Movie still from The Divergent Series third installment, Allegiant

Allegiant: Will Somebody Pull the Plug on This Franchise?

The Divergent Series feels like the never-ending story. Not only are three books being stretched into four movies, but the movies have gotten progressively worse each time, which makes the slow jog to the finish line that much more unbearable (Did no one learn their lesson after The Hobbit?). Do we blame it on bad filmmaking, author Veronica Roth’s mediocre young adult novels, the bland actors who play one-dimensional characters, or the onslaught of too-similar special snowflake saves dystopian society stories? I say all of the above. Continue reading “Allegiant: Will Somebody Pull the Plug on This Franchise?”

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Fantastic Four Is So Bad That It Makes Me Want to Watch the 2005 Film

After teleporting to an alternate universe where their physical forms are dangerously altered, Reed Richards (Miles Teller), Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell), Sue Storm (Kate Mara), and Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan) must learn to control their powers and use them to stop Victor Von Doom (Toby Kebbell) from destroying the Earth. Continue reading “Fantastic Four Is So Bad That It Makes Me Want to Watch the 2005 Film”

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Insurgent: Nothing More Than a Means to an End

Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are on the run from Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet), who needs a Divergent to open a message box from their society’s founders. Along the way, Tris fights her inner demons while Four encounters his mother, Evelyn (Naomi Watts), who was presumed dead and now gathers an army of factionless to overthrow Erudite and the faction system. Continue reading “Insurgent: Nothing More Than a Means to an End”

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Whiplash: J.K. Simmons Deserves All the Awards

Andrew (Miles Teller) is an aspiring drummer at the prestigious Shaffer Conservatory of Music. When he’s invited to join the Studio Band, the school’s competitive jazz band, as an alternative drummer by conductor Terrence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), Andrew quickly learns that Fletcher is an emotionally-abusive mentor who is out to ruin his life and make him a better musician at the same time. Continue reading “Whiplash: J.K. Simmons Deserves All the Awards”

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Divergent: Same Formula, Different Concept

Five factions coexist in dystopian Chicago—Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the friendly), Erudite (the knowledgeable), and Candor (the honest). On Choosing Day, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) must choose one of them. After getting inconclusive aptitude results, a problem that Tris later learns is called “Divergent,” she chooses to join the Dauntless faction, forsaking her Abnegation life and family. Continue reading “Divergent: Same Formula, Different Concept”