Alien: Covenant (2017)

Alien: Covenant Feels More Like a Frankenstein Movie Than an Alien Movie

I’ll cut to the chase. Alien: Covenant is better than Prometheus, but it’s not (nor will any movie in this franchise ever be) better than Alien or Aliens. Cool? Cool. Let’s dive into the movie now. Continue reading “Alien: Covenant Feels More Like a Frankenstein Movie Than an Alien Movie”

Get Out (2017)

Get Out: The Best Horror Movie of 2017?

Picture Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner with a dash of Deliverance and a Stepford Wives twist. That’s Get Out in a brilliant nutshell. Written and directed by Jordan Peele (MadTVKey & PeeleKeanu), the film is about racism and black fear. That doesn’t mean white audiences won’t like it or that it’s “reverse racism” (not a thing), but it does mean this film is crafted around the black experience. So calm down, white people. Not everything is about us. Continue reading “Get Out: The Best Horror Movie of 2017?”

Amy Adams in Arrival (2016)

Arrival: Who Knew a Movie About Alien Linguistics Would Cut So Deep?

Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario), Arrival isn’t your typical sci-fi. Yes, it has the striking visuals of aliens and their ships (on a fairly modest $50 million budget, I might add) and a truly unnerving yet gorgeous score from Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory of Everything, Sicario), but it’s less focused on the “wow factor” of science fiction. Instead, it chooses to be a deep and devastating story about life and human connection. And throughout all of it, it examines the role language plays in those moments. Continue reading “Arrival: Who Knew a Movie About Alien Linguistics Would Cut So Deep?”

Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Should’ve Taken Its Own Title’s Advice

What a hilarious garbage movie. It’s so bad that it’s fun (or it had enough action distractions to make me feel like it was fun). It’s peak Tom Cruise…in the sense that Tom Cruise has gotten so far up his own ass that he can’t play any character besides the characters Tom Cruise has already played. You know, the tall, dark, handsome, tall (Yes, I said tall twice because Tommy wears lifts in his shoes) ass-kicker with the edgy name like Ethan Hunt or William Cage.
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Blake Lively in The Shallows

The Shallows Is Enjoyably Ridiculous

A hot blonde vs. a shark. That’s The Shallows. I should hate this. So why don’t I? Because this summer has been a huge letdown. Every “blockbuster” has either been a sequel, underwhelming, straight-up mediocre, or all of the above. And that’s exactly why this average, unintentionally hilarious suspense/thriller is so entertaining! Continue reading “The Shallows Is Enjoyably Ridiculous”