until FBI agent Patrick Denham (Kyle Chandler) gets on their tail. Continue reading “The Wolf of Wall Street: The Facade of Greed”